The PLAYMAKERS PRESCHOOL DRAMA and the SUPERSTARS DRAMA PROGRAM were founded by the actress/singer/teaching artist Kimbirdlee. The programs are a fantastic way to provide students with the much needed outlet for creative, personal growth and community-building through the performing arts. The skills and talents learned through this drama program infuse young people with confidence and talents that can carry them far in life, no matter what field they go into. They will learn acting, singing, speech and dancing techniques during every session that will culminate in the opportunities to perform for live audiences. They will strengthen their voices, bodies and minds and find new discoveries every day. We cater to each students' needs and desires and make sure everyone is having fun and feeling safe, while also emphasizing the power of taking risks, believing in yourself and supporting others. Through this creative process, students learn that hard work pays off and gain a sense of accomplishment along with friendship bonds that last forever!
There are programs to fit every educational setting - from public after-school programs, in-school residencies, special event workshops, classes in performing arts institutions and theatre companies, and private one-on-one or group instruction. There is also an exciting option in which the students actually write and perform their own show.
PLAYMAKERS PRESCHOOL & PREK Drama Program
An innovative introductory class for young budding actors looking to play and create in a nourishing, confidence building environment. Building upon the natural born talent of play-acting, we teach them enriched story-telling through speech chracterization, singing. dance, puppetry, costumery and, of course, comedy. The actors engage in real plays, scenes and songs that they help create! (Class time 45 mins)
SUPERSTARS Drama Program with Kimbirdlee
These classes are custom designed for each age group (Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8). We continue our curriculum with acting, singing, speech, story-telling and dancing in the form of theatre games, shows, scenes, songs, and performances. For those more artistically minded, they will be encouraged to delve into the design aspects of theatre, such as costumes, set and prop design, and creating posters and programs. They will have opportunities for community out-reach, performances and staged shows.
(Class time from 1 - 3 hrs)
Class Focus Options:
1. An ongoing exploration and training in the theatre arts, with no specific performance. May have an informal showcase at the end of the session. [Examples are inviting family and friends to an open class, a kiddie cabaret, an informal performance, etc...]
2. Selecting a musical or play and rehearsing and performing it. [Examples are "Seussical the Musical", "Annie", "Shrek", "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown", Christmas Pageants, Holiday Programs, etc...]
3. Selecting a brand new musical or theatrical show that fits the group, rehearsing and performing it. Students have the unique experience of premiering a new work. [Examples are musicals written as commissions for our program by current composers and writers]
4. Engaging the students in the complete creative process of writing a show from scratch. The students come up with the story, the lyrics, the music, the style, etc. This culminates in a performance of something completely original! [Examples are original musicals by 5th Graders at PS217: "If I Were the President" & "Our World's Got Talent"]
Session Format Options:
A. Semester long, in-school residency (or shorter/longer)
C. Semester long class (afternoons or weekends)
D. A Workshop (ex. PreK Special Event or a Performing Arts Center Event)
E. Private sessions for any amount of students
Classes, workshops, rehearsals and events are led by Kimbirdlee, along with her creative team of professional actors, musicians, composers, writers and teaching artists. The outstanding creative team has over 10 years of experience with drama, specifically musical theatre, education and production of performances.
for the program/s you are interested in. THANK YOU!!!
Kimbirdlee Fadner graduated with honors from Mills College in Music: Vocal Performance and Dance, where she founded of the Millismas Opera Club. She continued her training in acting, voice, musical theatre and dance at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT-SF) in San Francisco. Kimbirdlee embraces the opportunity to develop and promote arts education and share her love for the arts with children and people of all ages. She worked for several years with Berkeley Playhouse as a professional actor and teaching artist. In 2014, she founded “Superstars”, a drama program for children, at Kon Gen International Preschool in which she created original music, stories, art and choreography. She now offers this program as the “PLAYMAKERS PRESCHOOL DRAMA PROGRAM” and the “SUPERSTARS DRAMA PROGRAM”. Kimbirdlee also serves as a director/music director/teaching artist throughout NYC, including Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Queens Theatre, American Dance & Drama, in the NYC Public School System, and through private lessons. It is her mission to encourage everyone to follow their dreams and she strives to instill her belief that everyone is an inspired creative being!
Kimbirdlee founded Common Man Musicals (CMM) with her husband, Jonathan Fadner. CMM’s mission is to promote new musical theatre. They are partnered with Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance and produce musicals and cabarets through the year. Stage credits include Made in China (59E59, NYC), Enjoy the Ride (National Asian Artists Project, NYC), Working (SF-ACT), The Tempest (Marin Shakes), Berkeley Playhouse (Main Stage actor & featured aerial dancer), and cabaret performances at 54-Below, Sardi’s, NYU & MSTDA. She’s also lead singer in the band DeLaMuse, as well as Artist-In-Residence for PECB who tours the midwest with a Pops-style concert series.
Kimbirdlee also specializes in a modern version of Chinese Brush Painting, depicting dynamic works that draw inspiration from Asian mythology, symbolism, spirituality and nature. She paints with watercolor on handmade rice paper. Her work has been shown nationwide.