Matthew McElligott – Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books
Writing, Illustrating, Technology, Science
Writing, Illustrating, Technology, Science
We work with you to create an entertaining, all improvised show that meets your instructional agenda. Showcasing the main tenets of improv (be spontaneous, celebrate positive risk taking, accept and build with what exists, make your partner look good) our shows support your programs on anti-bullying, diversity and inclusion, or enhancing creativity. We also address core subjects using NYS standards as guidelines.
Igniting the fiction writer within.
Guest artist performances:
Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10am – “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity”
This documentary style theatre work by Ping Chong + Company illuminates the daily experiences of five young Muslim Americans who have come of age in a post-9/11 society and are building their lives in a time of continued fear of and violence towards Muslims. Their true stories create a beautiful and intensely poignant cry for tolerance at a time when such sentiments are more necessary than ever. Please note: This performance is sold out. A waiting list is available.
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10am – San Jose Taiko
Mesmerizing audiences since 1973 with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko, these talented performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit as they create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, they have broadened this historical art form with other world rhythms including African, Brazilian, Filipino, Latin and jazz, bridging many styles while still resonating with the Asian soul in America.
Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 10am – “The Gun Show”
Award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis tells the story of America’s relationship with guns through the prism of her own personal experiences, from rural farming community to big city. Leaning neither right nor left, the play jumps into the middle of the gun control debate and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?” Performed by Christopher Smith, it’s “…a powerful show, an important show, and a show everyone should see.” ~ BROADWAY WORLD
UAlbany Department of Music and Theatre performances:
Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10am – “Godspell”
A troupe of actors helps Jesus Christ stage parables with games, storytelling techniques and a hefty dose of comedic timing. Written by “Wicked” creator, Stephen Schwartz, “Godspell” reminds us of the importance of kindness, tolerance and love.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10am – “A Streetcar Named Desire”
In the sweltering heat of New Orleans, Blanche, a fading Southern belle, arrives mysteriously at her sister and brutish brother-in-law’s doorstep. Colliding with their volatile marriage, Blanche grasps after her own crumbling reality. This Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic is a riveting story of fate, desire, and desperation in the pursuit of happiness. Please note: This performance is sold out. A waiting list is available.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10am – “Our Country’s Good” (snow date: 3/8/19)
A boat full of murderers, thieves and marine officers arrive on the shores of Australia. There, an ambitious young lieutenant is set the task of directing a cast of convicts in a play. A true story of the first convict colony, this extraordinary work is about the value of the theatre and the redemptive power of art.
How even a reluctant reader can grow up to become a writer.
This talk has a strong anti Bullying message as well as sharing the struggles growing up as a second language child not learning to read until the 4th grade. Life changing message for all that hear this talk.
Award-winning Japanese storyteller Motoko strives to (1) Advance your students’ literacy skills through storytelling and creative writing; (2) Enhance your students’ understanding of Asian history and cultures; and (3) Expand your students’ knowledge of geometry through the art of origami.
Art as a window into culture, to introduce basic values and symbols of the Iroquois.
Character education, “How do you want to be remembered?”, decisions and outcomes, bullying, power of the mind, “Shake the Dirt”
Programs can be adapted to a wide variety of curriculum related and seasonal themes. For more information, specific program titles, and quotes about the work, please visit the website link below.
Theatre, Performing Arts, Dance, Music