Release Date: May 29,2020

Akron Civic Theatre to offer Free LiveVirtually Master Class Edition

May 29, 2020, Akron, Ohio - Tailored for All-City Musical and the Millennial Theatre Project Participants
WHAT IS INCLUDED: Acting technique and table work sessions will be taught once a week for ten weeks by Mavis Jennings (Director of the All-City Musical, Former Singer and Actor with Cirque du Soleil and Kent State Professor) and Francine Parr (Artistic Director of the Millennial Theatre Project). This course will examine acting techniques and teach students how they can prepare/create a role or character for performances. Lessons will include but are not limited to - script analysis, playing actions, given circumstances, objectives and scene work.
WHEN: Students must sign up for one of the following class times (classes sizes are limited):

Class 1: Fridays from 4-5:30pm (starting Friday, June 5th and ending Friday, August 7th).
Class 2: Saturdays from 2-3:30pm (starting Saturday, June 6th and ending Saturday, August 8th).
Class 3: Saturdays from 4-5:30pm (starting Saturday, June 6th and ending Saturday, August 8th).
Class 4: Sundays from 4-5:30pm (starting Sunday, June 7th and ending Sunday, August 9th).
The course will be taught over ten weeks with all individual classes ending the week of August 7th. Classes will meet for a combined final class on Saturday, August 15th. 
LOCATION: Classes will be provided via zoom. Once registered, a zoom link will be sent to each student by the Akron Civic Theatre.
TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE: Please email or call 330-535-3179,
Monday thru Friday from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and ask for Megan.
Akron Civic Administrative Office: 330-535-3179

About Mavis Jennings:
Mavis Jennings
Mavis Jennings performed as a singer and actor on Cirque du Soleil's Big Top productions of "Quidam" and "Varekai" from 1998 to 2016. During this time, he sang and acted in over 5000 shows on every continent except Antarctica; a place he hopes to visit one day.While with Cirque, Mavis contributed his teaching skills through the company’s outreach program, "Cirque du Monde," where he taught beginning level acting and clown classes to under privileged children in several countries. It has been Mavis' greatest joy to teach and learn with students about all aspects of theatre, mask and movement techniques. Cirque du Soleil provided frequent Lecoq training workshops for its character actors, singers and acrobats during Mavis' years with the company. This training and years on a traveling stage have been a valuable resource for not only his future creativity, but also his teaching and directing at Kent State University. While Mavis currently resides with his family in Stow, Ohio he is frequently in touch with an enormous resource of friends and artistic-colleagues from around the globe with whom he continually endeavors to build a more worldly and diverse artistic vision.

About the Akron Civic Theatre
The Akron Civic Theater was built in 1929 by Marcus Loew and designed by famed theater architect, John Eberson.  The interior structure was fashioned after a Moorish castle featuring Mediterranean decor, including medieval carvings, authentic European antiques and Italian alabaster sculptures.  In June 2001, the Akron Civic Theatre underwent the most comprehensive restoration and expansion project in its history, whereby the theater was brought up to modern performance and patron standards.  The theater now attracts nearly 110,000 people annually for nationally touring concerts, comedians, and family shows, as well as a wide variety of events featuring local and regional artists.  For more information visit