Thursday DEC 9 at 1 p.m.

Troupe in a Trunk is a community engagement program that exposes young students to theatre and stimulates their imaginations by bringing live performances to Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County elementary schools. With a minimum of set pieces, costumes and makeup,“Troupe” encourages students to use their creativity as a learning tool … by engaging senses not ordinarily utilized.

Before each performance, the theatre provides teachers with materials related to the play. The teachers and students have the opportunity for discussion before or after the performance, building a bridge to the performing arts. Each school is also asked to assess and evaluate the performances in an effort to improve future productions.

Every spring TROUPE IN A TRUNK brings their show to approximately 9,600 area students free of charge.

For auditions

Please prepare a short children’s story to tell the group and be ready to do some improvisation together.

Kelly Duyn

Kelly Duyn

Director

Kelly is proud to be a product of the Education & Community Engagement program she now assists in directing. Her teaching career started right here at Venice Theatre back in 2001 as an intern for the summer programs. From there she went on to take on a teaching role at the theatre prior to leaving for college to pursue a degree in the theatre arts. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida, teaching certifications in multiple disciplines and a 20-year teaching resume that encompasses working with students in exceptional education, coaching a nationally ranked speech and debate team, and developing as well as running theatre programs for elementary through high school in both in the US and in China.

She is responsible for the Troupe in A Trunk Community Engagement Program, the summer student programs and Venice Theatre’s Youth Production Company as well as various other departmental responsibilities. In addition to directing shows throughout the year (her most recent being the Generations show She Kills Monsters: Young Adventurers Edition) and being onstage herself (recent shows include Disenchanted and Blood Brothers), she enjoys giving back to her community by facilitating theatre workshops with local schools/clubs/organizations and by reading to classrooms (sometimes via zoom) through Embracing Our Differences or collaborating with other arts education programmers in our area to bring new arts education opportunities to the community whenever possible.

Additionally she enjoys working with the local Chamber of Commerce, where she was the 2019-2020 chair of the Venice Area Young Professionals. Her professional memberships include Leadership Sarasota (Class of 2018-2019), The Educational Theatre Association and AACT.