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The FTA Storytelling Workshop Performance


The Folly Tree Arboretum Storytelling Workshop Performance⁣

Saturday July 22 @ 6pm

Co-Directors + Head Counselors: Shayna Stripe + Isla Hansen⁣

The Folly Tree Arboretum Storytelling Workshop is a project-based outdoor arts and performance camp for kids ages 8 – 12 and takes place over one week. The Workshop guides kids to explore their own creativity through dramatic play, making, and discovering relationships between ecology and the arts. Participants will be inspired by outdoor exploration and an introduction to our gardens, trees, and pollinator insects. Project-based hands-on collaborative workshops will include improv games; storytelling exercises; narrative and abstract puppetry; mask, costume, and prop making; music and dance; and include learning about the natural sciences throughout. The 5 day workshop culminates with a collaborative Saturday outdoor performance amongst the trees, open to both parents and the public. ⁣The performance will be scored live by Chase Ceglie and Jonny Campolo!


Workshop Teachers/Dream Team: ⁣

Shayna Strype is a theater, film, and puppetry artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She taught Middle School and Elementary School Theater at Friends Seminary in Manhattan for eight years and worked for six summers as a counselor and director at Ghost Light Theater camp in Maine. She is the recipient of a 2020 Jim Henson Workshop Grant. Shayna was the 2022 Summer Artist in Residency at School of Visual Arts: Art Practice Program in NYC. She holds an MFA in Theater from Sarah Lawrence College.⁣

Isla Hansen is an artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture, Installation, and Site at the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently piloting an artist in residence program at the Children’s School, a lab preschool in Pittsburgh; and is an artist in residence at the Mattress Factory Museum.⁣ Poster: @nishantsaldanha