Around Town: Lights, cameras, action – Newark offers arts program

By Barry Carter | The Star-Ledger
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on January 22, 2015

Acting is one of three performing arts workshops the city of Newark is offering to residents ages 16-21. The other workshops are photography and music.

 

So, you think you have what it takes for the big screen, maybe Broadway or television?

What about big-time photography or a career in the music business?

Beginning Saturday, the city of Newark is offering classes in acting, photography and music for residents ages 16-21, said Norma Gonzalez, deputy director of Newark One Stop Career Center.

The acting and photography class is at 10 a.m. at Symphony Hall and runs until Feb. 4. The music workshop starts Feb. 14, at 500 Broad St.

Gonzalez said the acting class, which is for beginners and intermediate levels, will be taught by JD Williams, an actor who graduated from Arts High School in Newark. He has 18 years of experience and has had roles in HBO’s television series, “The Wire,’’ “Oz,” “Crime,” “The Good Wife,” “Law and Order” and “Homicide.”

The photography workshop will be taught by Brett Melius, an industry veteran who will show students how to use natural and studio lighting, and take properly exposed photographs. The class will also visit art galleries and take pictures in the city.

Gonzalez said participants in the music workshop will learn from rapper Rah Digga, a Newark native, and Peter Hadar, a Newark resident, singer, songwriter and producer. The workshop opens with an introduction to music, then covers other topics such as the history of hip-hop, the recording process, branding and building an image.

For more information, call the Newark Youth One-Stop Career Center at 973-273-6063. Space is limited.

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