Summer 2024

July 8 – July 19

The Lyceum is a summer-intensive and year-long weekend school for the performing and visual arts. The K-12 curriculum features professional artists teaching a master class series of skills-based content in specific art forms. 


Summer 2024:
Performing Arts:

Grades 3-12: Ballet Theatre of Scranton, 310 Penn Ave, Scranton, PA 18503
Grades K-2: Ritz Theater and Performing Arts Center 222 Wyoming Ave, Scranton, PA 18503

Visual Arts: Lackawanna College, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, Pa 18509


Students will choose one concentration: Visual OR Performing Arts. 

Summer 2024
  • Grades 3-12: $350
  • Grades 3-12: $350


Summer 2024:

Grades 3-12: 9 AM-2 PM
Grades K-2: 10 AM – Noon


Leigh Pawling has taught art privately, in group studios, colleges, and special art programs for over thirty years with a focus on drawing and painting.

Gina Rice holds a Master of Fine Arts and has spent the past 30 years teaching at levels ranging from kindergarten to college. Gina is best known for her free-form expressive wearables in crochet wire jewelry and felted garments, as well as hand-built ceramic sculptures.

Earl LehmanEarl Lehman conducted residencies statewide since 1982 in schools K-12, community settings, in Veterans’ Homes, senior centers and hospitals. “I love what I do and people can tell. The music parts project I did with third graders, hundreds of them, was a blast!”

Lindsay GeorgeLindsay George is an awardwinning children’s book writer and illustrator. For the past 35 years, she has lectured and presented at national literacy conferences and events.

Stefanie Colarusso is an interdisciplinary visual artist who works with educators and community organizers to design STEAM-based curricula. Additionally, she is a folk art practitioner with over 30 years of experience as a traditional Pysanky artist.

Mark Ciocca has an extensive background in art education at local, state, and national levels. His printmaking work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.

Sunday OlaniyiSunday Olaniyi is a Multi-Award winning Nigerian born contemporary multimedia visual artist, and fine art instructor. He is exploring in various painting techniques, craft, sculpture, and the use of beads as a craft oriented medium.

Debra DickDebra Dick is a visual artist and designer with thirty years of experience specializing in calligraphy, lettering, book arts, and illustration. She uses letterforms, hand-made books, and paper arts in her workshops to help people of all ages discover world cultures, historical periods, and personal heritage.


The Accordion Book as Sculpture

Lindsay George,Sculptural Book Making

The oldest known accordion book, found in an archaeological site in Western China, dates back to approximately 900 AD. This workshop will showcase a traditional accordion book transformed into a free-standing modern sculptural object.

Discovering New Landscapes

Earl Lehman,Paint/Collage

Interesting new landscapes will be created using paint and collage materials.

Creative Stamping on
Paper and Fabric

Lindsay George,3D Mono Prints

Create a dimensional paper critter – real or imaginary – using fabulous patterns and textures; design and create a fabric wall hanging that showcases your sense of personal style with an added bonus – pockets!

Works on Paper: Painting

Leigh Pawling,Painting

Students will learn about the process of painting using the elements and principles of art.

Bead Mosaic Art

Sunday Olaniyi,Mosaic

Teach the basic concept of using beads as a medium to create mosaic art.

Continuous Contour Line Soft Selfie

Gina Rice,Textile Art

Students will execute a continuous contour line drawing of themselves and use fabric and yarns to fill in lines with color and texture.

Letter-Shape Collage

Debrah Dick,Collage

Students will draw and cut letter shapes out of various colors of paper to use in an abstract collage.

Text and Image

Debrah Dick,2D Design

Students will take inspiration from their own lives to add decorative and story-telling details to a hand-drawn text.

Collage as a Powerful New Communication Tool

Earl Lehman,Collage

Students will learn about the process of collage as a vehicle for self expression.

Everything but the Kitchen Sink

Stefanie Colarusso,Mixed Media

Found objects can be from nature or manmade and may be modified by an artist or used as part of an installation or assemblage. In this workshop series, students will explore the environment around them to create sculptural works of art from found materials. Students may explore both indoor and outdoor spaces depending on weather. Students will learn how the found art movement inspires conversations about ecology/the environment, community, the economy, place, time, and more.

Drawing and Beyond

Leigh Pawling,Works on Paper

Using a plethora of mediums, we will explore the principles of art while enhancing our creative process and individuality.

The History and Application of Wax-Resist Art

Stefanie Colarusso,Wax Resist Art

From 4th century BCE Egypt to today, wax-resist art can be traced to many different cultures over hundreds of years. Wax-resist is a technique in which the artist creates a design using a wax medium followed by a wash of color dye, ink, or paint. In this workshop, students will learn about the history of wax-resist art on textiles, pottery, and objects and will create a work of art using techniques taught by the artist.

Traditional Fabric Batik Design

Sunday Olaniyi,Batik

Students will learn about the traditional method of using wax and dye to create fabric designs.

Personalized Designs

Mark Ciocca,Drawing

Students will create original compositions inspired by the “illuminated”(decorative) books of medieval Europe. Examples and process will be shown and demonstrated. Drawings can be completed in either black and white and/or colored pencil/marker on Bristol board.

Song Illustration

Mark Ciocca,Drawing

Songs and lyrics will be discussed and examples given to participants for interpreting words into visual images. Students will be shown process and guided for their personal song choice, generating original ideas and compositions. Drawings will be completed in full color pencil/marker on Bristol board.


Erin Malloy has performed in musicals across the country and even at sea. She is currently a freelance singer and guest vocalist and teaches private voice lessons.

Quinn HemphillQuin Hemphill a Scranton native, earned her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University. Select theater credits include Bank of America Tour, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With on screen credits including Lifetime Network’s “Killer Competition” and “Gothic Slayers.” as well as most recently shot as a principal character in “Bad Boys 4,” starring Will Smith produced by Columbia Pictures.

Billye Kubiak has performed on Broadway, in regional theatre, in commercials, and on television. She has directed and choreographed over 30 musicals and show choirs for students of all ages, and conducts lectures and motivational workshops for children and educational professionals.

Matthew Lynady is a professional dancer/ choreographer living in NYC. He has performed across a variety of stages including The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Femuline World Tour starring Todrick Hall.

Jessica Cadden Osborne has performed as both a professional dancer and actor on stage and in film since 2006, including as a Radio City Rockette from 2008-2015. Jessica holds a BFA in Jazz Dance Performance.

Jennifer Cadden LaFrance, a professional ballet dancer, is a graduate of The University of The Arts and danced professionally in NYC as a Soloist for The Metropolitan Opera Ballet.She performed in Billy Joel & Twyla Tharp’s Broadway Show Movin’ Out and danced in Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular in Nashville, Tennessee at the Grand Ole Opry.

Jessi Teevan holds a B.A. in Theater and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She has participated in several local theater projects in a multitude of capacities, including most recently directing Morning’s at Seven (Actor’s Circle).

Conor Kelly O’Brien is an actor, theatre-maker and arts advocate. Conor has performed Off-Broadway as well as a few small TV roles. Conor has performed or seen his original works performed on stages across the country and Great Britain.

Julio Alegria has danced for companies and choreographers in Mexico, Canada, Europe and the US including Dance Theater of Harlem, Alabama Ballet ,Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, Gelsey Kirkland Studio Co , Merce Cunningham etc. He is currently on staff at Ballet Theatre of Scranton.

Tara Middleton is a 2019 and 2022 Pew Fellowship nominated vocalist, violinist, and lyricist, and a 2021 Doris Duke Foundation/NYC Community Trust Grant Recipient.

Conor McGuigan is an actor and writer from Scranton. He performs throughout the area and off-Broadway and has written and directed several of his own shows.

Stephen Murphy is a composer, performer, and music director based in NYC. He is also the frontman for the indie pop/rock band Modern Ties.

Jesse Pimentel began acting at a young age. First as a hobby, then later in life as a profession. Acted in multiple Film, TV, Theater and Motion capture projects such as: Resident Evil Bio Hazard, Resident Evil Village, Law and Order, The Endgame, Marvel, Pledge, and Hara Kiri.

Jenny Hill is a professional circus artist with skills in multi hoop performance and clowning, and she is a published poet. She’s been a rostered teaching artist for 23 years. You may find some of her work online at


So You Want to be in Pictures

Quinn Hemphil

Explore the world of acting in film and unlock your potential to bring characters to life on the silver screen. This course offers personalized acting coaching, where students will learn fundamental techniques and principles of acting for film, including character development, script analysis, emotional truth, and effective
on-screen performance.

Lift Your Voice and Sing!

Erin Malloy

In this course, you will work on the fundamentals of vocal technique and learn how to sing to the best of your ability! Also, have an opportunity to work on singing in different styles of music such as musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, country
and more.

Tap Basics For Beginners

Jessica Cadden Osborne

Tap Basics class is a fun and informative approach to building a solid tap foundation- a MUST for any aspiring musical theatre performer! Students will learn a series of foundational tap steps and put them into a tap combination that can be practiced at home.

Intro to the Boards!

Jesse Pimentel

The students will learn about the trade of acting as a hobby or potential career path. A lot can be discovered about oneself in the theater and we’re here to explore that in an all inclusive environment! Expect monologues, scene studies and reading/watching homework of film, theater, and TV.

Circus Acts

Jennifer Hill

If you’re a circus enthusiast, or circus curious, join us! In this energy-filled session, you’ll learn some circus principles as we try, fail, and improve our skills of balance, scarf juggling, and hooping techniques. There’s enough content for you to leave with some newfound skills to share with friends and family, too.

Music in the Key of Life

Stephen Murphy

An exploration of how we apply music to express a mood via underscore and subtext. Students will be shown examples of musical motifs in film music and musical theatre, and will work on performing songs with a focus on using the music to deliver the composer’s intended message.

Contemporary Fusion

Matthew Lynady

Matthew aims to create a space where all dancers and artists feel safe to be their most confident self and bring their unique individuality to the room. Expect a sweaty, dynamic, and fun environment rooted in a mixture of technical elements, strong connection to the
music, and style

Think Outside of the Box

Connor Kelly O’Brien

Think Outside The Box is an exciting and interactive theatre workshop designed for kids to unleash their imagination and explore the magic of dramatic storytelling. By learning a bit of theatre history while playing creative (and fun) improv games, our students will discover the joy of thinking creatively, building confidence, and bringing their own ideas to life on stage!

Living the Story

Jess Teevan

This class will explore short form improvisation. Taking stories that participants already know and stories they will make up on the spot, they will explore living in the moment and feeling what should come next by engaging with those around them.

All the World’s a Stage

Billye Kubiak

Musical theater dance, jazz, tap, waltz, modern, ballet, and more are all part of the magic of musical theatre dance. Step into the spotlight, tell a story with movement, and enjoy the thrill of performing a variety of dance styles that represent your favorite Broadway and movie musicals.

All that Jazz

Tara Middleton

Get ready to embark on a musical adventure like no other! Join us in the world of jazz where you’ll learn to sing with soul, explore mind-blowing scat improvisations, and unlock the secrets of creating mesmerizing rhythms. Let your creativity soar as you become a true music maverick and experience the electrifying magic of jazz!

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

Julio Alegria

Salsa originated in Cuba and is arguably the most popular dance in Latin America. Students will learn footwork, coordination, musicality, and partnering, as well as a small Spanish salsa vocabulary – the perfect casual dance class for all ages and levels – teaching students everything they need to get out and have fun on the dance floor.

Express Yourself
Through Movement

Jennifer Cadden LaFrance

In this interpretive dance class, you can let go of your inhibitions and express yourself freely, without fear of judgment. The focus is on the creative process, not on perfection, so you can feel safe to experiment and explore your own unique movement vocabulary.

Everything Is Funny

Conor McGuigan

Conor McGuigan has been making people laugh on stages of all sizes his entire life in many unconventional ways. In this class you can learn how to transform the most mundane topics, objects, and situations into comedy gold with lessons on improv, silent humor, script analysis, and more.