Guest Artist, Teaching Artist
THOMAS SCHULTHEIS has served as a Teaching Artist for numerous Academies, Competitions, Festivals, Intensives, Invitationals, and Showcases. Additionally, Thomas has performed on Broadway in the revival of Grease! as well as tours of Grease!, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Chicago and South Pacific. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Virginia. Thomas has also worked for The Walt Disney Company for 13 years and is the Sales Manager for Disney Performing Arts at the Disneyland® Resort. Under his award winning leadership he created Disney Performing Arts presents: An Educators Summit: Inspiring Brilliance, a 2 day Summit which brings leading educators together from around the world. He also developed the first individual workshop opportunity for students at The Walt Disney Company called Disney Performing Arts Open Enrollment as well as the first Disney Performing Arts Conservatory. Thomas has also worked as a choreographer for over 20 years, his credits include Off-Broadway productions of original work with the cast of the Broadway’s [title of show], and productions for over a dozen High Schools & Colleges. Thomas is a member of the Concordia University, Irvine’s School of Education Advisory Council and he continues to write his blog myweeklyfascination for 5 years. The blog motto speaks to his own philosophy: “life has much to offer, find inspiration.”
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
In this interactive workshop we act, sing, dance, and utilize improvisation to discover our own inspirations. We will explore ways to discover passions in our pursuit of the arts and build upon our capacity for creative thinking.
Let Me Try That Again
, , Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, , ,
In this workshop we will learn a way to process failure. We will explore how we can transform failure / shame / embarrassment / loss / mortification into something new and useful, learn from it, create from it, and celebrate it.
Musical Theatre Exploration Clinic
, Intermediate, Advanced / , , Musical Theatre, , ,
Music, Movement, and Storytelling come together in this fun, focused clinic. Thomas will work with students with the goal of emphasizing individual strengths and talents, improving connection to material, exploring context, authenticity, technique, purposeful movement, and improved performance. Using, at times, unconventional methods, he will customize his approach according to each performer.
Each student should come prepared with 1 song and the ability to play accompaniment on the music player provided by the event. However, A Cappella is also welcomed.