*Heather Kline, Theatre Explorers and Musikgarten instructor, Spring Musical Director, V&D Camp Drama Coach, and CVSM Program Manager
Teaching Artist Statement:
From the time we are born and throughout every stage of our development, music impacts our lives. Music helps us learn about the world and ourselves. It brings us joy, comfort, and nurtures and heals our souls. At the age of 11, I said that I wanted to be a teacher. Little did I know that this desire would lead me to mentoring young people in more ways than I could imagine as a teacher and a counselor. My journey has maintained one common theme of using my musical talents to help children and teens. As a teacher my goal is to help my students, from the young toddler to the young at heart, develop confidence, fulfill their musical potential, and find their purpose in life, be it music related or otherwise.
After graduating with a B.S. in Music Education with a concentration in voice and a minor in Theatre, Heather’s first job was working as the Creative Ministries Leader for a parish of four churches. In this role, she created and directed a dance, music, and drama troupe comprised of students ages 10-14 that traveled to perform at various churches, dinners and festivals. She also established and managed The Storm Cellar, a Christian coffee house where local bands would play, providing teens and young adults with “a place to be, to belong, and to be loved.” Since then, her life has lead down many roads, including obtaining a M.Ed. in School Counseling. In 2005, she co-created a theater company called Front and Center Stage and was the music director for several productions, including Godspell and a Christmas Cabaret. Heather has over twenty years of Regional and University theatre experience including roles as Roxy in “Chicago,” Sandy in “Grease,” Mark’s mom/chorus in “Rent,” Winnie in “No, No Nanette,” and Sister Sophia in “The Sound of Music.
Bachelor of Sacred Music, Baptist Bible College. Further study at Towson State, Md. Accompanist for many area instrumental and vocal soloists. Served as musical director for various children’s musical productions at CVSM and is the Minister of Music at Hagerstown Bible Church.
Acting is professional truth telling. The job of an actor is to put themselves into imaginary circumstances and live truthfully within their character’s situation. My goal as an instructor is to help people find that truth and share it with others. Using the methodology of Practical Aesthetics, Meisner, Chekhov, and Stanislavsky, I strive to teach others how to take off their armor and use their own experiences to tell stories on stage.
As a graduate of Bucknell University, Adam Wennick received a BA in Theatre. He then studied at the Atlantic Acting School and Edge Studios in NYC. Adam is a trained performer in multiple acting techniques including Meisner, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Practical Aesthetics. For the past few years, Adam has been teaching students to find truth in character work and storytelling by helping students find the unique combination of methods that work best for them.
Adam Wennick has worked as a voice actor for many major brands including Wawa, Yu-Gi-Oh, Fanta, Froot Loops, Total Wireless, Aramark and many more! He has also appeared in several video games and audio books. During his 6 years working as an actor in NYC, he also produced and directed over 100 shows. Under the moniker VOAdam, he runs a voice acting YouTube channel with over 100,000,000 views.