I formed Walsh Productions LLC in January 2014. I opened for classes in the fall of 2014.
I started my business for a lot of reasons but the first of which was really finding what I was passionate about, what I’m trained in, that I could turn into a career and still have the flexibility of making the most of the time I have with my own children. I also saw that Carroll is a place where people like to provide every opportunity for their own children to grow and thrive in activities that they truly enjoy and those are the students that have become my “regulars”. Kids that have tried a lot of different things but theatre is fun, challenging and feels like home to them. They keep taking classes every year.
A good candidate is anyone, age 4 to adult who wants to take weekly acting classes. I also offer some workshops for adults on occasion. There is no such thing as the “typical” student, though. I would say 75% of my students are kids who are more shy and need to work on some confidence in their communication with others. The rest are your stereotype very theatrical types. But when classes form, it takes a very short amount of time for them to all become a little family with each other and so much growth happens, it’s pretty fun to watch.
Sonia Cuvelier-Walsh began an interest in theatre as a youth in Cedar Falls, Iowa. As a part of the gifted program at her elementary school, she was afforded the opportunity to attend college classes geared toward children’s theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. After a successful high school theatre run, she later became a Theatre major at UNI and in turn, worked with elementary children as a college student. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre 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 theatre education.
Sonia spent her immediate post college years raising a family but remaining active in theatre whenever and wherever possible. She is a past President and board member of Carroll Community Theatre, the highlight of which was directing “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.
Sonia opened Serendipity Acting Studio in 2014 teaching children from around the Carroll area. She also is Head Drama and Asst. Speech Coach at Carroll High School, directing “9 to 5”, “Harvey” and “Schoolhouse Rock” and coaching many students on to All-State level competition. Sonia serves on the Board of Directors for Theatre UNI and enjoys the opportunity to keep up to date on the latest in theatre education at the college level and identifying deserving scholarship students.
Sonia has had agency representation in both the Des Moines and Omaha markets, doing acting and modeling work since 2000, 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 City and beyond to research the latest happenings with the Broadway scene, taking classes, and staying current with what is going on in theatre trends and education.
She enjoys seeing her acting students themselves begin to get professional acting work using the skills they have learned at the studio. Sonia is well connected with dozens of talented folks in television, film, and theatre…many of whom have Iowa roots. Sonia has had students go on to pursue careers in the industry on both coasts and stays up to date on their progress.
Sonia knows that children with a passion for theatre can carry that with them for the rest of their lives. She has been proud to coach and mentor many Carroll-area theatre students over the past years and watch their theatre path unfold in venues across the country.
Sonia Cuvelier Walsh has many years experience working with children. She has that combined with her knowledge and love of the theater which makes her the perfect person to teach drama to kids of all ages. If you want to expose your child to the magic of theater, the art of performing, to help them gain self-confidence and have a great time while doing it, then Serendipity Acting Studio definitely is the place to be!
“ Acting - it’s sort of like advanced pretend. ”Jeff Bridges
“ Without acting I cannot breathe. ”Sir Laurence Olivier
“ Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found. ”Clare Danes
“ The thing about performance, even if its only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we contain within ourselves infinite possibilities. ”Daniel Day Lewis
“ Acting touches nerves you have absolutely no control over. ”Alan Rickman
“ I found the theatre and I found my home. ”Audra McDonald
“ Sometimes you can have the smallest role in the smallest productions and still have the biggest impact. ”Neil Patrick Harris
“ One of the things about acting is it allows you to live other people’s lives with paying the price. ”Robert DeNiro
“ I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being ”Oscar Wilde
“ Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there. ”Meryl Streep
“ Good morning. You are perfectly cast in your life. I can’t imagine anyone but you in the role. Go play. ”Lin-Manuel Miranda
“ Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances ”Stanford Meisner
“ The best actors instinctively feel out what other actors need, and they just accommodate it. ”Christopher Nolan
“ Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art. ”Konstantin Stanislavsky