New York, NY (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
According to The Huffington Post, for the past eight years in Chicago, Roosevelt University’s Auditorium Theater, which is known for its outstanding performing arts program, has offered a summer camp for kids who have lost one or both of their parents. This program helps kids express grief, build self-confidence, and heal through dance, theater, and music. LA-based vocal and acting coach Matt Malgari strongly believes in the healing power of the arts. He feels that the program is a terrific way for young people to express grief and get in touch with their emotions after a traumatic event.
Says Malgari, “I’ve worked with performers of a variety of ages for years. I’ve seen first-hand just how therapeutic it is to express yourself creatively. Sometimes it’s hard to say to someone ‘I’m hurting’ or ‘I’m upset’ but when you’re on stage acting or dancing or singing, you can say it without having to verbalize it. It’s very healing. This program is great for kids who have experienced something traumatic. It’s a perfect way for them to get in touch with emotions and heal as they build self-confidence.”
The program serves children from all races and socio-economic backgrounds. The kids range in ages from seven to fourteen. The idea is that the kids foster self-confidence and the ability to express themselves through dance, music, and acting.
Auditorium Director, Brett Batterson explains, “Healing is a process. And the arts are a process. This program gives kids a way to work through their grief, surrounding them with others experiencing something similar. We celebrate the healing power of the creative arts.”
In the morning, the camp centers around practicing the craft. Kids participate in games and work on music, theater, and dance skills. After a camp-provided lunch, the afternoon is made up of visits from professional performing groups, sessions with healing counselors, and speakers who also lost parents at a young age. These speakers offer words of encouragement to the kids, as they talk about how they worked through their own tough times.
The end of week one concludes with a talent show for individual performers, giving them a chance to showcase their abilities. The second week ends with a group talent show, which gives the children an opportunity to work together as a team to come up with a performance.
Says Matt Malgari, “This program is helping kids find constructive ways to get through grief. Instead of breaking things or bottling emotions up inside, they’re learning to express themselves and create. This is a powerful and beautiful thing. It’s a skill they can use for the rest of their lives.”
Matt Malgari is an acting and vocal coach who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Matt Malgari helps hundreds of aspiring singers, actors, and voiceover professionals find work in the performing arts field. Prior to starting work as a coach, Matt performed in dozens of Broadway plays, television shows, and movies.