We are excited to launch our Curve Summer School programme, in partnership with De Montfort University.
Are you aged between 12 – 16 and looking for an exciting opportunity to work with professional artists from Curve and develop a range of performance skills? If so, join our Summer school across a week long course in July.
You can focus on either musical or physical theatre. Those choosing to learn more about musical theatre will enhance their dancing, singing and acting techniques with professional artists from Curve whilst the physical theatre group will focus on creating a devised performance incorporating text and movement.
Both groups will perform their finished pieces to friends and family members on stage at Curve.
Summer School courses will take place Monday to Friday (10am to 4:30pm) from Mon 15 and Mon 22 July.
Week 1 – 15-19 July
Physical theatre – Andy Reeves and Liam Bone
Musical theatre (classic musical theatre repertoire) – Alex Sutton, Steve Duguid and Mel Knott
Week 2 – 22-26 July
Physical theatre – Charity Muiruri and Michael Joseph
Musical Theatre (devising a piece of musical theatre) – Katie Bonna and Rob Green
Andy Reeves is Curve’s Head of Learning. For 18 years Andy was Artistic Director of Speakeasy Theatre Company and has worked as a youth and community arts specialist for The Spark Arts for Children, Soft Touch, and others. For 10 years Andy ran ‘Act Up’, a youth theatre project on the Saffron Lane Estate. Most recently Andy directed ‘Macbeth’ for Curve Young Company.
Liam Bone is a Leicester-based dancer and choreographer. As well as working with Curve Young Company Dance, having graduated from the group in 2017, Liam was movement director on CYC Act’s 2018 production of Zigger Zagger.
Michael Joseph trained at Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance, and Dance Theatre of Harlem School. His movement language is a fusion of strong Contemporary Dance technique with Martial Arts, African Brazilian Capoeira, B Boying and Urban Dance. Michael has worked nationally and internationally as a choreographer and dance artist.
Charity Muiruri is Curve’s Youth & Community Practitioner. Theatre and filmmaker Charity joined Curve’s Learning Team in April 2019. She has led acting technique workshops for Tamasha Theatre Company and in 2016 was commissioned by the Imagine Luton Festival to devise an outdoor theatre show for families. She is co-founder of Luton company The Basement Bunch.
Alex Sutton is a director and choreographer working predominantly in new music theatre, dramaturgy and work with and for young adults. He has he has worked as director or assistant director at the Bristol Old Vic, the Finborough Theatre, the National Theatre Studio and the Royal Opera House. Alex is currently directing Curve Young Company Musicals’ production of Our House.
Mel Knott is Curve’s Associate Dance Artist and has choreographed dance and movement for Curve productions of The Witches, Fidler on the Roof and Oklahoma! Mel was the Director of Dance at The BRIT School in London before moving to Leicester and leads Curve Young Company Dance, as well as lecturing in dance at De Montfort University.
Steve Duguid is a Musical Director for Curve Young Company Musicals, and is currently in rehearsal for their production of Our House. Steve is Director of Performing Arts at Brooke Weston Academy.
Katie Bonna is an actress, poet and writer for stage and screen. Her one-woman show All The Things I Lied About won the 2018 Off West End Award for Most Promising New Playwright following runs at the Paines Plough Roundabout, Edinburgh, Soho Theatre and a UK tour 2017. She regularly runs devising musical theatre courses with the National Youth Musical Theatre.
Rob Green is a musician and composer. An alumnus of the Nottingham Television Workshop, Rob is a member of Curve Associate Company Sheep Soup, whose 2017 musical opened the Inside Out Festival. Rob has performed as a singer and musician at the BBC Proms, Splendour Festival and supported Earth, Wind & Fire on their 2018 UK arena tour.
If you have any more questions about Curve’s Summer School, please contact [email protected]