Sonia Walsh opening Carroll acting studio
May 9, 2014
About Sonia Walsh
Sonia Cuvelier Walsh began an interest in theater as a youth in Cedar Falls. As a part of the gifted program at her elementary school, she was afforded the opportunity to attend college classes geared toward children's theater at the University of Northern Iowa. After a successful high school theater run, she later became a theater major at UNI and in turn, worked with those same children as a college student. She received her bachelor's degree in theater arts: Acting emphasis in 1994 along with training in ballet, tap, jazz, voice and movement. In addition, she added a heavy rotation of both costuming and design coursework as well as youth theater education.
Sonia spent her immediate post-college years raising a family but remaining active in theater whenever and wherever possible. She is a past president and board member of Carroll Community Theater, the highlight of which was directing "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown".
Sonia has had agency representation in both the Des Moines and Omaha markets, doing acting and modeling work for the past 14 years, including national campaign advertising and feature films. She spent two seasons as the co-host of "Metro Woman" on ABC. She also travels extensively to New York to research the latest happenings with the Broadway scene, taking classes, and staying current with what is going on in theater trends and education.
Sonia is well-connected with dozens of talented folks in television, film and theater ... many of whom have Iowa roots. Sonia knows that children with a passion for theater can carry that with them for the rest of their lives. She has been proud to coach and mentor many Carroll-area theater students over the past years and watch their theater path unfold in venues across the country.
Sonia Walsh, a Carroll educator and actor with a resume of commercial and dramatic work, has announced plans to open a private acting studio for children and adults.
Classes will start in September at Serendipity Acting Studio, which will be located on the west side of the Carroll Depot Business Center in about 2,000 square feet of remodeled space.
Walsh, 42, a substitute teacher at Carroll High School and Carroll Middle School, said she will begin regular hours in the studio, located just to the south of the Spring Valley Verizon store, in July. The studio will be clearly marked with signs.
"There's not something like this for a student who is more dramatically inclined," Walsh said.
Walsh said classes will be available for children in prekindergarten as well as adults.
"Everything will be age-appropriate," Walsh said.
Walsh and her husband, Chuck, have four children: Hastings, 18, a Carroll High School senior who will be attending the University of Northern Iowa; Zach, 15, a freshman at Carroll High School; Sammie, 11, a sixth-grader; and Emersyn, 10, a fourth-grader.
Information on classes at the acting studio can be found on the facility's website - www.serendipity-studio.net.
Walsh said the studio will be able to accommodate up to 190 students. She expects a strong regional draw.
"I really just think kids need an outlet to be creative," Walsh said.
Walsh said the studio will allow students to improve communication skills. What's more, highly talented students will have opportunities to pursue professional work through Walsh's connections in the industry, whether more locally in Des Moines and Omaha, Nebraska, or on the coasts.
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