#CreateInPlace Staff Edition: Ginger Morris

POSTED ON APRIL 13, 2020 BY LONG

This week, #CreateInPlace features our Director of Education and Outreach, Ginger Morris, who has been an integral part of the Austin theatre community since her college days. Hear a bit more from Ginger, the Long Center Education program, and what she’s tuning in to this week.

Hey, all! I’m Ginger Morris, and along with my staff and a host of amazing artists from near and far, we create and foster theatre programs for Austin area students such as the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre AwardsSummer Stock AustinCollege Audition Program, and the Select Ensemble performance company.

I am personally thrilled that we have been able to maintain an artistic community online over the past few weeks and have learned some new skills in the process.

5 THINGS I’M CHECKING OUT IN AUSTIN RIGHT NOW (ONLY I CHOSE 8).

2020 VIRTUAL GREATER AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL THEATRE AWARDS
Premiering May 31st!

Tonight, April 15th, would’ve been the 7th annual GAHSMTA awards, and we are heartbroken that we can’t gather in-person to celebrate this year’s ceremony on the literal stage. But I’m so happy to announce that we’ll be taking the Awards to the VIRTUAL STAGE on May 31st! Stay tuned for more and catch highlights @gahsmta & @longcenter along the way.

TUESDAYS WITH MILES
Tuesdays at 7pm CST / live from the house of singer/songwriter Miles Zuniga

I met Miles in 2006 while working on an original musical with his band called The Small Stars. We did a few workshops and had a lot of fun. The Small Stars no longer exist, but you can still enjoy some of the songs from the never fully-executed musical. Miles is an original member of the band Fastball and plays locally with the Resentments at the Saxon Pub on Sunday evenings. For now though, he streams from home at 7pm on Tuesdays.

PARAMOUNT THEATRE’S STORY WRANGLERS
Mondays at 11:30am / @ParamountEducation

This is an incredible program that the Paramount is taking online. And perfect for the kiddos in your life who could benefit from online story writing opportunities.

ANCHORED IN LOVE – YOGA WITH ADRIENE MISHLER
Friday, April 17 at 11am CST / pay what you want / @practiceyogaaustin

Adriene was a high school theatre student and I had the privilege of being one of her teachers. She has since found her true passion was to get the tools of yoga into schools and homes with her YouTube channel, Yoga with Adriene. She is hosting a session for Practice Yoga Austin on Friday morning – join me!

BALLET AUSTIN’S VIRTUAL DANCE & FITNESS CLASSES
Happening all the time!

Ballet Austin will keep you moving this week with free online sessions for all ages. You can take classes at any time that works for you from your laptop on demand (pay-per-class) or free from their instructors streaming live from Instagram or Facebook. Check for their daily schedule, and make their BE WELL Network a daily open tab in your browser.

BEAT ROOT REVIVAL
April 25 at 5pm CST / Live Stream

I absolutely love these two performers, and I try to catch their Austin shows as often as possible. They are musically gifted and so much fun to watch, and were supposed to play at the cancelled Kerville Folk Festival in June. Here’s to many more live performances in the future–I’m excited to take a break and enjoy them from my home next week!

THE BEST DANCE SESSIONS WITH SARA BURKE
However often your schedule allows!

Anyone looking to keep stretching those dance muscles and needing some private sessions, Sara Burke is fantastic. Not only does she continually choreograph and train students in the Long Center’s Education programs, but she is also offering tailor-made online sessions to fit your pocket book.

And, because I went rogue, here’s your added PICK-ME-UP MOMENT

If you need a stress-reducing, feel-good moment, take a 3-minute break and join the artistic team behind Summer Stock Austin’s annual original musical in their NEW digital, “Socially Distant Dance Party.” There are many SSA alum featured in this video, too!

Ultimately, my theatre-loving heart is hopeful for the day when we can gather again to enjoy live arts. Until then, let’s keep virtually celebrating each other and our amazing community.

You can always check on #CreateInPlace for the latest Austin finds and fun-filled gems to keep you entertained.

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