Stages Education | Experience the Joy of the Arts, Owosso Community Players Performing Arts Education

 Next Session Begins April 8, 2019 – Check back for details!

The Owosso Community Players, with the support of the Cook Family Foundation, is realizing its vision of bringing performing arts education in its many disciplines to the greater Shiawassee region.  At OCP, we believe that immersion in the arts fosters confidence, creative problem-solving skills, and a healthy self-image.

Our new Performing Arts Program is now year-round and will be split into three 6-week “terms”, plus Summer Camps.  It is our hope to engage students from kindergarten through adulthood every term, with workshop times varying from after school into early evening, and on Saturdays.


Meet Our Professionals

Mark Shaheen

Mark retired from East Lansing High School where he was Director of Theater and an English teacher. Most recently, he has taught arts integration and children’s literature classes at Baker College.  Mark has been in four OCP productions including Calendar Girls and The Full Monty. He is currently the education coordinator for OCP and is excited about the possibilities this position holds. Mark will be teaching acting this Fall for high school students.

Erica Duffield

Erica Duffield is a professional dance instructor and choreographer. After traveling the world performing on cruise ships, Duffield now teaches dance and serves as a frequent choreographer for OCP.

Julie Wenzlick

Owosso children’s author Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher and veteran OCP performer.  After years of writing poems and songs, she finally found time to publish her first children’s book in 2016. She naturally wrote a song to go with it!  From there, she created a song or chant for each rhymed story in order to get students to interact with her tales.  She has presented her stories and songs to students in seven school districts.  Visit her website:

Mistie Jordan

Mistie Jordan is best know for her design and creation of fairy tale creatures that once were humans, including theatrical costumes for ShrekThe Addams FamilyThe Little Mermaid and her favorite show ever, Peter and the Starcatcher.

She has been part of the theater since the ripe old age of 5, when she lost her hat and invented her own curtsy. Realizing she would never be a dancer after all (who really knows at 5 anyway), she went to college and began working as a professional scenic painter, continued as a professional clown, and became a full-time creative production designer/manager. Mistie has collaborated in over 485 theatrical productions.