HAPPY 2022 ONE AND ALL!
WELCOME TO MY HOME PAGE – NEW DIRECTIONS POST PANDEMIC
When the Covid pandemic hit in 2020, just about all aspects of my career, including performance, touring, and education had to be cancelled or put on hold. Fortunately (for me) it presented the wonderful opportunity to provide care for my grandson (now just turned 3, as you can see in the photo), as his mother was about to return to work. It was during this time that I began to realize that once the pandemic was over, it was time for me to stay closer to home and re-engage with the educational community here in Victoria and Vancouver Island. I thank my little George for being my guide and companion thru these hard times, and for the inspiration to carry on working with the very young once he starts his new phase of going to daycare and eventually preschool.
ANNOUNCEMENT! I am now certified as a RESPONSIBLE ADULT!
This new designation (and I made it before my 65th birthday!) allows me to work in daycares, preschools and before/after school programs. As well as the various tasks already in place in these programs, I’m also available to bring extra resources including music, storytelling, dance and drama to the classroom, whether it is inside or outdoors. Please call 250-634-3580 or email hellmans(at)telus.net for more information.
ARTSTARTS ARTIST IN THE CLASSROOM DIRECTORY 2022-23
As part of the ArtStarts Artist in the Classroom Directory, I am fully vetted (including a provincial 5-yr Criminal Record Check) by the BC Arts Council to design and implement short and long term residencies for Grades K – 12, with a particular focus on enhancing English Language Arts through storytelling, playmaking, and even Shakespeare! Together with stakeholders, I steer the process from applying for a grant (on the school’s behalf) through to planning and implementation. Please visit my page on the ArtStarts web site: https://artstarts.com/artist-profile/mark-hellman
SHORT TERM PROJECTS: up to $5000
LONG TERM PROJECTS: up to $10,000
For more of my background in Arts, Education, and Community Development please click on the following links (or use the Applied Arts drop down menu above):
While pursuing the projects and opportunities above, the long, slow process of rebuilding a touring network for PETE SEEGER’S THE INCOMPLEAT FOLKSINGER will begin. Plans are in place to start small and relatively local in scope (with occasional shows in communities on Vancouver Island and the BC Interior), while forging new contacts in Eastern Canada and the U.S. STAY TUNED!
IF YOU HAVE ANY LEADS, OR WOULD LIKE TO BOOK THE SHOW, GO TO MY CONTACT PAGE AND GET IN TOUCH!
***FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ‘Pete Seeger’s The Incompleat Folksinger’, please go to the CURRENTLY page.***
SHORT PROMO VIDEO
THE WORKING LIFE OF A FREELANCE ACTOR 2018-20
This site also features:
- a detailed history of 40 years in the performing arts, education and community service,
- detailed resumes for Performance, and Directing and Indpendent Production
- photos, videos, reviews and testimonials
I ALSO HAVE SOME SELECTIONS OF MUSIC ON SOUNDCLOUD
(Listen to music while checking out the rest of the web site.)