Cara Pollard

Owner, Creator, & Teacher

Cara Pollard’s passion is working with children and families in many capacities. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice from Indiana University. She minored in Psychology and English. She has been working with families in the Chicago land area by teaching music and movement classes, theater, and preparatory preschool for many years. She enjoyed taking these classes with her own three children. She witnessed their musical interest, social interaction, and confidence soar after being exposed to such programs. She formed some of her family’s best friendships while learning with them through music and movement classes. She taught classes at Sing n’ Dance, Bubbles and Toddler Exploration!. She also enjoyed teaching and serving as President on the Board of Directors for Lil’ Buds Theater Company for 5 years. She chaired The Family Advisory Board for Old St. Patrick’s Church and worked with family parishioners in many capacities by facilitating service projects, adoption groups, social events and taught participation in Family Mass. She co-chaired The Parents at the Heart Committee at Frances Xavier Warde School. She still serves as a representative where she brings families together during special times, both celebratory and tragic, and fun and meaningful. She graduated from  the Parent Coach Institute, where she, obtained a  master's parent coach certification.  She loves bringing parents and children together by music, movement, and art as well as enhancing each of their family's journey by bringing joy, enthusiasm, love and laughter to them.  

 

Teaching Artists


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Addison Clearwood: Lead Teacher/Manager

Addison has been exploring, creating, and learning through art/music her whole life! As a little one, Addison went to Preschool of the Arts in Madison, WI where she discovered her joy for singing and performing at a very young age. One of her earliest memories is taking music class with Mary Poppins herself (the music teacher at Preschool of the Arts used to dress up as her to teach class)! Having had an early education in art/music, Addison can not thank her parents enough for encouraging her creativity. Continuing in her path to connect learning with arts, Addison earned her BFA in Musical Theatre, Acting/Directing, and minored in Dance. Her greatest joy in life is being able to freely express her goofiness and let her silliness loose. With her years of childcare experience, Addison has been able to spark the creativity bug in other little ones. Letting children explore and create, be goofy and expressive, sing loud and proud, and be truly and fully themselves is Addison’s teaching philosophy! When not teaching, she can be found performing, stitching up a storm, or reading with a cup of coffee in hand.

 

George Cedarquist: Music Teacher

A singer, musician and actor from an early age, George has taught music and theater to students from pre-kindergarten through college.  After three years traveling with his wife and two children to Germany, Michigan and Pittsburgh (taking early childhood music classes wherever they went!), they have happily returned to Chicago. George teaches early childhood music at a number of organizations, daycares and schools, bringing serious silliness to his music-making with kids and grown-ups alike.  George holds a BA in English and Theatre from Yale and an MFA in Theatre and Opera Directing from Northwestern.  His favorite color is red.

 
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Arne Parrott: Music Teacher

Arne began playing and writing music early in his life when he realized that he just wasn’t quite cool enough for sports. Since graduating with an astonishingly uncool BA in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, he has written and arranged music for (some incredibly cool) theatre companies, dance companies, and sketch groups in the greater Chicago area. He performs a solo music comedy show at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, and he is currently the Artistic Director of Suitcase Shakespeare. He moved to Chicago in 2011, and has spent a bunch of time staring out the window with his hands on his hips wondering if he made the right call. Email him at arne@awayweplaychicago.com