PUSH Pins, the children’s division of PUSH Physical Theatre

It’s where kids play, move and use their imaginations to create stories, usually non-verbally. You can find us in Rochester, NY for our annual PUSH Pins Camp which runs this summer (2016) from June 27th – July 1st. Watch for more information on our website and Facebook. In addition, we travel to camps, guest teaching our style of physical theatre. During the school year, we lead workshops, classes and residency work for grade pre-k through middle school. Our curriculum connects to visual and performing arts curriculum, as well as ELA, PE, Science, Physical Science, Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learner Standards. We customize our program to support the unit being taught or introduced. For a list of sample workshops, click here.

 PUSH Pins is designed with intent to build character in children for the stage and for life!

The purpose of this site:

  •      To organize resources, including some of our favorite literature, equipment and activities for creative thinking and team building.
  •      To share home and classroom management tips that we have found helpful in cultivating an environment where kids are on board and flourish.
  •      To post special events for children, teens, teachers and mentors.
  •      To connect with others who care about youth.

MORE ABOUT OUR TEAM

Heather R. Stevenson

Heather R. Stevenson

Heather Stevenson directs PUSH Pins, the children’s division of PUSH Physical Theatre. She teaches arts education, connecting current curriculum and state standards, to children across the country and abroad. Heather is a choreographer, focusing on children’s musicals, shows and creative projects.

Darren Stevenson

Darren Stevenson

Born and raised in England, Darren met Heather, a New Jersey native, during their mutual studies at The Center in St. Louis. Their shared love of physical theatre, dance and acrobatics planted the seeds for their relationship and eventual collaboration in PUSH Physical Theatre.

Carolyn Haygood

Carolyn Haygood studied with Garth Fagan Dance for many years, and completed the apprentice program of PUSH Physical Theatre in 2004 before joining the teaching staff of PUSH Pins, PUSH’s children's division. There, she leads traditional dance activities as well as lively creative movement sessions that include body conditioning and free dance.

Carolyn Haygood

Erika Ruegemer

Erika is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of One Dance Company New York. She provides opportunities for movers/dancers of all ages and backgrounds and believes in teaching with a balance of old-fashioned etiquette and new progression. In the classroom Erika is tender-hearted, direct, and energetic. It's her mission to challenge individuals to discover their passion.

Erika Ruegemer
Jonathan Lowery

Jonathan Lowery

Jonathan is a classically trained actor and mime from Jackson, Mississippi. He began his studies with Dr. Lou Campbell and continued his training under other movement masters such as Avner Eisenberg, James Donlon, and Daniel Stein. Jonathan has appeared on national TV and toured as a mime and vaudeville performer throughout the world. He has performed with PUSH since 2007.

Avi Pryntz-Nadworny

Avi Pryntz-Nadworny

Avi grew up in Rochester, NY, where he was involved with acting, juggling, and gymnastics. After moving to Canada to study circus at École De Cirque de Québec, he continued his education at Scuola di Circo Flic in Turin, Italy. Avi has performed all over America and Europe as a soloist, and with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Airplay Jugglers, and Cirq’ulation Locale.

Katherine Marino

Katherine grew up in Rochester, NY and has performed professionally since age 13. She holds a dual degree in Dance and Environmental Studies from William Smith College. In 2014, she won a year-long Fulbright fellowship to Mendoza, Argentina. Katherine’s professional performing experience includes the Elizabeth Clark Dance Ensemble, Finger Lakes Dance! Concert, Rochester Dance Project, and Present Tense Dance Company.

Katherine Marino
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