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This is a new and exciting theater and dance immersion program designed for girls with an interest in expressive arts who want to develop their performance skills. Campers will explore the process of live theater through daily classes in acting, dancing, and general performance in a dynamic, safe, fun, and creative theater setting devoted to girls. Project Athena also seeks to raise awareness of social issues affecting girls such as identity formation, body image, peer relationships, and popular culture though writing and group discussion. Project Athena will culminate in a theatrical production on the evening of July 26 in the Athenian Center for the Arts. This final performance will showcase original theatre pieces that celebrate the uniqueness of each girl along with more traditional musical theater pieces. There will be at least one field trip taken as a part of Project Athena.
Project Athena’s instructor, Lizette Ortega Dolan, in addition to her 7 years as Athenian’s Dean of Equity and Inclusion and Upper School Humanities teacher, has a B.A. in Dance and minor in Drama from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters’ Degree in Education with an emphasis in Adolescent Girl Development from the Harvard School of Education. She has performed with StrongCurrent Dance Company, Radcliffe Dance, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and has taught dance and drama at five independent schools. Lizette has choreographed extensively over the past twenty years. Lizette will be new Middle School Head of Park Day School in Oakland this coming August.