SERIOUS MONKEY BUSINESS
Providing unique dramatic art education opportunities for children ages 7-18 yrs.
FMTA Director, Nikki Tillotson, has been educating youth and producing quality children's theater in Benicia since 2003. A graduate of Solano College's Actor Training Program (ATP) and the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) BA program, she has since become an instructor, director and award winning scenic designer (BHS). Nikki has also been a certified coach and teacher (ASCC) thought the California Teacher Commission since 2010.
Nikki's love of children's theatre began when her own children participated in and grew confident through small skits in the family backyard. Beginning with a small "backyard" children's ensemble in 2003, she has since created and established the dramatic art department for all Benicia Unified Elementary Schools, including an after school repertory theatre training program at each Benicia elementary school, Benicia Middle School Drama Club, BHS Improv, BHS Drama Productions (scenic design instruction) and a variety of summer camps for children 7-15 yrs. old. The flying family continues to grow with the THE BENICIA UNIFIED PLAYERS, a district-wide ensemble designed to integrate and connect the drama departments at all 6 Benicia schools!
We offer drama clubs and camps for children ages 7-15 yrs. Lead by a dedicated team of artists and mentors, the programs at FMTA connect actors of all ages while boosting self esteem and camaraderie. Scholarships are available. Register on our classes and camps page or contact us with any questions.
Flying Monkey Theatre Arts seeks to provide children in the community with opportunities to learn life skills through dramatic art.
FMTA takes a unique approach to dramatic art education by focusing on self esteem, ensemble, chivalry and risk taking. Through this "theatre family" approach to learning, the intellectual, social, behavioral and emotional growth of each and every actor is assured. No two students have exactly the same learning style. It is our goal to create varying situations for children to create art, learn skills (for ex. commitment, chivalry or camaraderie) and form bonds while feeling successful and having fun!
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