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Bertie County Arts Council brings artist residency to Bertie High School!

Ms. Sharon Askew’s 2nd Block, Freshman English Class is experiencing a two-week artist residency, made possible through the Bertie County Arts Council’s Grassroots Grant! The work done in the classroom by artists Patrick Osteen and Cameron Wade will cover writing, self-expression, creation of characters, and discussion of themes all through movement, puppetry and more!


Patrick Osteen Headshot


Patrick Osteen is a co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of RhinoLeap Productions.  With RhinoLeap he has appeared in the world premiere of Company K and Leaving Eden.  Patrick spent two years as part of the Broadway tour of War Horse.  He then spent over three years as part of the international tour of Cirque Du Soleil’s Toruk.  Patrick recently directed Twelfth Night as part of Temple Theater’s summer Shakespeare production for high school students.  He has a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  


Cameron Wade Headshot


Cameron Wade is a Registered Drama Therapist, Theatre Maker and Arts Educator originally from Durham, NC. Her career in theater education began in Duke School for Children and Duke Youth Programs as a choreographer for Expressions Fine Arts Camp and Duke Drama Workshop. She earned her B.A. in Theatre Education and K-12 Teaching License at UNC-Charlotte, completing her student teaching at Northwest School of the Arts where she directed and choreographed The Most Massive Woman Wins and co-directed The Big Picture, a student written commission from the Teen Health Connection. She served for 3 years as a Teaching Artist for Children's Theatre of Charlotte in its School of Theatre Training where she taught acting and musical theater technique for students aged 3 to 18 and choreographed productions of The Crane WifeMulan Jr.QuiltersSelkieAlice in Wonderland, and Honk!. Additionally, Cameron served for 3 years as US Program Manager and Trainer for Move This World, a global non-profit that harnessed the power of creative-based, trauma informed strategies to transform communities of teaching and learning across the United States. In 2015, Cameron received her Master's degree in Drama Therapy from New York University.   


“Change with me if …” was the icebreaker Osteen and Wade used to get to know the students and their interests, one by one!





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