Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila journeys to find her roots, get confidence and be amazing! Travel with Yelia as she visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style in this participation play created and performed by Paige Hernandez.
$1 for ages 18 and under, $5 for adults who bring a youth, $5 for ages 19-30, and $10 for everyone else.
Special thank you to the Mt. Gretna Arts Council for help in underwriting this performance in honor of Linda Bell, organizer of 20 plus years of the Mt. Gretna Outdoor Art Show where she promoted arts in youth.
Recommend for ages k-5.
Paige is a multidisciplinary artist who is critically acclaimed as a performer, director, choreographer and playwright. Paige is also known for her effective fusion of theatre, hip-hop, dance and education.
As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all disciplines. To date, she has reached approx. 10,000 students, from Pre-K through college, in over 100 residencies, workshops and performances. She has been recognized in many organizations including the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts and Arena Stage where she was awarded the Thomas Fichandler award for exceptional promise in theater education. The Huffington Post also named Paige a “classroom hero” because of her outstanding arts integration and work with STEM initiatives.
Paige is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has performed on many stages throughout the country including DC: Arena Stage, Folger Theatre, The Kennedy Center , Fulton Theatre (PA), Ohio Theatre (NY), Manship Theatre(LA), Paramount Theatre (TX), Cleveland Playhouse (OH), The Wharton Center (MI) and many others. She has collaborated with The Lincoln Center (NY) and was commissioned by both the National New Play Network, the Kennedy Center and the Glimmerglass festival.
As a critically acclaimed director and dancer, Paige’s choreography has been seen all over the world most notably at Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, Forum Theatre and at Woolly Mammoth Theatre. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as two Helen Hayes nominations for choreography and performance. Most recently she was named “40 under 40” by Washingtonian Magazine, “Six Theatre workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” at the Kennedy Center and a “Rising Leader of Color” by the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).
As a hip-hop education advocate, Paige has shaped various educational workshops, including Props for Hip Hop at Arena Stage and Keep it Moving, at Wolf Trap. Both workshops help teachers to understand the fundamentals of hip-hop while incorporating the culture into their curriculum.
Paige tours internationally with her original works including Stomping Grounds, CLOVE, Liner Notes, The Nayika Project, 7th Street Echo , All the Way Live!, Havana Hop and Paige in Full: A B-girl’s Visual Mixtape.