Sina Skates

Librettist Playwright Lyricist

With over 20 years of ballet, theatre, movement, improvisation, choreography, performing, and teaching experience, Sina brings a unique and creative approach to dance, movement, and writing. Professionally trained with the Royal Academy of Dance, with an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University, two Master’s degrees and a Doctorate, Sina has inspired thousands of students over the years in the studio setting. She is also an accomplished writer and playwright, writing mostly Theatre for Young Audiences. She has special training in improvisation, clowning, musical theatre, and writing for performance. Her professionally produced, commissioned works have been seen by 10’s of thousands of children, parents, and educators across the Southeastern United States; they are: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Little Miss Muffet and the Lost Sheep, and Robin Hood. Her adult produced works include Late, a one-act farce. She has also written two puppet shows for YouTube (links below) and two Zoom centered interactive comedies for children. Her enthusiastic, joyful, and heart-centered teaching approach is unmatched for its creativity, attention to detail, teaching to the individual student, and keeping to a high level of professional standard through her active involvement with the Royal Academy and the Dramatists Guild of America. Sina has previously taught a playwriting course for the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She currently lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband, 3 children, 3 cats, and a ferret named Jerry.  


Produced Works:

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (45 minutes, one-act musical, TYA, 4 actors: 2 M, 2 F)
Little Miss Muffet and the Lost Sheep (45 minutes, one-act musical, TYA, 4 actors: 2 M, 2 F)
Robin Hood (60 minutes, one-act, TYA, 6-8 actors)

Late (35 minutes, one-act farce, 4 actors: 2 M, 2 F) 

Science is Fun (10 minutes, puppet show 1 actor, any gender)
Evy & the Pirates (10 minutes, puppet show 1 actor, any gender)

E.L.V.E.S. the experience (50 minutes, interactive, live Zoom show, with scavenger hunt where children must help the ELVES save Christmas - 2 actors, any gender)

E.L.V.E.S the experience 2.0 (50 minutes, interactive, live Zoom show, with scavenger hunt where children must help the ELVES save Christmas, again! - 2 actors, any gender)