Green Tea & Little Green Tea
Sweet Tea Shakespeare's Youth & Children's Companies
Green Tea is not just another camp or after-school program.
In Green Tea, students experience wonder, hard work, and collaboration. They’re invited to engage in empathy.
Green Tea & Little Green Tea are unlike your run-of-the-mill enrichment program. Instead, participants become true members of the Sweet Tea Shakespeare company and community, engaging in the planning and production of rich work, participating in our main stage productions along side professionals and emerging professionals. Participants drive the conversation about the work they create, developing leadership skills and shaping habits that will benefit them for a lifetime.
Green Tea & Little Green Tea foster deep learning.
Green Tea (ages 12-17) and Little Green Tea (ages 4-11) bring Shakespeare to young adults and children in a fresh way, encouraging them to find joy in stories old and new, working towards mastery of language, character building, and problem-solving. Through Green Tea and Little Green Tea, we aim to develop a community of storytellers, people of grit and determination, and curious humans who work together to discover the wonder of performing Shakespeare, making friends, and delighting in play.
During our regular Green Tea and Little Green Tea sessions, students will learn to work as an ensemble to make authentic theatre focused on collaboration, cognitive skills, confidence, and joy. Young adults and children alike will be introduced to acting techniques, scene study, improvisation, physical work, and study of Shakespeare’s language over the course of a year. The program will culminate in a full performance at least once each year. These young companies also regularly contribute to our main stage productions.
Participants can join at any time throughout the year.
Who… Young adults ages 12-17.
Where…The Capital Encore Academy.
When… One Sunday per month. Ages 12-14 @ 1-3pm. Ages 15-17 @ 3:30-5:30pm
Registration and payment for Green Tea can be found HERE!
**Though the classes will be split into two age groups (12-14 and 15-17) the performance will include the entire group**
Little Green Tea Is…
Little Green Tea is a program geared towards younger artists in the elementary to middle school age range. Little Green Tea provides educational theatre classes for those youngsters interested in drama, Shakespeare, and the arts. Our classes are filled with fun, laughter, and learning – they are jam packed with supplemental materials that focus on setting your child off on a journey towards authentic story-telling, confidence, fun, and wonder.
Who… Elementary and middle school aged children
Where… Zoom (link will be sent after payment is confirmed and before class begins)
When… Level 1 (elementary aged): First and Third Saturdays of the month; 12-1 PM EST
Level 2 (upper elementary and middle school aged): Second and Fourth Saturdays of the month; 12-1 PM EST
Please register by the first of the month in order to attend classes for that month and going forward. So, if your child wishes to join in for September Saturday classes, you’ll need to complete registration by September 1.
Please begin registration HERE. After registration is complete, you will receive an email detailing our on-boarding for classes and how to complete payment.
Meet the Instructors
Amanda M. Rogus (Little Green Tea) is an avid actor-scholar currently working on her MFA at Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program and is a company member with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She holds an MLitt from Mary Baldwin and an MS in Educational Psychology from Capella University. She has acted and served as an education artist at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and the American Shakespeare Center. Most recently with Sweet Tea Shakespeare, she has acted in The Way of the World (Lady Wishfort), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Holofernes), Galathea (Rafe), and Dr. Faustus (Clown/2nd Scholar). She is thrilled to be working as the instructor for Little Green Tea and is certified by the American Red Cross Association for Child Care, OVSJG as a Trauma-Informed Educator, and the National Safety Council for Advanced Educator Certification in CPR, First Aid, and AED.
Traycie Kuhn-Zapata (Green Tea – pictured lower left) is a graduate of Fayetteville State University’s BA Theatre program, drama faculty at Cumberland County’s Southview High School, and a Master in Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She’s worked with Green Tea for over two years and regularly appears on stage as an actor and singer with the company. Taj Allen (Green Tea – pictured lower right) is a Master in Sweet Tea Shakespeare. He’s working with Green Tea alongside Traycie for two years and regularly appears on stage as an actor and singer with the company.
“Love is the strongest choice.”
At Sweet Tea Shakespeare, we believe in love. Love for the text, for the artists, and for the audience. When confronted with any challenge in these wonderful texts, we seek to see how far choosing love will get us.