Summer Series August 17th Edition

Monday, August 17, 2020

Nearing the end of summer, Opening Act continues to Yes, And with a weekly roundup of notable events, helpful resources, and delightful distractions to keep you connected, inspired, and activated as we bravely enter the fall. Delivered to your inbox every Monday morning, the OA Summer Series invites you to connect from a distance!

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Hi Noon Improv (Thursdays @ noon ET, 30 minutes) No experience necessary and all are welcome! Did you know that just 20 minutes of improv practice promotes overall wellbeing? Join Opening Act’s Jeremiah Thompson (Act 2 Fellow), Cathleen Carr, and special guest Paul Gutkowski for this weekly, free, 30 minute improv boost to keep you connected and resilient! Registration is required!  

Yoga with Halima (Monday @ noon, Friday @ noon, Saturday @ 11:30am, Sunday @ 10am – all ET) Teaching since 2014, Halima’s Vinyasa yoga classes focus on proper alignment and straightforward yet challenging sequences in a light-hearted, welcoming environment. Halima believes a mindful practice can decompress and strengthen the body, mind, and spirit! Off the mat Halima is a NYC based actor and Opening Act teaching artist who’s a proud U of Michigan alum. Classes are Pay What You Can.

Anthony Ramos just released his new single, Stop and it’s giving us life! Stop what you’re doing right now and watch this timely, nourishing video for a recharge and reminder that we’re all in this together!

And then take a quick moment to spy Anthony with Opening Act students here

This high school student’s perspective on learning during the time of COVID-19 brings into full focus why including youth voices in the decision making process is so important. 

Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Audible Season is announced and will feature Opening Act Artistic Advisory Board Member Aja Naomi King!

We were introduced to Dr. Gholdy Muhammad earlier this summer through the excellent webinar Abolitionist Teaching and the Future of Our Schools. Catch Dr. Muhammad on August 20, 2020 at 1pm ET for Conversations Around The Table: Equity in Education

Check out the brand new Good Humor ice cream truck song composed by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA! Read more about how this awesome collaboration came about here

Did you miss Opening Act’s Marcus Johnson and Justin Daniel youth theater workshop last week? No problem! Catch it here!

Thrilled to see Art As Air and Charles Chessler collaborating with Opening Act Teaching Artists and Alums! And a short video is on the way too? #YesAnd

Opening Act students completed their summer intensive with The Barrow Group last Friday!

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