Brandywine Performing Arts Workshop
Instructor: Lena Miles & August Garritano
The mission of the Brandywine Performing Arts Workshop is to enrich the next generation, and the generations to come, with the necessary life skills to be productive, responsible, and innovative members of this community and the world. We achieve this goal by providing exposure to the performing arts through the disciplines of acting, singing, dancing, musicianship, creativity, and personal expression. We provide a safe and constructive environment that encourages personal growth and self-confidence. Participants will gain an aesthetic appreciation of the performing arts, experience with team building, practice at musicianship, exploration of improvisation, and the experience to perform in front of a live audience.
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The Brandywine Performing Arts Workshop was founded the summer of 2012.
August Garritano is a Southwest Michigan native, born and raised in Niles. August is the co-founder/artistic director of the Brandywine Performing Arts Workshop (PAW), has assisted in many theatrical productions here at Brandywine, including The Wizard of Oz last fall, and he made his community stage directing debut last summer with My Big Gay Italian Wedding at Twin City Players in St. Joseph, MI. August has acted as Assistant Director to Paul Mow, Director of Theatre at Southwestern Michigan College on numerous productions, including the 2015 SMC Spring musical production of Into The Woods. Upon graduating from Brandywine in 2008, August embarked on a two-year journey with The Young Americans – a performing arts group based in Southern California. While with the group, he traveled and performed all over the U.S. teaching children of all ages and performing with award-winning performers, like Hugh Panaro, Laura Bell Bundy, and Susan Egan. August currently studies Acting at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University Online. August plans to audition for the BFA in Directing program at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2015 for admission in the fall of 2016 with even bigger dreams to get his MFA in Directing from The University of Texas at Austin.
Lena Miles, co-founder and artistic director of Brandywine PAW, is from Niles, Michigan where she attended Brandywine schools and graduated as valedictorian in 2011. While at Brandywine, Lena participated in band and choir and received the John Philip Sousa Band Award and Vocal Music Award. She performed in six musicals with roles including Maria inThe Sound of Music and Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. Lena is a senior at Michigan State University where she studies vocal music education and music composition. At MSU’s Community Music School, she teaches early childhood music classes and is the assistant director of Grammy award-winning MSU Children’s Choir. Lena performed with MSU Opera Theatre in La Boheme, Les contes d’Hoffman, and as Petra in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She will also perform in MSU Theatre Department’s March 2015 production ofCHESS. Lena is the third place winner of the 2014 National Association for Teachers of Singing Michigan competition in the musical theatre division, and a winner of the 2013 MSU Large Ensemble Composition Competition. Lena sings with the MSU University Chorale and Women’s Chamber Ensemble. She occasionally performs with the jazz group, the Matt LoRusso Trio of Lansing, or the rock group Zap of Niles. She recently served as music director of DeWitt Middle School’s FLAPPER and Twin City Players’ My Big Gay Italian Wedding with August Garritano. After graduating with two Bachelor’s of Music degrees in spring of 2016, Lena would like to teach music in a public school and continue composing.
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