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Click on the video to view pictures from our September 2013 workshops
for undergraduate students at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

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Instructor William Watkins worked one-on-one with senior musical theatre students on their performance style and audition material and later led a workshop with theatre and music students on “The Business of Show Business.”

Post-workshop student evaluations were highly-favorable, ranging between 4.5 and 5.0 on a scale of 5.0.

The foundation is currently in residence at Winterfield Elementary School in Charlotte, NC. We have created a progressive and challenging curriculum for second grade students to introduce them to the creative process while working to increase their reading skills.

Our focus involves recognition and development of the imagination, daily work on the five senses, discovery and application of elements of story in creating small scenes, role-playing, learning to present in front of groups, and work with concepts of "similar" and "different" in fairy tales and fables from diverse cultural origins.

Integrating song and movement into our work, we use creative play to help children learn and grow, develop social intelligence, and create their own stories and scenes as they discover the delights of the worlds within them and around them.

To inquire about a residency with one or more of our teaching artists using our unique approach in your school, please e-mail us at

August 1 - 12, 2016
Charlotte, NC

John Coffey, Musical Director;
Stephanie Foster, Movement;
William Watkins, Acting and Beginner Tap Dance

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Now enrolling! Click on the link below to register.

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Our Summer Musical Theatre Workshops for students ages 8 to 16* are two-week (10 sessions) intensive workshops taught by musical theatre professionals that immerse young people who have shown interest and ability in the performing arts into the creative process.

45 hours of professional instruction in just 10 days!

Students participate in theatre games; discover the relationship between sound and text in storytelling, and color and form as related to emotions and characterizations; explore shading and intensity as related to art, movement, acting and music; develop small scenes and monologues; improve rhythm skills through movement, music, and basic dance; explore stage movement as a means of expressing character; and work on vocal technique and the integration of singing with acting and movement in producing a short theatre piece.

This is an exploration and process-oriented workshop rather than one that is geared to a final finished production. During the three weeks, we build toward a workshop presentation that showcases learnings at the end of the third week for an invited audience of parents and friends.

Enrollment is strictly limited to 20 students!

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Click on the video to view pictures from our Summer Musical Theatre Workshop 2014 in Charlotte, NC.

Tablet and mobile users may wish to view here

Click on the video to view pictures from our Summer Musical Theatre Workshop 2013 in Charlotte, NC.

Tablet and mobile users may wish to view here

Sponsor A Student for
The Summer Musical Theatre Workshop!

Did you know that over 95% of the students The Earl Wentz and William Watkins Foundation serves come from families living at or below the poverty line?

We require that all our students pay something towards the costs of their classes. We never reveal who pays how much. And we are fully dedicated to our goal of never turning away any interested and qualified student soley based on the ability to pay.

All donations to this fund will help our scholarship dollars go farther.

  • $300 provides tuition for 1 student for 2 weeks
  • $150 provides tuition for 1 student for 1 week
  • $30 provides rental for 1 student's tap shoes for 2 weeks
  • $25.00 provides a daily snack for 1 student for 2 weeks
  • $12.50 provides a daily snack for 1 student for 1 week

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