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Heights Performing Arts Camp is a platform for fostering the creative potential of all children. We all want to know that the world we live in is possibly bigger than we realize. That there is more that exists for us….a sense of awe. We want to give kids a chance to experience magic, to understand, and to know that they have not yet begun to reach their potential or experience what the world still has in store for them.  We want to give kids more. Through theatre.
And we need your help.

Building Heights represents a group of CH-UH School District parents supported through the Heights Middle, both of which are dedicated to facilitating a safe, inclusive, community-focused school environment for all students through outreach and programming. While traditionally Building Heights has impacted students at RoxEl and Rox Middle, our current project seeks to foster the creative potential of a broader elementary audience
throughout the district.  

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Ensemble Theatre, housed on the Coventry P.E.A.C.E Campus, is dedicated to the responsible production of works that celebrate the human spirit.  Their guiding principles include a commitment to non-traditional casting and to providing culturally diverse programming that speaks to issues of contemporary life. Educational and outreach activities impact youth and underserved populations through classes as well as resident and touring performances.

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Using criteria developed by Buliding Heights and Ensemble Theatre, we successfully completed our second camp this summer! This year's camp ran from July 16th to August 3rd and culminated in a performance in the Alma Theatre at Cain Park on Saturday August 4th, 2018.  This camp, led by Ensemble Theatre, offers a yearly summer opportunity to children in the district who may not otherwise be
exposed to a rich, theatre arts experience. 

We would like to acknowledge and thank those who are supporting us for our second summer! 

A special Thank You to our 2019 donors:

The Harry K. & Emma R. Fox Foundation |  St. Paul's Episcopal Church | John & Barbara Schubert
William E. & Dallas W. Schubert | Mark D. Anderson & Fey Parrill | Cheryl Stephens
Open Doors Academy | James P. & Loretta Ho Sherblom | Mark S. & Kristin Gallagher | Lillian Anderson
Shari Wolf & Michael Axel | Victoria Parrill

Special Thank you to our Program Partners: 
Greater Cleveland Film Commission  
Lake Erie Ink | Peter Lawson Jones

Special Thank you to our FOOD Sponsors: 
Tommy's Coventry | Poisionberry Bakery
Zagaras  | Deweys Pizza

Our 2018 Supporters, Community Partners and Sponsors!

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MEET THE AMAZING 2019 INSTRUCTORS:

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James Rankin (Instructor/Camp Coordinator) has worked for various education programs throughout northeast Ohio, including Tri-C West for their performing art summer camp, Great Lakes Theatre on their Outreach Tours for 7 plus years, Cleveland Playhouse in their Outreach tour, and a few others. James has taught in multiple capacities from workshops to teaching in a classroom capacity. He primarily teaches acting and theater. He spends most of his time on stage throughout northeast Ohio. This is is second year with Heights Performing Arts camp and he is excited to be back!

 
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Antonio Harper (Instructor) doesn't look like a filmmaker. He's 6-foot-8 and was destined to be a basketball star - until he picked up a camera and started filming his family vacations. His father is who first introduced him to film at a young age, from that point what started as homemade comic strips being acted out by action figures turned into shaky, goofy videos where he and his two sisters played three characters each in his grandparents basement turned into his high school his Cleveland Heights High School teacher Mr. Glass pushing him to keep telling stories, so he chose film over sports - a decision that confused some people. He enrolled in Cleveland State University where he met his partner Abby Burton and they began making comedy shorts such as Unconventional Larry, Gesundheit and The Orientation. They also made a web series mockumentary called Credit Hours, two documentaries Through Their Eyes and The Miracle Foundation and plenty of other shorts all while being full-time students with jobs. Recently, Antonio was the assistant to the production coordinator at the Greater Cleveland Film Commission and in 2017 he worked as Casting Coordination on the feature film White Boy Rick starring Matthew McConaughey. He's also working on a feature-length social issues film as well as a set of short films set for a 2019 release. At 23 years old, Antonio has made over 30 award-winning short films, documentaries, music videos and more. And he's just getting started.

 

We look forward to working with the residential and commercial Cleveland Heights community to continue support for this and future summer camps through donations and sponsorship, keeping this camp FREE for the students. We greatly appreciate your consideration of our request and your expressed enthusiasm for this endeavor.  

Questions please contact: 
Celeste Cosentino, Executive Artistic Director, Ensemble Theatre. 
celeste@ensemble-theatre.org. | 216-321-2930 (Ensemble Office). 
Jen Holland, Chair, Building Heights
buildingheights216@gmail.com | 216.245-1819 (HPAC Phone #)

Images from our Inaugural Camp's Final Performance (2017) in the Alma Theatre at Cain Park. Images by Gabe Shaeffer.  

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