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Welcome a New Year, and some new faculty members.
Posted by Perry-Mansfield on 1/2/2018

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Happy New Year from Perry-Mansfield!  As we welcome a new year, we also welcome a few new theatre faculty to our camp family.  With the countdown to our 105th summer underway, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more exciting summer news.  CLICK HERE to start your application. We can't wait to see you at P-M in 2018!

Nathan Allen

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Nathan founded The House Theatre of Chicago with friends in the year 2001 and continues to lead the company as Artistic Director. Writing and directing credits include Death and Harry Houdini, The Last Defender, The Sparrow, Rose and the Rime, and The Hammer Trinity (The Iron Stag King, and The Crownless King, The Excelsior King.) He wrote and starred in The Valentine Trilogy (San Valentino and The Melancholy Kid, Curse of the Crying Heart, and Valentine Victorious) and directed The Magnificents by Dennis Watkins, with whom he also created the weekly magic show, The Magic Parlour. Nathan's work has been seen on the stages of The House, The Steppenwolf Merle Reskin Garage Theatre, The Arsht Center of Miami, The Stoneham Theatre in Boston, Strawdog Theatre, The Neo-Futurarium, Collaboraction, and The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

Nathan is a Founding Partner of the Chicago Performance Lab at The University of Chicago, and continues to serve as a curator. He has co-produced the support and development of over 50 new plays and projects, dozens of which have gone on to production at performing arts organizations around Chicago.

Nathan has received acknowledgements from the Joseph Jefferson Awards, The Orgie Awards, and The American College Theatre Festival.  He is an Eagle Scout, and a Hunt Leadership Scholar. He has been named an Associate Artist at The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, and received the Emerging Leader Award from his alma mater, Southern Methodist University. 

 

Michael Smith

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Michael received a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre from Skidmore College, where he graduated with honors  in 1999.  In 2001 he became the Director of Theatre Arts at North Lawndale College Prep. Charter School (NLCP) in Chicago.  There he taught several Theatre, Public Speaking and College Prep courses between the years of 2001 and 2007.  He also directed several school plays during his time at NLCP.  In 2007, Michael left NLCP to join the Educational Services Team at the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center (RNBC) located in Skokie.  For the past 10 years, Mike has worked at RNBC as an Education Specialist and, along with his colleagues, continues to research, develop and present RNBC’s Executive Functions Curriculum to schools throughout the Chicagoland area.  He is also an experienced Executive Function tutor and has helped hundreds of students (ranging from 4th grade to college) with their organizational, time management and study skills. He is also the current Director of Education at The House Theatre of Chicago, where he has developed several arts based programs for teens and young artists in Chicago. Mike is also an actor and has remained an active performer in Chicago’s vibrant Off-Loop Theatre Scene for almost two decades!  Over the years, Mike has performed in several awarding winning and critically acclaimed productions with the House.

 

Jake Minton

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Jake Minton is a writer, actor, and teacher from Dallas, Texas. Trained in Dallas at the acclaimed Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School and Southern Methodist University's renowned Meadows School of the Arts, Jake also spent two incredible high school summers at Perry-Mansfield where he starred in Merrily We Roll Along and played Sweeney in P-M's first production of Sweeney Todd, both under the direction of Bruce Roach. After college, Jake joined The House Theatre of Chicago as an actor and playwright. He starred in many productions and co-wrote some of the company's biggest hits, including Dave DaVinci Saves the Universe, The Sparrow (Dramatic Publishing), Rose and the Rime (Dramatic Publishing), and an original musical version of The Nutcracker that has received dozens of productions throughout the country and can be seen on stage at The House every December. As a teacher, Jake has taught both theater and general education courses for students at the pre-school, elementary, middle school, high school, and university levels, including guest artist workshops at Northwestern University, Hope College, Bradley University, and Southern Methodist University. He currently enjoys teaching Kindergarten at St. John's Episcopal School in Dallas, where he has received recognition as an Outstanding Educator from the local ABC News affiliate. Jake has spoken about the importance of men in early childhood education at TedX SMU and about his love for Mister Rogers at The Extra Yard for Teachers Summit. In 2017 Jake was proud to return to Perry-Mansfield as the art teacher for the Discovery Day Camp. According to Jake, "Teaching very young children and teaching artists and performers of any age is exciting because both groups are passionate about making discoveries and finding new ways to experience and interpret the world around them. And both groups need help stepping beyond their own egos and creating communities based in kindness, courage, and collaboration. Being an artist makes me a better Kindergarten teacher, and teaching Kindergartners makes me a better artist."