Performing Arts Director
Judah Buxton, BA in Theater Arts with an emphasis on Children's Theater
Judah Buxton, Performing Arts Director, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from San Diego State University. Judah is an experienced and talented performing artist; character actor, mime, magician, puppeteer, and balloon artist. In addition, over the past 20 years he has produced and directed many theatrical productions as well as designed and engineered sound and lighting for community theater venues such as the Coronado Playhouse, St. Cecilia's Playhouse, and the Adam's Avenue Theater.
Early Involvement in the Arts
Judah began his journey as a performing artist at a young age. When he was in first grade his parents took him to see a high school production of Brigadoon. This experience altered the course of his life; he was in awe of this newly discovered art form. He had never been exposed to big stage theatrical productions, full of stage lights, scenery, theatrical smoke, live singing, etc. From the moment that Judah had this remarkable encounter with a major production, he desired to be in involved in the arts. From then on he tried out for every theater art production available. When he was in fifth grade he wrote his first play and performed it for his school. During eighth grade he began taking drama classes at his school. From ninth to twelfth grade he toured with his high school drama department performing children's theater. All through high school Judah took every theater class offered and constantly performed in plays and children's theater. In college, Judah discovered an abundance of theater classes and eventually earned his BA in Theater Arts. His love for theater inspired him to write, produce, and direct a large body of original works including poetry and plays.
Performing Artist in the Public Schools
Judah is a co-founder of Imagination Express, a non-profit theater organization which is a preferred Arts Partner with the San Diego Office of Education. Through Imagination Express, Judah has performed in every school district in San Diego County and many districts in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Working in public schools keeps him on the cutting edge of the arts requirements and California State Standards for the Arts in Education. Furthermore, Judah has performed in Circus Camps and Conventions where he has won a number of medals for his performances.
From 1997 through 2009, Judah was the Artistic Director for the drama program at Centers of Learning By-The-Sea, a 7th-12 grade school in the Sweetwater School District, San Diego, California, wherein he directed numerous children's plays including, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, Pirates of Penzance, The Just So Stories, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, and Charlotte's Web, and many others. In addition, he wrote, directed, and produced three original children's plays which toured throughout San Diego County at a variety of schools and clubs. As a side note, under Judah's training and guidance many of his students went on to perform in adult-level community theater.
Judah also directed Christian community theater productions as an extension of Centers of Learning By-The-Sea, including original musical plays derived from biblical characters such as Abraham, Nehemiah, and Daniel; additionally covering a very successful run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Additionally, Judah directed several well-known adult community theater productions such as The Human Comedy, Our Town, Ann of Green Gables, A Grand Night for Singing, and an original, The Irish Play.
In 2005, Judah founded Creative Entertainment, a professional entertainment and performing arts company that provides a variety of children's entertainment services for the San Diego Padres, Corvette Diner, and many private and corporate party entertainment venues. Some of the services provided by Creative Entertainment include magic, mime, and puppet shows; thematic character appearances; singing telegrams; balloon art; and face painting.
"Imagination is Boundless"
Judah believes that imagination is boundless. He has discovered that a life lived in the arts means that you don't have to "grow up," in the truest tradition of a Peter Pan mentality; responsible, but still enjoying and seeing life through the eyes of a child's vivid imagination - always learning and discovering while engaging in serious fun. Because imagination is truly boundless, and art with it's various crafts and disciplines is imagination's expression, there are endless possibilities for children who participate in learning through the Arts.
For more information, please follow the hotlink to Creative Entertainment.
"I believe arts education in music, theater, dance, and the visual arts is one of the most creative ways we have to find the gold that is buried just beneath the surface. The (children) have an enthusiasm for life, a spark of creativity, and vivid imaginations that need training - training that prepares them to become confident young men and women." --- Richard W. Riley, Former US Secretary of Education