Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre recently partnered with the Miami Arts Studio 6 – 12 at Zelda Glazer, a Miami-Dade Schools magnet program, to offer a new, hands-on internship program for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in theater. The program is made possible by a $15,000 grant from AT&T Aspire, a program that aims to create connections that drive innovation in education.
“Through this innovative partnership with Miami Arts Studio 6-12, Actors’ Playhouse is providing our theater and technical theater students the unique opportunity for real-world experiences within a professional theater, both onstage and backstage,” said Miguel Balsera, principal of Miami Arts Studio 6 – 12. “The students are eager to begin working immediately and incorporating the skills they acquire at school, to a live theater setting. As a prominent community partner, Actors’ Playhouse is playing a vital role in promoting careers in theater and keeping the Arts alive.”
The program, which runs now through August 2019, includes hands-on mentoring experiences for up to 200 students in various areas of interest, including choreography for musical theater and plays, acting, vocal performance, costume design, and building, technical production and stagecraft, and art business administration. This fall, students will support several upcoming productions, including “One Man, Two Guvnors,” “Memphis,” “Doubt” and “Murder for Two.”
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must include a cover letter, resume, recommendation letter, and a completed application form. For information or to apply, visit www.actorsplayhouse.org/internship.htm.
Cutler Bay High School
The Cutler Bay High School Swim Team earned top honors and set new records for their school during The Florida High School Athletic Association’s competition this year.
Mary Smutny won the Girls’ 200 Freestyle and placed second in the Girls’ 100 Freestyle – making her the school’s first State Champion. Hailey Jerew, team captain, placed eighth in the Girls’ 50 Freestyle; and Miguel Sierra, a sophomore, placed eleventh in the Boys’ 100 Butterfly.
In fall 2019, Mary will attend the University of Texas and Hailey will attend Florida Gulf Coast University.
Gulliver Preparatory School
The Florida Foreign Language Association recently named Tzu-yu Zoe Chen, a Mandarin Chinese instructor at Gulliver Preparatory School, Chinese Teacher of the Year for her dedication to students and her work to improve the school’s language program.
“We’re immensely proud of Tzu-yu’s accomplishments. Her wealth of knowledge and devotion to Gulliver has helped enrich our language program beyond our expectations,” said Clifton Kling, president of Gulliver Schools. “Her constant drive to enhance the program attests to her leadership skills in the classroom and within the community.”
During her tenure as a Mandarin Chinese teacher, she’s led the school’s Mandarin Chinese team to host the 11th Florida Statewide Chinese Competition, which featured about 400 students from across Florida. In addition to her nomination, Tzu-yu was elected as a board member of the FFLA and president of the Florida Chinese Teacher Association for the 2018-20 term.
Miami-Dade Public Schools
Miami-Dade School Board member Marta Pérez invites local students to her 20th annual Holiday Book Giveaway 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at John Ferguson High School, 15900 SW 56th St., in Miami.
The event is open to students in kindergarten to grade 12 and will include face painting, snacks and . All attendees will receive a free book and have the chance to enter raffles and earn a bicycle, scooter or laptop.