a shared experience
Zachary Rothman-Hicks, English and Special Education Teacher, HPHS:
"It would be the understatement of the year if I said that I was pleased with how your work is going with my classes. I am beyond thrilled, excited and completely overjoyed by the positive impact you are having on my students. As a special education teacher working in an inclusive setting, I come into contact with a very wide range of students. Kids Creative Collective gives all of these students a shared experience by learning about and discussing literature by experiencing it. You teach my students how to express themselves creatively, that it is all right to communicate, to be human - that in a rough, bustling and hectic city like New York it is ok to reach out and touch someone."
Shaquille B., Summer Acting Intensive, 2013:
"KCC is a great and wonderful place to hone your acting skills, Stacey and Jeremy are great teachers who do a good job of challenging you as an actor. The atmosphere in a KCC workshop is incredible, it will be constant support from the coaches to the students in the class. I would recommend KCC for any aspiring young or old actors, I myself cannot wait to go back because Stacey & Jeremy have showed me how much I LOVE acting and have opened my eyes to the potential I have as an aspiring actor."
Laura O., Student, High School for Health Professions and Human Services, 2017:
"You've inspired me so much in realizing my potential and how fun acting is. Thank you for always bringing joy to class and giving your undivided attention."
Michael D., Summer Acting Intensive, 2018:
Your class was honestly life-changing; I had never imagined that I would enjoy this kind of study as much as I did. Stacey and Jeremy are amazing acting teachers, dispelling confusion with a word and instilling a resounding passion in the students of my class.
A safe environment
Tiffany T., Summer Acting Intensive, 2015
"My experience with Kids Creative Collective was not only fun and exciting, but also very insightful. Stacey and Jeremy have a keen awareness on how one can improve their character authenticity, were very resourceful and created a safe environment. I look forward to working with Kids Collective in the near future. Thank you for everything."
Paola S., Student, High School for Health Professions and Human Services, 2014
"I really like acting every Tuesday morning with Stacey and Jeremy - it takes my sleep away. You also made me more courageous on stage - I used to be kind of shy, but not anymore. You should be proud!"
What’s the Buzz
Aidan Grace Heaney
August 4, 2022
Aidan Heaney (she/her) is a sophomore BFA Acting Major at The State University of New York at Fredonia from Belfast, New York. She currently serves as the General Manager of the Fredonia Perfoming Arts Company, PAC, the campus’ only student run theatrical organization. Her recent acting credits include Scottie Ward in PAC’s production of This Random World by Stephen Dietz and Bianca in Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare at Main Street Studios. She was also the Assistant Director of the world premiere production of Everything Feels Like the End of the World by Julia Marie Black as well as the original film of the production at the Phelps Mansion in Binghamton, NY. In November, she will be making her directorial debut with PAC’s experimental production of Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. This summer, she has worked as a producer and director for Playground, a summer youth theatre intensive at Main Street Studios in Fredonia, New York.
"My involvement with KCC came to me at a pivotal point in my career. My senior year of high school coincided with the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, I no longer had access to my normal outlets of expression, and KCC became my sole organized space for creation. I am endlessly grateful that I had KCC during this time because they kept me in shape as an artist. Like any other endeavor we can undertake, being an artist requires constant practice and refinement of skill. The two hours I spent on zoom each Saturday of that year devising new work and pioneering the medium of digital theatre invigorated my spirit , challenged me to step outside of the methods I knew and was comfortable with to take risks and find something new in the way I expressed myself, and provided me with an arsenal of tools and knowledge I continue to utilize in every aspect of my craft. Working with KCC gave me permission to explore the fullness of myself as an artist and a foundation of creative honesty, ingenuity, and awareness to stand on, as well as a muscular attitude of perseverance and openness that has helped propel me through my career thus far.
When I was working with KCC, one of our interns, in reference to the whole college audition process, provided us with the mantra “what is for you will not pass you” which was so comforting to me at the time that I wholeheartedly adopted it as my own personal outlook on my journey. Now, being on the other side of the turmoil of that time, I can say that this attitude is a right one. When you begin your college search process, go into it with your priorities for your education top of mind, and then do your research to be sure that the schools you are applying to meet your vision of where you want to get to. Aside from this, remember that training is training is training. What you get out of the program you choose is entirely up to the work you are willing to put in. Remember that you can get anywhere from anywhere if you stay attentive, alert, and aware of what you want. Carve out a place for yourself by making it crystal clear who you are and what you do and you’ll be rewarded with opportunities to showcase your skill!"