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Karen Bray

I have been creating dance/theatre projects, indoors, and, out in nature, my entire life.
Last June, The Fig Newton Theatre Garden Dancers created Site Specific Dances and performed them to a crowd of 155 outside in my garden, yard and driveway.
Community-Building/Dance Theatre projects I have created:
The Newton Project: Newton has a long, fierce battle going between residents who want regulations on leaf blowers and those who feel that any regulations are stepping on their freedoms. I invited people from both sides to this arts event; together we wrote poetry, danced,  and made visual art. A lovely time was had by all and new friendships have been forged.
The Crystal Lake Community Dance Project – We celebrated our lake with dance, giant puppets and a collaboration of musicians calling out to each other across the lake.
Arts Alive: We improvise and interact with the public as a variety of comedic characters such as “Famous Authors, Dotologists, Oddioloogists, Fortune Tellers, UPS Delivery folks, and, more…”
Do Business/Make Art: We observed movement and visuals in three  local Newton businesses; Cobella Beauty Salon, George Howell Coffee and Hip Stitch, and, choreographed, and, performed dances based on those businesses.
The Artful Piano: Every Summer, Newton places artfully painted pianos all over Newton. We create structured improvisations inspired by each piano.
Creativity Lab: Since 2009, I have been co-teaching “Creativity Lab” at the New Art Center since 2009 to the present; a course that invites students to explore movement improvisation as well as all genres of art.



In the event of a COVID-related building closure, in-person classes will continue with live online learning (Zoom). In the case of equipment-intensive courses, the curriculum may be adjusted slightly. For example, all ceramics classes will continue with a handbuilding focus.

Please Note: Online registration for classes that begin on Monday or Saturday close the Friday before at 12PM. Online registration for classes that begin on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday close on the day before at 12PM. If class registration has closed online and you are interested in registering, please email Marte at [email protected]

Adult Live Online Learning (Zoom) Classes: The “Student’s Email” you provide during registration will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

Children/Teen Live Online Learning (Zoom) Classes: The email you provide at checkout will be emailed the Zoom link and login information one hour before the class begins.

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