leslie zak 

folk singer, arts educator


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Theatre Games
Active, cooperative, fun and challenging Drama Games help develop trust, self- esteem, community, and creativity while exploring the actor’s craft. Awareness, concentration, vocal and physical expressiveness, observation and imagination are key elements in ensemble work, performing stories, poems, improvisations, and problem-solving exercises.
Ages: Grade levels K-12, adult
Requirements: Open space; maximum 45 participants per session

Stage Dialects
Introduction to dialects, and also tutoring for productions. This lively workshop includes basics of : Standard British, Cockney, Irish, German, French, Russian, Japanese, and American Regional speech patterns. Expands theatre skills and understanding of foreign language roots and relationships. Master Study Guides and scripts for copying will be provided in advance.
Ages: Grade levels 6-12, adult
Requirements: maximum 45 participants per session; materials copied by the school inn advance.

Creative Dramatics
A unique method developed by the artist over more than 30 years of teaching and performing, each class develops and presents a play. An “open Sesame” to all studies, the source material may be a true or fictional story, a special holiday, an historical person or event, or from the students’ own group choice. Subject matter can be customized to school’s curriculum needs.
Program 1: Make a Play in a Day. One day, all day. Presentation at end of school day or in evening for families
Program 2: Creative Dramatics one full school day - no presentation
Program 3: Three full school days ( 1-3 classes)
Ages: Grade levels 5 -12, adult
Requirements: Open space; maximum number of participants: 35

Drama Residency: Combining and developing theatre, literacy, and research skills, each class develops and presents a 45-60 min. play. Source material may be a true or fictional story, a special holiday, an historical person or event, or from the students’ own group choices. Students may also create costumes, props, masks, and scenery from simple materials as needed for the presentation. Subject matter can be customized to school’s curriculum needs. Excellent project for Honors, Enrichment, and Gifted programs.
Length: Three days to 2-3 months, this program can serve groups ranging from one class or grade level to the entire school. Each session with the artist is 90-120 min., usually 2-3 days per week in longer residencies.
Requirements: open space; maximum number of students 60

Artist's Narrative:
Leslie Zak, MA, has been involved in the performing arts since age five. Her multifaceted career in theatre, music, and arts education has included Young People’s Playhouse, Los Angeles; Columbus Jr. Theatre; Wellington Upper School; residencies in NY, Chicago, New England, California, and throughout Ohio from Toledo to Plain City. A frequent presenter at education conferences, her programs with Gifted and Talented, learning-disabled, physically challenged, hospitalized, and incarcerated youth demonstrate her belief in supportive group work as a powerful - and fun - way to develop creativity and problem solving skills. Leslie has been honored as a “Living the Dream” Artist , a resident artist with Columbus urban youth arts program “Visions: Community and Beyond”, and Comfest 2003 Honored Artist. Her latest CD received the Children’s Music Web Award for 2002.


Folk Music 1
Explores the fun of singing together and finding our common human thread. Leslie leads songs, games, and circle dances, from America and around the world, celebrating many cultures and languages All programs are active and participatory. Accompanied by guitar and rhythm instruments, this program consists of the artist’s choice of age-appropriate material. NOTE: all programs will introduce new Sing Along music and games for everyday use in the classroom.
Ages: Grade levels K-12, adult
Length: 45-60 min.

Folk Music II
A performance and Sing Along program around a particular theme selected by the school. Includes consultation with staff. Suggested topics include:
1. “All One People” - recognizing our similarities and celebrating our varieties from around the world. ( multiple languages ) include: Spanish, Japanese, French, Italian, German, Russian, Yoruba, Arabic, Hebrew, Seneca, more.
2. “The 3 Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” - promotes environmental awareness and earth-friendly activities. Includes Native American songs and expressions.
3. “ Working” - honoring work with songs and stories of cowboys, soldiers, sailors, farmers, miners, slaves, secretaries, teachers, housewives, mothers, fathers, etc.
4. “Love Songs in Dangerous Times” - ( grades 8-12 ) - a comic/serious look at adolescent/teen concerns manners from medieval times through the present. Explores ideas of self-esteem, respect, friendship, family.
5. Literacy-based - singing connections to literature
6. Pre-School - K concert - special for the little ones (45 min.)
Ages: Grade levels K-12, adult
Length: 45-60 min. assembly

Folk Music III
“The Phenomenal 60’s” - Leslie and Allen Zak team for a special presentation - joining folk and popular music with Allen’s documentary photographs from the era. Features events and famous figures ( e.g., Dr. Martin King, Bobby Kennedy ) from history and arts ( e.g. James Baldwin, Andy Warhol, Jefferson Airplane ) - from civil rights and peace movements to California “love-ins”and Black Panthers. With narration. Includes question & answer period.
Ages: Grade levels 6-12, adult

A literacy and music experience. Students determine topics of greatest interest to them and Leslie guides the process as they write and share songs in small groups. Using the Six-Trait Writing methodology and the traditional “Folk Process”, lyrics will be set to familiar tunes chosen by the class. Completed songs will be recorded and made available for copying.
Length: 60-90 min

Artist’s Narrative:
Leslie Zak has been performing since age 5, knows over 1,000 songs, sings in 16 languages, and has been called “Columbus’ answer to Raffi”. She combines her theatrical and musical skills and her contagious love of storytelling music to create a unique and engaging program for all ages. Leslie is a recent “Living the Dream” Artist, and a member of the national Children’s Music Network. Her appearances include WCBE-FM “Kids Sundae” and “Global Village”, the Columbus Arts Festival, Taste of Chicago Festival, People's Cafe NY, the Ohio State Fair, Celebration Japan, the Columbus International Festival, Very Special Arts Ohio. Her latest CD “If An Ostrich Can Yodel ...” has received the 2002 National Children’s Music Web Award. See also GCAC listing under “Theatre”.