Fall Workshop 2021

I am so excited to hold my very first weekend workshop October 1-2, 2021 at Argenta Community Theatre. This workshop is all about building our confidence after such a long break from performing due to the pandemic.

Workshop Sessions

  • Performance Anxiety: How to Cope led by Michele May Clark, MS, LAC, LAMFT
    • Do you ever get the pre-audition/performance jitters? Michele will give tips to students and parents, providing some strategies to calm and ground you before going on stage!
  • Make a Move: Movement Inspired by Text led by Shelby-Allison Hibbs
    • Do you ever feel lost in your body when performing? Have you ever been told you move or gesture too much, or not enough? Shelby will help to simplify the movement process by giving you ideas that are supported by the lyrics of your song so you can feel confident and supported by the character you are representing. Bring a song (sheet music and a lyrics page) to explore during this session.
  • Storytelling through Song Masterclass led by Dr. Scott Holsclaw
    • Dr. Holsclaw will help students discover their motivations as they perform their song. A masterclass is when a group of people gather together to learn from a “master” in their field – someone that has way more experience than you so you can grow in your craft. Selected students will perform their song while the rest of us learn through observation.
  • Vocal Health led by Jill Fitzpatrick, MA, CCC-SLP
    • Get to know your instrument through this informative session that will cover ways to maintain your voice, and how to recognize when there may be a problem. This session is recommended for students and parents.
  • Auditioning: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Panel includes Stephanie Faatz-Murry, Dr. Scott Holsclaw, and mother/daughter duo Susan & Brooke Melton
    • Students and parents are invited to participate in this discussion which will cover community, school, collegiate, and professional auditions including questions like: What skills outside of acting, singing, and dancing should I consider building? Is there ever a time I shouldn’t audition? Is it okay to turn a role down? And of course, how to prepare for an audition or callback.
  • Intro to Alexander Technique & Body Mapping led by Stephanie Faatz-Murry
    • Students will learn to bring more of themselves into each performance, developing a better understanding of how their bodies move and how physical awareness affects their overall sound. Be prepared to move and play!

Registration & Fee


Friday, October 1

  • 5:45-6:00 Arrival & Check-In
  • 6:00-6:10 Welcome
  • 6:10-7:10 Performance Anxiety: How to Cope led by Michele May Clark, MS, LAC, LAMFT
  • 7:10-7:15 Break
  • 7:15-8:45 Make a Move: Movement Inspired by Text led by Shelby-Allison Hibbs
  • 8:45-9:00 Reflection & Dismissal

Saturday, October 2

  • 10:30-10:40 Arrival & Check-In
  • 10:45-11:40 Storytelling through Song Masterclass led by Dr. Scott Holsclaw
  • 11:45-12:15 Lunch in Argenta Plaza – Bring a sack lunch (weather permitting)
  • 12:20-1:00 Vocal Health led by Jill Fitzpatrick, MA, CCC-SLP
  • 1:00 -1:55 Storytelling through Song Masterclass led by Dr. Scott Holsclaw
  • 1:55-2:00 Break
  • 2:00-2:55 Auditioning: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • 2:55-3:00 Break
  • 3:00-4:20 Intro to Alexander Technique & Body Mapping led by Stephanie Faatz-Murry
  • 4:20-4:30 Reflection & Dismissal

If you have a scheduling conflict with the workshop, but wish you could attend – please reach out to me. We may be able to work out a partial attendance. If the conflict is due to a theatre or music rehearsal, I may be able to talk to the director to see if they would allow you to attend.

COVID-19 Precautions

All attendees will wear a mask unless actively performing (students who are chosen to perform in the masterclass) or eating/drinking. Proof of vaccination will be required for everyone in attendance, with the exception of those who are too young to receive the vaccine. Please be cautious and courteous by keeping appropriate distance if not masked. All students are asked to bring either a beach towel or a yoga mat to act as their personal area – it will also be used throughout the workshop.

Guest Artist & Speaker Bios

If you have any questions about the guest artist and speakers, please let me know!

Dr. Scott Holsclaw, Professor Emeritus at Ouachita Baptist University, served for over thirty years, as a professor of theatre, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, and Dean of the School of Fine arts.  Dr. Holsclaw received degrees from the University of Kentucky and from New York University in theatre education.  Dr. Holsclaw has performed professionally and has taught Acting, Directing and Musical Theatre performance.  He has directed and choreographed numerous productions, not only on the college level but also professionally.  He served as the Artistic Director for one of the longest running outdoor dramas in the country, The Stephen Foster Story, located in his home state of Kentucky.  He has served on numerous arts boards and committees, including an appointment by Governor Beebe to the Arkansas Arts Council.  In 2005 he directed the first American/Chinese student production at Peking University.  Dr. Holsclaw has been doing theatre his whole life and believes in the power of theatre to entertain, generate needed conversations about life events, and change lives.

A native of Rochester, NY, Stephanie is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Ouachita Baptist University. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Arkansas, a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia and a certificate in Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She has worked regionally throughout the United States with companies such as Playhouse on the Square, Charleston Stage and Black Hills Playhouse and internationally in South Korea. She is also a 200-hr certified Yoga Teacher and studying to become an Alexander Technique Teacher through the Contemporary Alexander School. When not on stage, Stephanie loves directing, choreographing and teaching performers of all ages! Aside from theatre, her greatest loves in life are her husband Matt and their two funny pups, Scamp and Gizmo!

Hibbs, an Arkansas native, is a director, teaching artist, and award-winning writer having worked in Dallas and NY/NJ and was recently appointed as the new Executive Director of The Studio Theatre. She recently spent six years as a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas where she directed shows like Rocky Horror, Harvest, Midsummer (on Insta), Julius Caesar, Urinetown, Avenue Q, and a devised piece: A Mirror Right Through You. She has taught a variety of courses in acting, creating original work, theatre history, and directing. While in Dallas, she worked extensively with avant-garde performance group Dead White Zombies and other theatres including: Cry Havoc, Dallas Theater Center, WaterTower Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, Dallas Children’s Theater, among others. She has presented scholarly and creative work at several national conferences around the country. She was a member of Dallas Playwright’s Workshop with The Dallas Theater Center and the Dramatists Guild. Graduate of the MFA program at Baylor University. She is an avid baker, has two chihuahuas and a cat, and owns a home/office organizing business. http://www.shelbyallisonhibbs.com

Jill Fitzpatrick, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist at Arkansas Otolaryngology Center in Little Rock specializing in voice, swallowing and airway disorders.  Jill has been in practice for 30 years providing evaluation and treatment of voice disorders through the life span.  For the past 22 years, she has partnered with Dr. Adrian Williamson, ENT to run the AOC Voice Clinic.  Jill is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the University of Central Arkansas training future speech-language pathologists in the field of voice and airway disorders.  Outside of work, you will find Jill visiting her adult daughters and spending time with her four-legged friends, Cherry, and Pixie.

Brooke Melton is a Little Rock native who grew up taking classes and performing at the Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre, The Studio Theatre, and The Royal Theatre. Brooke has her Bachelors of Music in Musical Theatre from Oklahoma City University and is now working towards her Masters in Vocal Performance: Musical Theatre from New York University.
Susan Melton helped Brooke audition for around 15 undergrad colleges and encouraged her to apply to NYU for grad school. Susan created organized documents with audition requirements for each school and traveled with Brooke to each of her auditions. Susan is still involved with the Arkansas theatre community as a volunteer costumer.

Michele Clark M.S. LAC, LAMFT has worked as a professional actor/ dancer /singer, choreographer, dance teacher, licensed psychotherapist and stage mom. After stumbling into her first role as “Snoopy” in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown in high school, she went on to earn a theater scholarship at Pepperdine University where she received her BA in Musical Theatre.  Locally, Michele has performed at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Memphis the Musical, Mary Poppins, and Sister Act.  She coached her sons through their first professional auditions and roles at The Rep in A Christmas Carol, Elf and Les Miserables.  As a therapist, she is passionate about helping individuals, couples, and families understand how their survival “fight, flight, and freeze” responses contribute to frustrating outcomes in their personal and professional lives. Michele lives in Little Rock with her husband (also a therapist), and two almost adult sons.

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