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    The Lusher Academy rolls out inaugural workshops!

    Wanna see your Dad do hip hop? Do you want to learn how to create realistic wound makeup? Do you know the difference between earning interest, interest rates, and compound interest? Well, do we have a workshop for you!

    Established by the Parents Art Guild, the Lusher Academy is a day of workshops that are geared to raise funds, build community and have a little fun!

    When: March 23, 2019

    Where: Lusher Charter High School, 5624 Freret Street

    Sign in table and entrance at Nashville Gate

    *please report 15 minutes before your class.

    Session 1

    10:00AM – 11:30AM

    Click here for Session 1 Course Registration:

    Audition Techniques: Trey Burvant (6th – 12th grade) $25 Max 20 students

    Course description: 

    Learn the basic skills and techniques for auditioning in front of the camera and on stage.  Topics will include head shots & resumes, reels, script analysis, difference between film and theatre audition styles.  Class will offer opportunity to cold read and get feed back. 

    Your instructor:  Trey Burvant 

    Trey has been an actor and acting coach for 25 years. He earned his acting B.F.A from College of Santa Fe and his M.F.A.  from the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard/Moscow Art Theatre in 2001.  As an actor he has toured in Russia, Germany, Italy & Switzerland and has performed at the Moscow Art Theatre Lab, American Repertory Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Huntington Theatre Lab.  Notable local credits include: Southern Rep’s regional premiere of A Dolls House, Part Two, Mold, Nola Project’s World Premiere of Flood City.   Selected credits in national commercials, television and film are:  American Express, McDonalds, Budweiser, Robitussin, Nutella, Treme, Drop Dead Diva (co-star), Final Destination, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, The Campaign, The Lucky One, NCIS: New Orleans, Steven Soderbergh’s HBO film Mosaic & Jordan Peele’s Oscar winning Get Out.

    Hip Hop Jam: Nichole Boyd-Buckels (6th grade – Adult) $15 Max 25 students

    Course description: 

    Adults are encouraged to come pop and sock with their students! Adjusted to all ability levels. After cardio warm up, you will move into progressions across the floor, a bit of core strengthening and then choreography with room to add your own flair! You will have fun, challenge yourself and learn a routine you’ll be proud to show off!  Come dressed in clothes you can move in, a water bottle, and white bottomed tennis shoes.

    Your instructor: Nicole Boyd-Buckels

    Originally from New Orleans, Nicole Boyd-Buckels began her dance training at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. She attended UC Los Angeles as a dance major and went on to receive her B.F.A in dance from Tulane University.  Nicole has been a company member with the Rod Rodgers Dance Company, New Orleans Dance Collective, Mudhoney Dance Collective, Tsunami Dance Company and has performed in the White Wave Dance Festival and Battery Park Dance Festival.  Nicole is the recipient of two Big Easy Classical Arts Awards in choreography for her pieces Waitin’ on That 5 o’clock Breeze (1997) and High Heels and Grits (2003). In addition, Nicole is an on-set consultant and choreographer for film and television, AMC, Sony, Google to name a few. She is currently full time faculty member at Lusher Charter School in New Orleans and an adjunct professor at Tulane University.

    Financial Life Skills: Knox Clark (9th – 12th grade) $25 Max 25 students

    Course description: 

    What are interest rates vs. interest charges vs. earning interest?

    Understanding your financial life is crucial. This course will cover creating a budget, understanding how to track spending, compound interest, establishing and managing debt, and investing in your financial future. Perfect workshop for soon to be graduates!

    Your instructor: Knox Clark

    Knox Clark is a co-founder of AMCREF Community Capital, LLC and the founder of Gulf South Finance, LLC. Knox has more than twenty five years of commercial and corporate finance experience as an asset based lender, investment banker and corporate development director. Prior to founding Gulf South Finance in 2003 and co-founding AMCREF in 2005, Knox served as Vice President, Marketing for Gulf Coast Business Credit, a New Orleans asset based lender.  Knox earned a BA from Tulane University and a MBA from Loyola University New Orleans. He is the father of three Lusher students Knox ’15, Milly ’17, and Reedy ’19.

    Freret Field Study – A walk and talk about the economic and social life of a street: Marilyn Feldmeier  $15 (All Ages) Max 25 attendees

    *we will depart from Nashville Gate

    Course description:

    “The look of things and the way they work are inextricably bound together, and in no place more so than cities.”  -Jane Jacobs, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’

    Let’s take a walk down Freret Street between Jefferson and Napoleon Avenues to explore the renaissance of this Uptown neighborhood ‘high street’… paying attention to how the political, social and economic conditions relate to the buildings and shape of the neighborhood. 

    Your instructor: Marilyn Feldmeier

    As an adjunct faculty for Tulane University explores the relationship of the physical shape of cities and their social and economic systems, with a particular focus on the works of Jane Jacobs and Richard Sennet. In her non-academic life, Marilyn Feldmeier is a registered architect and principal of Bkind Development and StudioFG. Marilyn received a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University and a Masters of Science in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics.

    Session 2

    11:40AM – 1:10PM

    Click here for Session 2 Course Registration:

    How to Start a Business: Kay Morrison (9th grade – Adult) $25 Max 25 students

    Course description: 

    Ever thought of starting your own business, but don’t know where to start? Kay Morrison, founder of the Occasional Wife will take you through all of the steps to begin. This course will include: brand development, marketing and the how to do it.

    Your instructor: Kay Morrison

    Kay Morrison, is founder and CEO of The Occasional Wife, a service which “empowers women by allowing them to do what they want to do while my company takes care of the rest of their lives,” from organizing moves to setting up home offices, hanging  pictures, planning events, purchasing tickets, or arranging travel, estate sales and more. Morrison was awarded the prestigious 2007 and 2008 Innovator of the Year by New Orleans City Business magazine. Named Outstanding Woman by New Orleans Magazine. She and her husband Camp have two children, a Junior at Lusher, Annabel class of 2020 and Flynn that is a Senior and attends Ecole. The Occasional Wife has been in business for 12 years and is proud to be a business grown out of New Orleans.

    Screenplay writing: Chris Poche (9th grade – Adult) $25 Max 15 students

    Course description:

    Do you have an idea that you would like to turn into a screenplay? In this course students learn the underlying rules and tricks of feature screenwriting.  You’ll learn the difference between a good idea and a good story and explore how to develop and structure that story for the screen.  The class will also cover characters, scene writing, theme, dialogue and the unique format in which screenplays are written.  Recommendations will be provided on software, books and websites.

    Your instructor: Chris Poché 

    He is the really cool guy, who writes stuff.

    Chris Poché is a reformed Architect who has been a professional screenwriter for fifteen years, working on projects at Paramount, Dreamworks Animation, Twentieth Century Fox and others.  His first directing effort, The True Don Quixote, was completed in June of 2018. He is a Lusher lifer x 3.

    Special Effects Makeup – from Zits to Ooze: Miki Sautbine (9th grade – Adult) $30 includes a starter kit Max 25 students

    Course description:

    Professional makeup artist Miki Sautbine will take students on a creative and practical journey to create special effects makeup. Students will learn how to make freckles, bruises, zits, while they building their skills to produce open sores, and wounds that bleed and ooze.

    A stater makeup kit will be provided, with recommendations on local makeup vendors, brushes, additional supplies and tricks of the trade from a working professional.

    Your instructor: Miki Sautbine

    Miki Sautbine has been working in the film and television industry since 2010. She specializes in special effect makeup, and has worked on shows such as Dusk Till Dawn, and In An Instant. She loves her career because it has allowed her to bring her passion of art and science together, as well as constant human interactions.


    5:00PM – 7:00PM

    Click here for Evening Course Registration:

    Bourbon / Whiskey Tasting: Taylor Galyean (21+) $40 Max 44 attendees

    Location for event: 2035 State Street

    Course description:

    All bourbon is whiskey, but not all whiskey is bourbon.  Spend the evening learning what defines bourbon and how the ingredients, distilling methods, and environments make them different from one another.  As we sip on five different spirits, we will discuss the tasting profiles and talk about how each are unique.  Amongst the bourbons we will be tasting, one was awarded World’s Best Single Barrel Bourbon and another a Gold Medal at the World Whiskey Awards.

    Your instructor: Taylor Galyean

    Taylor Galyean’s family founded Smooth Ambler Spirits distillery in Maxwelton, WV.  He helped launch new products and was the brand ambassador for Smooth Ambler in five states.  When not extolling the virtues of well made craft spirits, Taylor is the father of a Lusher lifer, does architectural design, and invents hydrotherapy treatments.