Resident, Kelly Thomas brings SISTER ACT Performance Training to Aferro!

SISTER ACT is a Performance Training for Girls in Courage, Confidence and Creativity

Kelly Thomas, resident artist with the Essential Elements Creative Collective, joins forces with Performance Poet and Youth Counselor Jessica ‘Souletic’ Harris to host ‘SISTER ACT’ a week-long training for girls during the week of JULY 28TH – AUGUST 1ST 2014. At the height of adolescence, the world projects onto teenagers who they should be: the Sister Act Performance Intensive prepares young women, ages 14 -18, to powerfully define themselves through activities that are both meaningful and exciting!  The women of the Essential Elements Collective have been exploring emotional release, sisterhood and art making and are ready to open up the studio to share this work with the community.

The 5-day intensive will include skill building in leadership, positive self-image, public speaking, critical thinking and teamwork. Participants will act, sing, dance, write and study Theater works by women of the African Diaspora. Students will discover a greater sense of self, unleash their natural talent in the arts and explore what it means to be a Sister to other young women in the process!

All Sessions will be held from 10am – 3pm in the Essential Elements Studio at Gallery Aferro 73 Market Street, Newark NJ.  Program Cost is $200 : Tuition Assistance is available. To Register visit   For more information call 973 568 4931

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Gallery Resident, Kelly Thomas, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Theater from New York University and has been facilitating youth arts programs for 8 years.

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