Performing arts Class – From Broadway to Hollywood

DSACT is proud to partner with kidsActing Foundation to provide experiences in the performing arts and stage production for children with Down syndrome.

The mission of kidsActing Foundation is to give children and teens who are often overlooked by traditional theater programs the chance to LEAD, LEARN, THRIVE and GROW through the magic of performing arts.

What makes the kidsActing Foundation theatre program unique is the fact that all actors work together for consecutive weeks to put on a full-scale musical production. The children and teens work as a team to learn their lines, develop choreography and produce a show in front of a live audience.

About the instructors:

About Alexis Herrera:
Alexis Herrera is a Chicana Tejana artist, musician, community organizer, and toy maker. Born and raised in Houston, Alexis has dedicated the last 12 years to building community through cultural arts education and expression in Texas. Notable achievements include co-founding Son Armado, a local cultural arts organization dedicated to the proliferation of the Son Jarocho Fandango (a popular education based community tradition from Veracruz, Mexico), in 2007, and in 2013 co-founding plasticpurpose, a Texas Chicano Toy project.

About Julie Hernandez:
Julie Hernandez moved to Austin from Brooklyn, NY, where she worked as a Special Education Itirenant Teacher after receiving her Masters in Education. Born in Boston, MA she's a true Red Sox fan! She and her family love living in Austin and take advantage of the incredible weather by eating breakfast tacos al fresco as much as possible.

Julie's past experience includes developing an after school program for middle schoool girls, the youth & sports coordinator at the 14th St Y in NYC, as well as working with The Blue Man Group. She loves her work and feels lucky to have the best of both worlds by working with children and the amazingly talented teaching artists on a daily basis. She gets to utiliize her creative spirit by helping to bring out the performer in every child.