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. 2041 | 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!
Emma hails from Canada originally, but calls Grand Rapids, Michigan home. She received her BFA in Musical Theatre from North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. In her time in Fargo, she worked with The Stage at Island Park’s education department, music directing the summer production of Cinderella Kids! and teaching weekend acting classes for very young actors. She has numerous college theatre credits as well as several community and professional theatre credits in North Dakota and Michigan. She was fortunate enough to travel to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014 for the incredible experience of performing as Ivy in bare: a pop opera (Act Up Theatre). This past summer, she wore many hats, working as a Teaching Artist for two of Florida Repertory Theatre’s Summer Intensive shows as well as directing one of the Mini-Stars camps, and finishing off the summer music directing The Lion King Jr. She is so excited to be working with the education department and diving deeper into the world of educational theatre!
MEET THE REST OF THE TEAM
Each year, Florida Rep hires six performance interns to work with theatre professionals, perform on stage and on tour, participate in master classes with our guest artists, have the option to teach in our Education Department, and may earn the opportunity to receive Equity Membership Candidate points by being cast in a mainstage season production.