To bring the wit and wisdom of classical plays and musicals to contemporary audience in boldly reimagined productions and educational resource materials. The timeless poetry and songs deal with the same central issue we all face today: tyranny and oppression vs. honor and love. Through great art, contemporary audiences can reawaken their empathy, deepen their self awareness and sharpen their intellectual dexterity. In the hands of gifted performers, great stories come to life in profound events which can have lasting impact. Deeply human and emotional stories add dimension to the learning environment, and so, CTM is dedicated to creating innovative and impactful educational packages for teachers and students. We provide artist/mentors, residencies, teacher-training and skill-development workshops, and performances as we continue to build partnerships with educators, community leaders, their respective institutions and constituencies.
A new resident of the Annapolis Area, Austin Rubinoski is the Director of Education and Resident Artist here at Classic Theatre of Maryland. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a focus in Musical Theatre from Rockford University in June of 2019. Prior to his time in Annapolis, Austin participated in the production of several virtual productions throughout the pandemic that raised funds for out of work artists, as well as early child care and education. Austin’s dedication for the engagement and enrichment of children pushed him to take on this position, where he hopes to grow the comprehensive understanding, appreciation, and access to timeless dramatic literature that Classic Theatre of Maryland provides for today’s young artists.
Dexter Hamlett, Director of Community Engagement
Dexter studied at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts. He worked in film and television in Hollywood as well as on the legit stage. He served as a teacher and as a company member at The Will Greer Theatricum, where he lead seminars in stage combat, scene study and character development. Dexter returned to Washington D.C. where he served as a teaching artist for The Kennedy Center, specifically working with middle and high school students on a range of techniques relevant to artistic process and practice. Dexter has been a resident artist at Classic Theatre of Maryland for the past three seasons where he has performed leading roles including Claudius in Hamlet, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale and Ebenezer Scrooge in the Company’s original adaptation of A Christmas Carol.
Professional Apprenticeships and Pre-Professional Internships
CTM offers a variety of apprenticeship and internship opportunities for recent college graduates and current college students who are pursuing a career in the theatre. We offer observerships, training and practical experience for Actors, Stage Managers, Technical, Design and Production.
CTM offers a variety of opportunities for students within Anne Arundel County and across the state of Maryland. One of our most common is a student matinee performances. Along with watching a professional production we offer our pre/post performance workshops that further engage students with the production and allow them to discuss and analyze classical pieces.
CTM annually offers training to Anne Arundel County teachers for classical works like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, among others. This training workshops provides tools and techniques to teachers that provide guidance on how to create activities that engage students in classical works.