Stetson University


Important information:

  • Ages: Grades 4 through 9
  • Dates: June 23 through July 2
  • Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Cost: $350
  • Location: DeLand Campus
  • Contact: Boundless Learning at 386-822-7369

Ten Item Tales - Grow Your Own Play

Participants will begin the experience by using creative writing techniques to create a story based on a collection of ten random items. After writing the stories, the participants will then, using creative writing and creative dramatics, turn the narratives into scripts to be performed as skits in a culminating showcase. The elements of drama, improvisation, and creativity will be highlighted and all participants can experience the thrill of taking a journey of imagination that ends in a 3-D presentation! Students must be willing to write and perform.


Andrea Finkle

Andrea Finkle is a middle school language arts teacher at Southwestern Middle School with a strong background in theater. A Stetson University graduate who majored in English and minored in theatre arts, Finkle has done at least one play a year since she was five years old. She spent many years with the Storybook Theater Company performing for students throughout Volusia County and she has been active in the local community theater scene for more than twenty years.

David Finkle

David Finkle is a veteran language arts teacher and former Volusia County Schools County Teacher of the Year, who also happens to be the cartoonist behind the Mr. Fitz comic strip celebrating 14 years in the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Finkle is also a frequent performer in community theatre, and he, not so coincidentally, is a Stetson University graduate who majored in English and minored theater arts. He also has been an instructor for Stetson University's HATS program since its inception.

Darlene J. Stewart

Darlene J. Stewart is the drama teacher at Ivy Hawn Charter School of the Arts. Stewart has a long history of theater leadership in the DeLand area. She was the artistic director of Storybook Theater Company (now Sands Youth Theatre) from 1997 to 2008. Prior to assuming the artistic directorship of Storybook, she served as the education director from 1995 to 1997. Before relocating to the Central Florida area, she was the education director at Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater from 1990 to 1995. She has long been a supporter and creator of youth and children's theater and has worked with various companies in the area including Gateway Center of the Arts, New Smyrna Beach Little Theater's wonderland program, Civic Theater (now Orlando Repertory Theatre), Orlando Children's Repertory Theater and Orlando Youth Theater. Stewart holds a M.A. in directing from Northwestern University and a B.A. in theater from the University of Dayton. She is an accomplished playwright and storyteller.


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