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Ms. Arlene Begelman

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Board Member

Phone: (860) ***-****  HQ Phone
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FineLine Theatre Arts School
66 Railroad Street
New Milford , Connecticut 06776
United States

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Background

Employment History

  • Artistic Director
    Stage II LLC
  • Artistic Director
    The School of the Performing Arts
  • Artistic Director
    Actor's Repertory Theatre of Connecticut
  • Artistic Director
    Connecticut Stage , Inc.
  • Artistic Director
    SOPA
  • Scholarship Student
    George Balanchine's School of American Ballet

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Stage II LLC
  • Founder
    The School of the Performing Arts
  • Founder
    SOPA

Education

  • B.A.
    Brooklyn College
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Web References
Faculty
www.finelinetheatrearts.com, 3 Oct 2014 [cached]
Arlene Begelman
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Arlene Begelman's experience and ability as a teacher, director and choreographer has made her a true treasure in the New Milford area. Her 60+ years of dedication to the performing arts is second to none. From 1942 to 1948 she was a scholarship student at George Balanchine's School of American Ballet, and from there she went on to join his company, The New York City Ballet. From 1963 to 1972 she choreographed and/or staged 20 community theatre productions in New York City and Connecticut. She was the Artistic Director of Actor's Repertory Theatre of Connecticut and Connecticut Stage, Inc., directing dozens of plays and musicals. In 1981 Arlene became Artistic Director of The School of the Performing Arts (S.O.P.A), a professional training school for dance, voice and theatre.
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Elizabeth Cox began her early training at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, Connecticut under the direction of Arlene Begelman and Robert Maiorano.
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Ocean studied dance under the direction of Arlene Begelman at the School of Performing Arts in New Milford, and then at the School of American Ballet in New York City. She worked with Urban Ballet Theatre and Pennsylvania Ballet. She has performed with the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and San Francisco Ballet.
Directors
www.finelinetheatrearts.com, 3 Oct 2014 [cached]
Arlene Begelman
Spectrum Begelman announces School of Performing Arts staff
www.spectrum.newmilford.com, 16 Sept 2002 [cached]
Begelman announces School of Performing Arts staffArlene Begelman, artistic director of Stage II, Inc., and The School of Performing Arts in Sherman, has announced the staff for the coming year.
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"Ms. Ellis has very special qualities which make her an excellent teen teacher," Ms. Begelman said.
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"Ms. Barton has a special rapport with youngsters that is extremely important in theater classes," Ms. Begelman said.
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Ms. Begelman will offer Pilates, a stretch and dance fitness program for adults, this fall/winter. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m.For more information and registration, call (860) 354-8564.
New Milford Spectrum History of the School of Performing Arts
www.spectrum.newmilford.com, 28 July 2006 [cached]
Late 1970s: Arlene Begelman starts the School of the Performing Arts (SOPA) on Bank Street in New Milford as a foundation for students who will enter Connecticut Stage, Inc., a professional theater company in New Milford. Late 1980s: When Connecticut Stage, Inc., goes out of business, SOPA,s activities expand. Mid-1990s: Ms. Begelman forms Stage II, Inc., an arts school for opera and other theater projects. 1998: Ms. Begelman is asked to serve as artistic director of the Connecticut Conservatory, a performing arts school in New Milford.She agrees, and the Conservatory becomes The Connecticut Conservatory of the Performing Arts.SOPA and Stage II still exist in name. 2000: Ms. Begelman resigns from The Connecticut Conservatory of the Performing Arts and plans to focus on theater and be low key in the community.Instead, she is sought out by students who are interested in taking SOPA classes.As a result, Ms. Begelman uses space at the Jewish Community Center in Sherman to offer an array of SOPA classes. 2001: Ms. Begelman, along with Kerry Gallagher of Fusionworks and Heidi Miller of the Lincoln Institute of New York City, collaborate to form downcitydancetheater as a part of SOPA.
Spectrum ‘Amazing teacher’ focuses on individual talents
www.spectrum.newmilford.com, 4 Jan 2002 [cached]
Arlene Begelman, who runs the School of Performing Arts in Sherman, says she loves seeing "each student feel a sense of accomplishment" when taking classes at her school.
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"It was virtually only dance last year," Mrs. Begelman said of the programs the school offered last year.But since then, the New Milford resident said, student interest and registration has increased.The school offers "topnotch teaching" through its teachers and guest artists, all of whom Mrs. Begelman knows personally or through their work.Students of various skill levels attend the school.Regardless of level and how frequently a student takes a class, "you're given attention," Mrs. Begelman said."Some students are here professionally, others are here for recreation," she said.Mrs. Begelman said SOPA's philosophy is to "instill something that will never leave each student" and to see each person have a "sense of accomplishment."She said she's witnessed all forms of growth in students during her years in the performing arts field."It's very possible for people who want to do voice, theater and dance to do so" no matter what skills they have or how old they are, she explained."There will always be students better than you are, but that's the only way you progress," Mrs. Begelman explained.Sometimes students surprise themselves, however, she commented.Mrs. Begelman surprised herself in 2000 after she resigned as artistic director of The Connecticut Conservatory of the Performing Arts in New Milford."I wasn't intending to do this," she said, referring to SOPA.But some of her students and friends requested she continue her teaching.Thus, SOPA was born... again.Mrs. Begelman actually started the School of the Performing Arts in the late 1970s as a "training guard" for students who would be entering Connecticut Stage, Inc., a professional theater company in New Milford.At the time, SOPA was located on Bank Street."It had bleachers, we made lights and curtains," she said, reminiscing."Students tell me they still miss it," Mrs. Begelman smiled.In time, SOPA students began to perform as apprentices at Connecticut Stage, Inc.It was a perfect fit for the two separate organizations."We were doing well building residencies in the 1980s, but we couldn't keep up with the fund-raising" for SOPA's non-profit status, Mrs. Begelman said.Unfortunately, in the late 1980s Connecticut Stage, Inc."went defunct," Mrs. Begelman said.SOPA fizzled down quietly but still existed.The arts still stirred in Mrs. Begelman, however, so in the mid-1990s, she formed Stage II, Inc., an arts school for opera and other theater projects.In 1998, Connecticut Conservatory, a performing arts school in New Milford, asked Mrs. Begelman if she would serve as artistic director at the school.That year, SOPA combined with the Conservatory to form The Connecticut Conservatory of the Performing Arts.When the two schools combined, "Stage II, Inc. fell by the wayside," said Mrs. Begelman said, who added that it does still exist."It had good attendance," she said of Stage II."People who had never been to an opera were inspired then."I hope to go back to it again," she said.Kristin Bundesen, the executive director at CCPA, said although Mrs. Begelman is no longer at the school, she is considered a "valuable teacher and asset to the community."The Conservatory offers a professional training program.The program requires CCPA students to participate in certain classes and receive written permission to study outside the Conservatory."We grant automatic permission to study with Arlene," Ms. Bundesen related.
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Some of the students have studied with Mrs. Begelman since they were young children.Mary Read, 16, of Bridgewater is one of those students.She's worked with Mrs. Begelman since she was 7."I believe she's one of the most amazing teachers ever," Mary said.Mrs. Begelman "has an eye for giving correction in a way that anything she says makes sense and helps you," she explained.Although Mrs. Begelman's direction can be "tough," she is "helpful and cares about each person," Mary summed up.Ms. Bundesen recognizes Mrs. Begelman's skills, noting, "We still ask Arlene to teach master classes at the Conservatory."
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Mrs. Begelman, who majored in history, obtained a B.A. from Brooklyn College."I always loved the theater," she said, "but I didn't realize that could exist for a female."Mrs. Begelman said she did a lot of "trial and error" over the years when it came to work and projects.Since then, SOPA has taken up a lot of her time.She works at SOPA three times a week, teaches privately at Kent School and coaches in theater, dance and musical theater.Still, she's interested in some day starting up Stage II, Inc., again, as well as a youth theater, for which she has already conducted auditions."I love working with original material," Mrs. Begelman said, noting that she's trying to incorporate the program into the school systems."It's an important aspect of education," she stated."All aspects of the performing arts can open up a whole world for someone."Getting professionals into the school systems wouldn't be a problem, according to Mrs. Begelman."They are here and available.""Many of us are ready to give back to the community," she said, observing that performing artists are ready and willing to conduct workshops for teachers in the schools.
The spring semester The School of Performing Arts will begin Feb. 2. Jazz, drama, ballet and a special events singers workshop will take place Jan. 14-17.For more information about SOPA, call Mrs. Begelman at (860) 354-8564.
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