Finance Workshop for Artists

A Z Artist Event

April 17, 2024



In this workshop, Jonathan addresses financial essentials for freelance artists, including debt management, tax issues, and how best to plan for surviving a freelance career.


FREE FOR ARTIST MEMBERS, $10 for public entry. 

Jonathan McCormick is a seasoned Tax Manager with over 18 years of experience in the field of taxation, specializing in individual and small business taxes, rental real estate, and capital gain transactions. A graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a degree in Managerial Economics & Finance, Jonathan has been an invaluable asset to Stewart & Company since joining in June of 2022.

Born and raised in the vibrant city of Virginia Beach, Jonathan brings a deep understanding of local dynamics to his work. His passion for helping individuals and small businesses navigate the complexities of taxation has made him a trusted advisor in the financial realm.

Beyond the numbers, Jonathan finds joy in the harmony of family life. He loves spending quality time with his wife and four children, often embarking on impromptu road trips that create lasting memories. In addition to his financial prowess, Jonathan is also a dedicated musician with a particular fondness for Musical Theatre. His theatrical journey includes performances and musical direction of productions at renowned local theaters including Busch Gardens, Virginia Wesleyan University, and Virginia Musical Theatre, among others.

In both his professional and personal pursuits, Jonathan McCormick brings a unique blend of financial expertise, family values, and artistic flair, making him a standout individual in both the financial and creative realms.

Meet Me at The Z: Arts Mixer

A Z Artist Event

August 28, 2023



Meet your fellow artists at The Z for a night of networking, giveaways, and great food from Nando's! Learn about ways to audition at local theaters, tools to share your arts news with the community, and win prizes and free tickets from arts groups across the 757. FREE and open to all performers, creators, artists, and arts leaders! Artist Member Events: The Z Artists and local art-lovers are invited to this series of interactive workshops, Master Classes, and social hours aimed at cultivating creativity and community! Your creative spark starts here! BECOME A Z ARTIST HERE

MASTER CLASS: Grant Writing

A Z Artist Event

February 15, 2023


Studio Theater

Fund your arts career throught grants! Learn the ins and outs of the application process from those well-versed in the process: Hillary Plate & Rita Cohen.

WORKSHOP: Artist Self Care

A Z Artist Event

June 21, 2023


Studio Theater

Time to care for yourself! As artists we are especially vulnerable and need to carve out time for our emotional and mental well being. Join us as Lynn Gilbert, creator of Sounds of Evensong, an immersive sound and vibration healing practice, leads a healing vibration session for us to experience together. Then learn about the programs and resources supporting mental health available through NAMI Coastal Virginia (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Masterclass: Devised Theater

A Z Artist Event

April 19, 2023


Studio Theater

Join accomplished actress, published playwright and ODU Assistant Theater Professor, Brittney Harris, as she shares her insights and expertise about Devised Theater and all the ways it can help us talk about the important issues of our time. Devised Theater: A method of theater-making in which the script originates from collaborative, often improvisatory work by a performing ensemble.


Brittney S. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Theatre in the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University. Her areas of expertise are in Race and Performance, Performance as Activism, and Community-Engaged Devised Theatre. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting with an emphasis in Cultural Enrichment from the University of Georgia. As an artist and educator, her approach to creativity centers on providing a sacred space for discovery, exploration, and individuality.

Brittney’s works survey the adverse effects of vicarious trauma from social media on the personal psyche and how narrative-based storytelling is used as a vessel for social resilience and redemption. Specific topics explored, but not limited to, are Racial Injustice, Mental Health Awareness, Gender Equality, and Domestic Violence Awareness. Her works have been featured at several national interdisciplinary conferences and fringe festivals, including the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference (ATHE), National Women’s Theatre Festival, and Black Theatre Network.

Most recent featured directed performances/programming include Silhouettes: Cut to Black, The Kara Walker Project (ROUGE Productions and VA MOCA); Exodus: Homecoming VA (The InHEIRitance Project); The Hidden History of the Banjo (Zeiders American Dream Theater); Intimate Apparel (ODURep Theatre) and created/devised TAG! You’re It!, Symptomatic: IRL and Echoes: Transcending Through Story for the ODURep Theatre Mainstage season. Currently, she is workshopping and touring her three solo performance projects, Pedigree, The Intersection: The Sandra Bland Project and Being B.A.D.; each project assessing how narratives of resilience are archived, shared, remembered, and incite a dialogue in promoting social reform and change.

Free with Z artist membership; $10 suggested donation for non-members