School may be out for the Summer, but Osceola Arts is back in session with a whole new summer school for the arts. Offering a variety of camps for the Central Florida community to enjoy, there is truly something for everyone. Osceola Arts summer camps are now available offering an exciting fusion of both visual and performing arts. With a state-of-the-art facility, students will have the opportunity to learn in an environment that inspires all. Kids 7-14 years of age are the perfect choice for any of the camps offered at Osceola Arts. With a specular final showcase completing the end of each camp, friends and family will be entertained and astounded by the talent and growth of each and every kid!
Camp Supervisor, All Camps
Lavonte is so excited to join the Osceola Arts family this summer as the Camp Supervisor. He is no stranger to the stage. Some of his directing credits include "All Shook Up", "Godspell", "Hairspray" and most recently "13, the Musical". In addition to directing, Lavonte sit on the Executive Board for the Moonlight Players Theatre in Clermont, FL. It is always his goal to touch the lives of the younger generation through his passion and love for arts. "The power of art can break the shackles that bind and divide human beings"- Ikeda
Time Travelers, Mystery Mania
Brenna Arden is delighted to be joining Osceola Arts for educating the next generation of artists. Currently the drama teacher at Lake Nona Middle School, Brenna has been involved in the theatre community for the past 15 years. Previous teaching endeavors include substitute teaching at University High School's Theatre Magnet and Assistant Directing at Winter Springs Performing Arts.
Cinerama, Galaxy Wars
Marlon Gonzalez earned his BFA from Parsons, the School for Design in New York in 2005. His accomplishments have been noted in The New York Times and Photo Techniques Magazine. He has worked for Time out New York and YRB Magazine just to name a few. His passion for teaching photography and Cinema has transferred to his students being successful at the local, regional and national level. His pupils have amassed an impressive number of accolades in his short five-year tenure as an art teacher in Florida, including over 58 recognitions in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards (as well as congressional honors both in the state and nation’s capitols).
Vanessa Hernandez-Gonzalez has been an elementary school teacher for 16 years. She graduated from Pace University in 2007, with a Masters in Education. She has led after-school programs for the arts in New York City public schools for 10 years, focusing on chorus and drama. Prior to working on education she was a counselor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Currently, she is working as an elementary school teacher in Osceola County (where she has worked for the past 6 years). She is also a published writer who enjoys writing poetry, song lyrics and blogging.
Time Travelers, Cinerama
Taylor Evans has her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre for Youth from East Carolina University. She has been working with children for over seventeen years and has a passion for sharing the world of theater with them. She has experience performing, teaching classes and directing youth shows. Taylor knows American Sign Language and loves to incorporate this into theater opportunities whenever she can. “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again” C.S. Lewis
Amanda is a 20 year theater veteran in costumes and acting. She has a special love of special effects make up. She worked on a few ghost and zombie films in college and special effects for Night of the Living Dead, stage production in Louisville KY. She currently substitute teaches in Polk co and spends all her free time park hopping! Excited to be sharing her Eww and Aww makeup skills this summer!
Carolyn has been in Florida for 20 years and has enjoyed being an artist in the area. She was first introduced to clay while studying printmaking at the University of Central Florida. In 2008, Carolyn completed her Bachelor in Fine Arts with a specialization in ceramics. Now working out of her studio in Saint Cloud, Florida, Carolyn has been exhibiting her work in state and national exhibitions in art fairs throughout the state. Davis has received numerous awards for her ceramics and prints and her work can be found in both public and private collections. Carolyn is thrilled to teach ceramic classes and visual arts summer camps Osceola Arts.
Mr. Rueff Frazao is the High School Orchestra Director and Co-Director for Symphony Orchestra at Osceola County School for the Arts in Kissimmee, Florida since August 2016 where her also teaches Keyboard and Music Theory. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and raised in Newark, New Jersey, he began to study music seriously when he moved to Orlando, FL in 1998. A product of Orange County Public Schools, Mr. Frazao studied music with Mr. Brian Hellhake and studied privately on string bass with Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Principal Bassist Michael Hill.
Mr. Frazao received his Bachelor’s in Music Education in 2013 from University of Central Florida
Time Travelers, Mystery Mania
Ida received her Bachelor's in Art Education and a minor in Art Therapy from Buffalo State, The State University of New York (S.U.N.Y.). She has taught in community art centers all over for over 20 years. Her philosophy of "Keeping the Arts Alive" is key in her own life as well as inspiring her students to experience the joy of creating every day. With inspirational journeys traveling to France and Italy, she shares the history and techniques of some of their most famous artists. Offering a wide variety of materials, she allows her students to explore and to develop their own creative abilities cultivating their own journey through the arts.
Make the Band, High School Musical
Christopher Burns is currently the Fine and Performing Arts Resource Specialist in Osceola County, Florida. He received his B.M.E. from the University of Central Florida and his M.M.E. from Boston University and his PhD in Music Education from the University of South Florida. When he isn't working for the school district, he loves working with little and big kids at Osceola Arts, teaching summer camps and music directing for shows such as Sister Act, Newsies, and Sound of Music!
High School Musical, Zombie-Juice
Miss Rhiannon, or "Miss Rhi," could not be more excited to be back for another year of teaching all things musical theatre and dance! She is a 2019 graduate of Florida Southern College's BFA Musical Theatre program with a minor in music performance. She has worked at Universal Studios Orlando Resort as a "scareactor" for Halloween Horror Nights 29, as well as a parade performer in Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras 2020, and was featured on NBC's "TODAY" promoting the event. Osceola Arts is where she got her start as a member of the youth theatre program all the way back in 2011--it feels like a dream to have been working here as a professional artist and teacher for the past few summers. She can't wait to dance the day away with some of her favorite kiddos! rhiannonroselle.weebly.com
Galaxy Wars, Zombie-Juice
Shana Snodgrass-Burns has been a choreographer in the central Florida area for the past 10+ years, and a director for the past two years. Her most recent Directing credits were Sister Act, Irving Berlin‘s White Christmas and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She has also been a major staple in the Orlando theme park community for the past 15+ years. Most recently, before the pandemic, she was a maintenance choreographer with the Walt Disney World company. But before that, she was an equity dancer at the beauty and the beast live on stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. She has been dancer, actor and singer for Universal Orlando Resorts. She was also was a Choreographer, dancer, and actor at Seaworld Orlando. Shana is also a dance teacher in the central Florida area, and loves being able to work with kids and adults of all ages.
“Megan Boehm is an artist and art educator working in Osceola County. Her adventures in art education began in a children’s museum, where she developed and implemented programs for school trips and the visiting public. This experience inspired her to become an art teacher, and she has recently completed her 6th year as a middle school art teacher. When she’s not in the classroom, Boehm is creating her own artworks—drawings and paintings inspired by history, re-enactment, and time travel— or exploring Central Florida nature with her husband and dog.”
High School Musical
Claudia Fain is tickled pink to be teaching at Osceola Arts! Being a military brat, Claudia has traveled and lived in many places. She holds a music theatre degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. Claudia’s next goal is to be the female version of Mr. Rogers, so teaching kids theatre has always been a huge passion of hers! "You can think about things and make-believe. All you have to do is think and they'll grow."-Mr. Rogers
How our programs will change to meet the health and safety requirements
Class sizes will be limited to maximize social distancing efforts.
All staff will be required to wear face coverings/masks
Students are strongly encouraged to wear face masks.
Any child that has symptoms of illness will not be accepted for camp that day and must remain home for 24 hours after they are no longer symptomatic.
There will be a designated sick area for isolation of any child that develops a fever or is suspected of illness until they are picked up by their parent.
Institute handwashing at regular intervals. All campers and staff will be required to wash hands as they enter the building, before lunch, after recess, and in-between transitions from one classroom to the next.
We will follow the recommendations of our public health officials and our board of directors for all safety and sanitation measures.
We will not permit adults other than our staff to enter the building. All children will be dropped off and picked up by a teacher/staff person at the circle in front of the building.
We will continue to be vigilant cleaning and sanitizing ALL of the classrooms, galleries, and buildings throughout the day. Playground equipment as well as classroom materials will be cleaned and sterilized after each class. Osceola Arts will adhere to the best practices and all guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization for cleaning our facility throughout the day and each evening in order to be ready to start the next day.
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to make a safe, exciting, and fun experience for your child!