Midland Center for the Arts Welcomes New Director of Product Theater and Theatrical Education
The Midland Center for the Arts has announced the arrival of Travis Kendrick as the new Director of Product Theater and Theatrical Education. Kendrick comes to the Center as a professional director, choreographer and educator, having recently served as Director of Education for the Mill Mountain Theater and a visiting faculty member at Hollins University and Virginia Tech.
“When you are looking for someone to carry on the longstanding tradition of high quality performances with Center Stage Theater, our community theater company, and to reconnect with the youth of our community through theater education and performances – We are delighted that Travis Kendrick is joining our team with immense experience in creating compelling theatrical programs, ”said Dr. Matt Travis, Director of Product Programs at the Midland Center for the Arts.
Kendrick received his Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of California-Irvine in 2016 and his BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Point Park in 2008. While pursuing his BFA in Fine Arts. -arts at the University of Point Park, he was a founding member of the Experimental Theater Project, a theater ensemble focused on collaborating to create exciting new works. Through his active participation, he co-wrote the book and lyrics for DOTTY DOT: A Children’s Musical which toured local elementary schools in Pittsburgh, then premiered in New York at the Secret Theater and was extended for over a year.
“When I first discovered this opportunity at the Center, I really felt the perfect blend of my artistic and professional talents, and in a community very committed to the arts,” said Travis Kendrick. “I am delighted to have moved to the Bay of the Great Lakes region to work closely with the incredibly dedicated volunteers who have brought stimulating and entertaining work to the Centre’s stages for many years. “
As director of education at the Mill Mountain Theater, a regional equity theater in Roanoke, Virginia, he taught a variety of musical theater, acting and dance classes; while also being a visiting faculty member at Hollins University and Virginia Tech, where he taught musical theater techniques, points of view, dance styles of musical theater, the study of the contemporary stage, acting dynamics, the cornerstone of musical theater and staging. Some directing credits at the Mill Mount Theater include: Spring Awakening, A Christmas Story, Mamma Mia, Next to Normal, Shrek the Musical, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, Romeo & Juliet, The Jungle Book, The Little Lion, Patchwork, The Christmas Cup, A Simple Gift, and Willy Wonka Jr.
In this newly created role at the Midland Center for the Arts, Kendrick will work with the Centre’s volunteer artists and technicians to support the creation of scenic works with Center Stage Theater, and oversee the development of a strong theater education program to teach. to young artists the wide range of roles and responsibilities behind the production of a production.
“I am delighted to take this new opportunity to develop programs that engage the youth of the community and to connect our youth with the artists and professional productions that we bring to our facilities each season,” added Kendrick.
Midland Center for the Arts is a cultural destination in the Bay of the Great Lakes region, bringing together the exploration of world-class art, science and history under one roof. The Center is home to a 1,500-seat theater for tours of Broadway musicals and talent from around the world, the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and more; a 400-seat theater with locally produced theatrical productions; a hands-on interactive museum of science and art; the collections and archives of the Midland County Historical Society; visual art classes and summer camps, and much more. To learn more about Midland Center for the Arts, visit midlandcenter.org.