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Our Story

At Bloom Performing Arts we combine acting, public speaking, debate, improvisation, creative movement, and critical thinking to form a one-of-a-kind performance practice that strengthens imagination, builds self-confidence, and awakens the artist within.

 

In order to bloom over time, we’ve created the Imagine Series: 9 signature performing arts classes for preschoolers to 8th graders.

 

 

 

 

Each class is designed to bloom our students into a higher level of performative work. In our popular ‘Imagine Storytelling’ and ‘Imagine Acting’ class we act out classic children’s fables and fairytales on stage with one-of-a-kind adaptations.

Bloom Performing Arts programs are rooted in Social Emotional Learning. Through interest exploration, goal management, and peer-to-peer engagement, our classes provide a safe space for students to explore, dream, and strengthen their imagination. Students set personal acting goals at the beginning of the semester and learn to work as an ensemble, practicing collaboration and collective problem-solving. 

 

While we strive to help our students foster bravery and build self-confidence through SEL, we also use creative dramatics to help students strengthen their reading comprehension and fluency, all while having fun! In addition to supporting our students with language, our improvisational games help our students to practice presence and groundedness. In return, our games aid in calming the nervous system and reducing anxiety.

Lastly, BPA's programs are deeply influenced by Viola Spolin, who is widely considered the "mother of improvisational theater". Born in Chicago in 1906, Viola Spolin was an educator, performer, and innovator of theater arts. Spolin designed her theater games to make actors feel grounded and safe in the present moment. Many of her improvisational exercises encourage freedom of expression and discourage self-consciousness, thus enabling actors to fearlessly explore and invent onstage.

Bloom Performing Arts classes are currently running in private school after-school programs throughout New York City, Northern New Jersey, Greenwich, Connecticut, and Savannah, Georgia.

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About Ashley

Ashley Morgan Bloom is a professional actress, a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and the founder and CEO of Bloom Performing Arts. Graduating from the University of Richmond with a Dual BA in Rhetoric & Communications and Theatre, Ashley has taught improvisation, acting, public speaking, creative movement, and speech & debate in New York City’s top private schools for the past ten years.

 

In Ashley's acting work, she played a supporting role in a Sundance official selection film, was a New York Times top ten show leading actress, and most recently played Reporter Ainsley Neil in the feature film "The Final Hour," starring Eric Roberts, Clifton Powell, and Manny Perez. In 2022, Ashley made her Guest Star debut on Law & Order SVU, Season 21. In the past year, Ashley has been pinned for the TV Show "New Amsterdam" 5 times. Lastly, keep your eyes peeled for Ashley in a national DraftKings commercial with famous baseball star, Big Papi! Get ready to laugh! 

To learn more about Ashley’s acting work, visit ashleymorganbloom.com

To inquire about programming, contact Ashley at ashley@bloomperformingarts.com.

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