Author - Cathlyn Melvin

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Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Cathlyn attended University of Wisconsin - Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where she received her BA in Theatre Arts while she tutored students, coached high school forensics and debate, and immersed herself in theatre!  She has had the opportunity to work with many wonderful theatres across the Midwest, including the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Shakespeare, and Youngblood Theatre Company.  Chicago credits include Antigone and King Lear: A Radio Play with The Framework, three awesome kids' shows with GreatWorks Theatre Company, and the Jeff-Nominated productions Hickorydickory with Chicago Dramatists and The Count of Monte Cristo with Lifeline Theatre. 

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Compass Creative Dramatics Wizard of Oz Summer Theatre Camp, an unforgettable one-week experience for 1st-12th graders, brings together the excitement of mounting a fully-staged musical production (sets! costumes! props!) of The Wizard of Oz with theatre games and activities that stretch kids' creativity and bravery muscles. Two professional actor / educators work alongside the students, leading by example on stage, helping your camper shine. NPN members get $100 off. Scroll below for details...

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 6:11 AM by Cathlyn Melvin

Top 5 Reasons Kids Should Do Theatre

I recently met my first group of 2013 summer campers with my children’s theatre company, Compass Creative Dramatics.

I’m always excited to meet these new faces – some who’ve never done a play before, some who are already pint-sized veterans, and the whole range in between. I know firsthand the amazing benefits that these kids will see – starting with just one week of theatre programming.

As a kid, I was a runner and a gymnast.  I sang in choir and played violin.  I started theatre ...

Posted on July 05, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Cathlyn Melvin