Sandbox Studios

Introducing the Sandbox Studios, exclusively under the umbrella of illuminate. In this space, students will be given the opportunity to create original works, using music, film, acting, writing, graphic design – any gift they want to bring to the space. With each workshop, an original piece will be produced using all of these elements! Students will be coached by professionals in their field as they collaborate together to create an original masterpiece.

Our first experiment with this concept was in February, 2020, just a few weeks before everyone went into lockdown due to the arrival of Covid-19. Now, a year later, we are bringing the Sandbox back. This year, the theme will be centered on what we have all walked through together: social distancing and quarantining, disrupted connections and glitchy virtual life. How do we connect without connecting?

Our next Sandbox Studio event is TBD…

The Sandbox Studios Format

Students will register as actors, musicians, writers, or filmmakers. Graphic Design may also be an option (pending coach availability). Breaks will be given throughout, but aren’t listed in the schedule.

  • 1:00-1:10: Arrival and Welcome
  • 1:15-2:15: Coaching sessions in Acting, Media, Music
  • 2:15-3:15: Putting it all together
  • 3:15-3:45: Filming the final piece
  • 3:45-4:00: wrap up and dismiss

Meet The Coaches

Ray Santos: Music/Film

Although he did not grow up in a musical family and only started playing piano at age 17, Ray has performed in about a dozen orchestras and has directed about 10. He started a film/videography business in 2017 and since then has worked with clients like the UFC, Progressive Auto Insurance, and has won several film festivals. 

Brian Arnold: Film/Photography

Since graduating from Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2012, he’s been an “I shoot everything” kind of photographer, dabbling into portraiture, products, family, pets, and much more.

Jennifer Keating Roca: Acting/Directing

Click here to read more about Miss Jen! Other coaches and instructors to be introduced TBD.

Please note that due to the ongoing pandemic, we will not be using SINGING or any instruments that involve the mouth, such as woodwinds and brass instruments. Thank you for understanding!

Check out last year’s Beta Test of the Sandbox Studio

Click here to register (you will be brought to our “Event” Ticketing site, where you may need to register to proceed with payment.

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