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 educate, 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, Conservatory Productions, 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
239-332-4665 ext. 1550 | e-mail
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 fifteen 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 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. Along with Teaching and Directing, Kody also serves as a Fight Choreographer for Florida Rep and other surrounding Theatre companies in Southern Florida. He is actively involved with (KCACTF) Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as well as SETC (South Eastern Theatre Conference) where he serves on multiple committees including the Chair of Acting Committee. At Florida Rep, he has directed over 25 different Education productions, most notably helping conceive and direct three world premiere productions with long-time collaborator and Broadway Playwright, Eric Coble. Some of his favorite productions have included Refugee, Metamorphoses, and Spring Awakening. Kody is a proud member of (SDC) Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Union
Assistant Education Director
239-332-4665 ext. 1553 | e-mail
Originally from the Atlanta area Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Georgia College. Christina started off as a teaching artist at Florida Rep in 2015 and has since directed and choreographed both conservatory and summer intensive productions. In addition, she has taught a multitude of Florida Rep Education acting and musical theatre classes for students of all ages. Selected choreography credits include: Snow Me Away Cabaret, Annie Jr, Aladdin Jr., and Willy Wonka Jr. Selected directing credits include Matilda, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus, Golden: A Tribute to the Golden Age of American Musical Theatre (World Premiere) Into the Woods Jr, Godspell Jr, School of Rock (Florida Premiere), Madagascar Jr (Florida Premiere), Mary Poppins Jr. (Junior Theatre Festival cut- awarded Excellence in Dance), and Legally Blonde Jr.
Education Outreach Manager
239-332-4665 ext. 1551 | e-mail
Zeke holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Western Illinois University where he also served as the resident stage manager and program coordinator for the Youth Performing Arts Series. Zeke also holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting from Avila University. He has been a working actor, director and musician across Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, South Dakota, Virginia and Florida since 2014. He also taught at Western Illinois University teaching classes in Acting, Voice, Movement and Stage Management, served as a resident teaching artist for Theatre for Young America and Theatre of the Imagination, and presented professional workshops across the country. He is actively involved with and is a member of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), SETC, Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Dueling Arts International (DAI), and the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Zeke also maintains a private studio focused in technique for acting and voice. Zeke is represented by April Schroeder, NOW Talent Management in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mary Leigh Montgomery
Mary Leigh is a born and raised New Yorker originally from Park Slope, Brooklyn. Mary Leigh attended LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (a.k.a. the “Fame” school) as a vocal major where she studied classical voice, opera, and music theory. Mary Leigh just graduated from Emerson College where she got her BFA in Theatre Education and Performance. While at Emerson, she acted in several productions, her favorite being an all digital production of Corduroy! She was also the Education Coordinator for the student led theatre company, Kidding Around, which specialized in producing theatre for young audiences. Additionally, Mary Leigh worked as an Assistant Stage Manager for NYU’s New Plays for Young Audiences series for two summers, and worked as a theatre teacher for Piper Theatre’s summer camp in Brooklyn.