Master Classes & Residencies

Master Classes and Residencies at The Carver are designed to make the artists we present each season more accessible to the community. Educational opportunities abound, from simply learning more about the artist’s work, to demonstrations and workshops held on site and at public schools around San Antonio.
Master Class 1: Carpetbag Theatre
Date: November 2-8, 2014

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969, is a professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community. During their weeklong residency CBT will conduct story circles, digital storytelling workshops and other outreach activities with veterans, active military and the larger community. The week will culminate in the performances of the original theatrical work. Speed Killed My Cousin.

Master Class 2: Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Date: February 21, 2015 at 11am – 12pm

Over the past twenty years, COMPLEXIONS has awed audiences with a mix of styles and cultures that was created to combine a new idea of human movement and exciting vision. The companies’ vision is that dance should be about removing boundaries and not reinforcing traditions of a single style, period, venue or culture. Complexions will reflect the movement of the world and all its constituent cultures as a connected whole and not a separate being.

Experienced dancers are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Complexions has requested that dancers not wear baggy clothing. Participants should wear ballet or jazz shoes.

Master Class 3: Jazz Reach
Date: May 18, 2015 at 6:00pm

Established in 1994, JazzReach is a nationally recognized New York city-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music. Through the presentation of innovative, widely acclaimed live multi-media educational programs for young audiences, captivating main-stage concerts for general audiences and informative clinics and master-classes for student musicians and ensembles, JazzReach is steadfastly dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of this rich, vital, ever-evolving American art form. Their dynamic, innovative programs have triumphantly served over 255,000 young people nationwide in partnership with many of America’s most prominent performing arts presenters.

Carver Community Cultural Center is a NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: