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Much ado about acting for All The World's A Stage

The Macomb Daily, November 1, 2013

Young performers from All The World’s A Stage were given a rare opportunity to have their performance critiqued by Shakespearean actors from the largest classical repertory theatre in North America, Stratford Festival.

“This is a unique partnership that gives our kids an experience they would never..."

An incredible evening at the Macomb Juvenile Justice Center

October 31, 2013

An incredible evening last night for ATWAS staff members Lisa Dobbin, Mary Kay Hake, Allyson Smith, and Lou Fazzini. They returned to the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center where they will be working with their kids throughout the year. Each of the 42 youth were respectful and jumped in with both feet. You could see how much these kids enjoyed the 2 hours we spent with them. Needless to say, we are just as excited about going back next week as they seemed to be in having us return. 

ATWAS hosts Stratford actors

October 26, 2013

ATWAS was thrilled to have Stratford actors Alana Hawley and E.B. Smith at our Washington Township studio. Alana and E.B. had the opportunity to work with our 5th - 9th grade on their Macbeth scene and our 10th -12th grade on their Romeo and Juliet scene. The kids learned so much and worked very hard, taking full advantage of this opportunity. This was their second workshop with Stratford actors. They have one more workshop scheduled on the morning of Nov. 18, 2013 where they will present their scenes before members of the Stratford Acting Company and the Stratford Education Department in Stratford, Ontario. 

ATWAS Implements Pilot Program: Stratford Actors to Local Schools

October 23, 2013

All The World's A Stage is THRILLED to announce a new partnership program with the Stratford Festival's Acting Company & Education Department. On October 23, ATWAS implemented a pilot program that brought Stratford Festival Actors Jacob James and Carmen Grant to Willow Woods Elementary School in the Warren Consolidated School District. Working with 4th grade students...


Macomb Intermediate School District honors ATWAS

September 13, 2013

All The World's A Stage was honored to receive a special recognition award today from the Macomb Intermediate School District at their annual back to school kick-off event at the Mirage in Clinton Township. Thank you to the MISD not only for the special recognition, but for having the insight to include ATWAS and the Arts in the education of our children.

ATWAS workshops in Stratford

September 12, 2013

ATWAS is once again participating in the Teaching Shakespeare program in partnership with the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. This past weekend, 27 of our young actors participated in a three and a half hour workshop with Stratford Actors Dorcas Sowunmi and Ian Lake. The workshop helped prepare the young actors for their November adjudication at Stratford by the Acting Company and the Stratford Education Department. These young actors will now work with ATWAS Staff members Lisa Dobbin, Mary Kay Hake, and Allyson Smith, who will get them ready for their presentation of their Shakespeare scene in November. 

ATWAS performs in Disney World

August 8 & 9, 2013

The C.A.S.T. Performance Ensemble spent their summer preparing to perform in Downtown Disney with selections from Broadway musicals. On August 8th, the company participated in the Disney Broadway Magic Workshop where they worked with Broadway veteran, Keirsten Kupiec, and learned the original Broadway choreography to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from Disney's Mary Poppins. The day after C.A.S.T.'s workshop presentation, the company performed on the Waterside Stage in Downtown Disney, putting up a twenty-five minute show for guests of Downton Disney.

Mark Hackel In The Little Mermaid: A Fundraiser to Benefit ATWAS

Make Macomb Your Home, June 3, 2013

On June 8, 2013, County Executive Mark Hackel will be joining the young cast members of All The World's A Stage for a special presentation of Disney's The Little Mermaid. All The World's A Stage, founded in 1986 and based in Romeo, is an award winning theatre arts...


Young audience reviews The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr.

May 3, 2013

Thousands of youth from around Macomb County attended ATWAS's production of The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. as part of Macomb Center for the Performing Art's Field Trip Series. After the production closed, the reviews from the youth in attendance came pouring in. 


"Dear Flat Stanley Play People, The play was out of this world!! And a fine work of art. I believe nothing can match up to the play." 


"Thank you for the play. You did a very good job."

"Hail To The Victors"

February 14, 2013

Today, ATWAS received a grant award from the University of Michigan's National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good. The grant was one of only two awarded from over thirty-three grant submissions. The grant was awarded for our work with arts education programming for underserved, at risk, and special needs youth. 

Pictured (L-R), Dr. John Burckhardt, professor of higher education and director of the National Forum, graduate students Kelly Finzer and Gina Gallagher, Lou Fazzini, ED for ATWAS, Lisa Dobbin, ATWAS Artistic Director, and Mary Kay Hake, ATWAS Associate Director. 

The Stratford Partnership Experience

December 2, 2012

This year, All The World’s A Stage piloted a new “Teaching Shakespeare” program in partnership with the Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario. The experience was not only successful beyond our expectations, but one that our kids and their families won’t soon forget. The program began in August 2012, when staff artists Lou Fazzini, Lisa Dobbin and Mary Kay Hake attended an intense three day teaching Shakespeare workshop at the Stratford Festival.


All the World’s a Stage. Young Actors Speak, But May Not Hear.

Macomb Now Magazine, November 2, 2011

"Young actors learn much more than their lines in children’s theatre production. From the moment you walk into the Washington Township offices of All the World’s a Stage (ATWAS), you know something magical happens there. The Macomb organization was..."

Curtain Call

Eastern Michigan University Alumni Magazine, summer 2010

When the curtain lifted on Lou Fazzini's theatre career, you were more likely to find him in a courtroom than before a paying audience. As a Federal Parole Officer, he worked with people who'd hit bottom. Now he helps others soar.


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