Florida Rep Education
Florida Rep’s Education programs have grown exponentially in the past few seasons, and reach upwards of 35,000 young people and families each year. Overseen by Education Director Kody C. Jones, the department continues to education, excite, and enlighten Southwest Florida audiences as our popular programs thrive and new ones take shape. The five programs that act as pillars of Florida Rep’s Educational Programming are: The Theatre for Young Audience Series, Camp Florida Rep, Theatre Conservatory, Classes for Youth & Adults, and an In-School Residency Programming. Together these programs fulfill our mission by bringing theatre into schools in order to create a spark in students whether it be by seeing a performance or creating a connection to curriculum through arts integration, giving children and teens with more advanced-level interest an outlet for their creativity, and creating a community that creates dialogue with youth and adults with access to high-quality theatre.
EDUCATION MISSION STATEMENT
Florida Rep’s Education Department is dedicated to enriching the lives of our young people and families throughout Southwest Florida with exceptional theatre experiences; Nurturing an appreciation for theatre in our students, audience, and community; Educating and engaging young people, new artists, and adults with the high standards of performing arts training including classes, internships, and volunteer opportunities; advocating for the arts and making them accessible to all; creating lasting relationships with community partners and artists; investing new efforts to expand and improve upon existing programming; inspiring greatness in a future generation of artists and art patrons.
Kody C. Jones
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Kody holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from Western Illinois University and Secondary Education and Acting degrees from University of Michigan-Flint. He has acted and directed professionally all over Chicago and the Midwest for the past ten years and served as the Artistic Director for Shawnee Summer Theatre in Indiana and The Stage at Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota. He served as a Resident Artist for Flint Youth Theatre for three years and taught theatre to children age four and up with Chicago Public Schools, Arts for All, Lil Buds Theatre, and the American Theatre Company. He has also taught at Western Illinois University and Trollwood Center for The Performing Arts in Minnesota in addition to presenting professional workshops in Chicago, Milwaukee, Minnesota, and Michigan. His past training focused on Creative Dramatics Laban Movement Analysis and stage combat.
Education Outreach Manager
239-332-4665 ext. 1552 | e-mail
Anna is absolutely thrilled to be returning to Florida Rep for a third season! Anna earned a B.A. in Theatre with a minor in Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. As a Southwest Florida local, Anna had her first experience with Florida Rep in her middle school years as a camper during the summers. Since then she has worked as a camp teaching artist, performed in Conservatory Programs, and served as the Education Intern. She is so excited to have the opportunity to continue with Florida Rep and cannot wait to see what Season 20 has in store!
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Originally from the Atlanta area Christina holds a BA in theatre from Georgia College. In her time at Georgia College Christina performed in multiple touring education shows including Miss Electricity and The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza. She also served as a team leader for Georgia College’s theatre for social change class and worked as a theatre director for young people at River’s Edge Behavioral Center. Professional experience includes Guys and Dolls (Agatha/ Hot Box Girl) and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged (Costume Designer). In addition, Christina worked as a Teaching Artist for Camp Florida Rep in the summer of 2015. Christina is very thankful and excited to be joining the Florida Rep education team!
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Skylar is so very excited to be joining the Florida Rep family for her first season! Skylar graduated in May 2018 with her B.A. in Theatre with a Minor in Child & Family Studies at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In her time at UTC, she worked under Wolf Trap Teaching Artists going to local schools & implementing arts integration programs. She also worked with the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, creating and instructing a theater club in a local middle school. At UTC she also Stage Managed Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, in which she earned a KC/ACTF nomination. Her absolute favorite roles that she has played include Joanne in RENT, Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, and Jackie Coryton in Hay Fever. Skylar is thrilled to be a part of the Florida Rep education team!