Look Up! Music & Creative Arts is a faith filled celebration of life through music and theatre arts integration.
“The aim of our instruction is love with a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith.” (1Tim1:5)
Educating Children in the Creative Arts: Teaching without allowing children to lose anything of the joy of innocence.
Fleur is devoted to enriching the lives of children through the creative arts, having worked with children for over 30 years. At the age of 15 when, after attending The Reeder School in Ft. Worth, Texas (a renowned acting, movement and painting school for children that specialized in worldwide classics and helmed by Flora Blanc Reeder), she was apprenticed as a student teacher. She has taught after-school enrichment programs in the areas of musical theatre and improvisation, served as choreographer and dance captain professionally as well as guest instructor the HELP School (LA), and has directed many youth productions of musicals and shakespeare. In addition, she served as performance and vocal coach to aspiring young pop and Broadway stars (tweens, teens, and young adults) at the Hollywood Pop Academy in Los Angeles. In 2011, Fleur founded Creative Dramatics with Fleur; classes for children in improv and musical theatre where she taught in both New York and Austin, TX. From 2010, Fleur became widely known in Manhattan’s upper east and west side as a Certified Early Childhood Music Specialist leading hundreds of families with infants as young as 6 weeks up to age eight years. Fleur is known also as a “teacher’s teacher” training and mentoring those called to teach and direct in music and arts education.
In addition, Fleur has spent many years spiritually supporting mothers, with special emphasis on supporting single mothers as well as those called to serve in the world of the arts.
Fleur has spent most of her life as a professional actor and singer whose resume spans work across New York, Los Angeles, London and many regional theaters throughout the country. Beginning as a child actor at the age of 4, she studied all forms of dance, theatre, and art graduating from from Southern Methodist University (BFA; specialization in acting), and later the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in their specialization program: Acting Shakespeare.
Having worked on and off Broadway, she has had the good fortune to share the stage with Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Scapin), Emmy award winner Andre De Shields (Gulliver), Stephen Tobolowsky (Heartbreak House), Kathleen Chalfant (Whistler’s Mummy), as well as Petula Clark & David Cassidy (Blood Brothers).
In the recording studio, she has worked on countless new musicals including the Sweet Potato Queens written by Grammy Award winner, Melissa Manchester. In addition, she has originated several roles in new plays-in-development in the New York and Los Angeles theatre arenas (Playwrights Horizons, York Theatre Company, Sacred Fools) as well as performed regionally in plays and musicals at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and many more. Most recently, Fleur was seen as Lizzie in the Blackfriars Repertory/Storm Theatre production of The Rainmaker (NYC Sheen Center), the New York world premieres of The Fight and Deconstruction by Jonathan Leaf (Storm Theatre) and was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Short Subject Play for her portrayal of Paula in Between Men (Midtown International Theatre Festival). While in LA her Film and TV credits grew to include Strong Medicine, Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NY), Yellow, Labels, Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday, and Mr. Pleasant to name a few.
Fleur is a playwright/composer and has written a one-woman musical, Who’s My Girl, which had readings in New York and Los Angeles. Currently in development is a full-length rock opera called Hushabye based on her childhood and finding out her eldest sister was really her mother. For more information about Fleur and to read the Hushabye Blog go to fleuralysdobbins.com.
Fleur is the Associate Artistic Director of the Storm Theatre Company (an Off-Broadway theatre company founded in 1997 by her husband, Artistic Director Peter Dobbins, dedicated to “Making the world more beautiful; one play at a time.”)
Look Up! Music and Creative Arts is based in Yardley, PA. Mrs. Dobbins has received legal clearances from the state of Pennsylvania to work with children.
As composer, arranger, orchestrator, performer and conductor Doug Walter has stayed busy wearing a variety of musical hats. Playing keyboards and woodwinds, he has shared the stage with artists as diverse as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Sting, Michael McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Jason Mraz, Roberta Flack, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend, among many others. His experiences as pianist/music director have included performing and arranging for Paul Williams, Connie Francis, Suzanne Somers, Rita Moreno, Michael Feinstein and Carol Burnett. Doug’s compositions, arrangements and orchestrations have been extensively performed live as well as on records and television and in movies, including talk shows hosted by Suzanne Somers and Howie Mandel, daytime shows The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as in the animated features The Snow Queen, The Snow Queen’s Revenge and The Ugly Duckling, and, more recently, in the Disney movies The Muppets; A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa, and Muppets Most Wanted. Doug has recently orchestrated Harmony, a new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, as well as I Only Have Eyes For You. He also conducted his own orchestrations on Daft Punk’s CD Random Access Memories, which was awarded the Grammy for album of the year.