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Cara D'Emanuele

Cara D'Emanuele

Category: Theatre Arts


Cara offers thirty years of experience as a private voice, acting and piano teacher of students ages 6–18. She specializes in training students who wish to pursue a career in musical theatre, vocal performance, acting, music education, jazz, or commercial music. She is also the Artistic Director of Cara D’Emanuele Productions, a theatre arts education company which provides students in grades K–12 with training and performance opportunities including musical productions, master classes, an annual travel series to NYC, workshops, audition training, career consultation, college audition coaching and summer intensives. Cara's theatre residency program form and content cultivates a non-competitive, inspiring environment for students of all ages and skill levels to achieve success. These one-week residencies provide opportunity for exposure to professional theatre training as participants build self-confidence and experience using their voice, body and imagination. Residencies can be customized for any venue.


Grades K-12
Classroom-size groups of students.
Length 60 - 180 minute sessions
Cost Contact YA Office for more information.

Technical Requirements



Overview of Programs

America The Beautiful: a One-Week Theatre Arts Residency
Texts from America The Beautiful and The Star Spangled Banner and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, as well as quotes from other American Presidents and First Ladies, are used to create original rhythmic speech and movement pieces which incorporate marching and military style formations. A sample activity might include students creating tableaus with their bodies and text to tell a story based on American history. Daily program themes include America The Beautiful, The Star Spangled Banner, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Quotes by Presidents and First Ladies, and 1776. Residencies can be customized for any venue.

From Cage to Stage: a One-Week Theatre Arts Residency
Theatre games, improvisation, storytelling and creative movement is based on the text, scenes and music from five age appropriate musicals which feature animals. Music is used as a supplemental tool for imaginative movement, developing characters and exploring the use of space. A sample activity might be based on one line of text from Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling, where students create an improvisational scene using props. Daily program themes include Frog and Toad, The Dinosaur Musical, Dr. Doolittle, The Ugly Duckling and Honk the Musical, and The Lion King Broadway Musical. Residencies can be customized for any venue. Residencies can be customized for any venue.

Literature Live: a One-Week Theatre Arts Residency
This residency takes its theme from age appropriate literature. Students experience theatre games, improvisation, and creative movement based on themes represented in each story. As each of these stories has inspired Broadway Musicals, the lyrics, melodies and text included in these musicals can also be used as supplemental study to this acting-focused residency. A sample activity might use text from Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who, the topics of an actors' body, breath and voice will be addressed, including vocabulary, diaphragm, resonance, diction and pitch. Daily program themes include Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Seussical, and Matilda. Residencies can be customized for any venue.