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STARS goes virtual with new education series

October 15, 2020
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Meet the Expert: 
Where local students learn about the entertainment industry – first-hand
Who: The series is designed for Eagle County students 6 th – 12 th grade
What: An educational session exploring the many opportunities in the entertainment industry
When: Select Wednesday’s at 1:00pm MST, each session will last approximately 40-60 minutes
Where: A Zoom livestream event – enjoy it from your home or classroom
Cost: Free and limited to the first 500 students

Register: Registration required, email amahn@vvf.org to get zoom link Beaver Creek, Colo., Oct. 14, 2020 — New for the 2020-2021 school year, as part of a career-preparedness series, Eagle County students are invited learn about the entertainment industry and the different opportunities available to those inspired by the arts. From performing on stage to production and management, there is a lot more to learn than meets the eye as an audience member. This series will consist of performers and professionals that represent many genres and those who make it happen. Each event is free and limited to the first 500 registrants.
Registrants will be sent a zoom link to tune in virtually. The VPAC is located under the ice rink in Beaver Creek Village (68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, Colorado).
Meet the Expert will provide an eye opening opportunity to understand the everyday practices of professionals in the theater world. The sessions are aimed towards 6th -12th graders across Eagle County. This new program aims to reach an age bracket, not typically served by STARS, reaching out to middle and high school students with insightful information for career development or inspiration.
The VPAC has vetted entertainment industry professionals who will lead the 40-60 minute session where they talk about their career, combined with a presentation or performance and live Q& A.; As we look for creative ways to enrich the students of Eagle County through arts and culture during the ongoing performance shutdown, we have decided to replace the in-person STARS series with a virtual offering designed to better understand all the professions supporting the industry - not only what you see on stage or on a screen as audience members, but all the behind-the-scenes action as well. When you consider that the majority of the population are introverts, I think the arts at first can seem intimidating. Through the Meet the Expert series however we hope to inspire everyone to consider a career in the industry. 'The entertainment industry is a fun place to be and we want to make it as inclusive as possible,' says Duncan Horner, Executive Director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

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DAVID SHIFRIN, Lincoln Center Classical Musician (Clarinetist) \ WED | DEC 16 | 1PM
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ERIC AMADA, Artist Agent, Founder: Arts Management Associates \ WED | JAN 6 | 1PM
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KAYLA CATAN, Actress-Singer-Writer \ WED | JAN 27 | 1PM
As an NYC-based actor, Kayla has performed in high-caliber venues, both professionally in New York and in 1,000+ seat theaters nationwide. Kayla will be discussing her journey in the theatre world, leading to her career in NYC. From attending theatre camps and participating in musicals and plays throughout school, this led her to Muhlenberg College for Theatre and English where she learned every facet of theatre arts, not just acting. Kayla attended a semester at Academia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, focusing on physical acting, clowning, mask work, and much more.

About VPAC:
Located in the heart of Colorado's Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 535-seat theatre, owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, which presents a variety of year-round performances including Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more. Visit vilarpac.org for more.
About the Vail Valley Foundation The Vail Valley Foundation is a nonprofit with the mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in arts, education and athletics. The organization is known for its work in education with YouthPower365, which provides programming to more than 4,200 local children with early childhood, K-12, and scholarship programs. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the Vail Valley with several of its most treasured annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, the EverBank America’s Winter Opening, the Birds of Prey FIS World Cup races, the Colorado Classic cycling race, the Vail Dance Festival and the Whistle Pig Vail concert series.
The Vail Valley Foundation was the organizing body for the Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015. It also manages and operates the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, providing more than 100 concert, Broadway, dance, and family events per year.

Vail Valley Foundation activities and events are made possible by cornerstone sponsors GMC, EverBank, and Vail
Resorts. Visit www.vvf.org to learn more.

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