Didn’t you move? Where are you located?
For 5 years, the Glitter & Razz Dramatic Play Space was located in Rockridge neighborhood in the basement of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church. In September 2012, we moved out of that space so that we can focus on bringing the mission of Glitter & Razz to kids and families all over the Bay Area and beyond. We now deliver programs at several spaces through partnerships with super cool organizations.
You are called “Glitter & Razz” but I also see a lot of stuff for “Go Girls!”. What’s the difference? Do you do programs for boys?
Glitter & Razz Productions is the name of our business. In the past, we have produced a number of programs for both girls and boys. However, in Sept 2012, we decided to focus our energy and passion on igniting a compassion revolution by putting girls center stage. ”Go Girls!” is our featured program with the “Go Girls! Camp” at the center. We currently do not offer programs specifically for boys but…you never know what the future will hold.
My creative kid is shy/has never performed before. What will it be like for her?
At Glitter & Razz, we are committed to teaching and reinforcing social/emotional skills through theater. Because of this, our main goal is for all kids to feel safe, heard, and respected and for them to have the skills to treat others in the same way. In addition to drama classes, we incorporate visual arts and creative movement into all of our programs so that girls with a diversity of interests, personalities, and learning styles find their way into the group.
We never force anyone to perform in the final play if they don’t want to. However, this is rarely a problem. Since the girls make up the plays themselves, they are very invested in them and are usually quite passionate (a.k.a. jumping off the walls) about sharing their final product with a loving audience.
What about my outgoing kid? My daughter has done a lot of theater. Will Glitter & Razz build their skills?
Certainly. Glitter & Razz founders Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny are both professionally-trained actors with many years of experience both performing and teaching theater to people of all ages. They have designed Glitter & Razz camps to teach BOTH performing skills AND collaborative skills.
One concept we teach kids is “The secret to acting is Listening.” We believe that practices like active listening, generosity, and self-discipline make us better actors as well as happier people.
Do Allison and Lynn teach the camps themselves?
Although Go Girls! and all Glitter & Razz grew out of the direct teaching of founders, Lynn Johnson and Allison Kenny, as Go Girls! grows, Allison and Lynn’s roles must change. Lynn is the CEO of Glitter & Razz. This means that she spends the majority of her time setting the strategic vision for the work, building new partners and managing the growth of this compassion revolution we are working to ignite. Allison is the Go Girls! Director. This means that she spends most of her time designing and developing all of the program elements as well as hiring, training, and, managing all of the incredible staff to make Go Girls! happen. So, neither Lynn nor Allison are the day-to-day teaching artists of any of the sessions. Allison, however, will be leading a Kidpower training for all the girls at all the summer 2013 sites (she is a certified Kidpower instructor) and both she and Lynn will both be present throughout the summer as guest artists in other ways.
The Go Girls! staff is amazing. We only hire teaching artists and expressive artists who share our vision for igniting a compassion revolution through the arts and have tons of experience working with kids. All of our staff will also receive extensive training from Allison and Lynn before camps begin. Learn more about the Go Girls! Camp staff team>>>
Go Girls! Camp is for girls ages 6-11. How do you serve that wide age range?
For each session of camp, we divide the girls into 2 different age groups: The Glitter Group (rising 1st & 3rd graders) and The Razz Group (rising 4th & 6th graders). The groups have separate Drama and Expressive Arts classes and create their own part of our larger play. We provide opportunities for the mixed ages to be together during Community Circle Time, lunch, and other Kids Choice times. Our goal at Go Girls! Camp is to create a learning environment that is developmentally appropriate for all girls at each stage of elementary school while also making space for the richness of intergenerational female relationships from the youngest girl through the teen staff to the adult teaching artists.
My child isn’t quite 6, can she still come?
Go Girls! programs are specifically designed to be developmentally appropriate for girls in elementary school. When girls younger than 6 have come to one of our camps, more often than not, we find that they are more challenged and not able to fully grasp all of the concepts and activities. However, if your daughter has completed kindergarten and will be turning 6 soon, she is certainly welcome at Go Girls! Camp.
What is your kid/adult ratio?
Our main goal is that every child feel safe, heard, and respected. To that end, our camps are intimate – 30 kids max – with a minimum of 2 full-time adult staff members and 2 full-time youth assistants present for the full duration of the camp. In addition to those staff members, there will most likely be a part-time specialty teaching artist, an administrator, and/or youth interns present helping to create a loving environment.
What is your cancellation policy for Summer Camps?
When you first complete your registration, we require you pay a deposit of 20% of your tuition to hold your place. This deposit is non-refundable. The balance for all camp sessions is due on May 31. In the event of a cancellation before May 31, we refund your balance in full (less the deposit). If you cancel after May 31, we refund your balance less an extra $50 cancellation fee and your initial deposit. If you cancel within 30 days of the first day of your summer camp, we will issue you a credit in the full amount of your balance (less the deposit and cancellation fee) for you to use towards a future Glitter & Razz camp or class. This credit is non-transferable and will be valid for 365 days.
Do you offer financial aid?
The mission of Glitter & Razz is to ignite a compassion revolution through theater and expressive arts. To that end, we set aside 10% of all of our profits for the purpose of sharing the experience of Go Girls! with as many girls as possible. We use part of this money towards creating programs in specific communities of need. The rest we use to help girls in need attend our summer camps. If you and your daughter are in need of assistance to attend summer camp, you can contact email@example.com for more information.
Is Glitter & Razz a non-profit organization?
No. Glitter & Razz is a small, for-profit (LLC), social venture committed to using business as a tool for community-building and world-changing. We are always learning about new and innovative ways that businesses are involved in making real change happen and we partner with schools, other businesses, and non-profits in the work of making this a happier and healthier world. Co-founders Lynn and Allison specifically chose to become a for-profit in order to elevate the value of the work of professional teaching artists in our society.
What is your Tax EIN Number? I need it along with a receipt for my taxes.
20-5363284. Send your name, your child’s name, and the date(s) of the camp(s) he or she attended (if you remember) to this address and we will be sure to email you a receipt of your payment.