Teaching Artist

Early in my teaching career I was part of a nationally recognized teaching artist organization in Chicago called Gallery 37. This formative training in becoming a teaching artist gave me the tools to teach young people and teachers about and through the arts. The training and experience that I received in Chicago provided the foundation of what has now become a personal passion toward the implementation of arts-focused or arts-integrated lessons in theatre with students and teachers outside of the university community. I have been an active part of several exceptional Teaching Artist agencies through the years: Inside Broadway, Arts are Basic, and the Kennedy Center Partners in Education. These affiliations have allowed me to work with public school teachers to further the cause of integrating art-based lessons and the creation of the arts-integrated classroom. I see my role in this work as imperative given the current lack of support of the arts in the public education system.

As a teacher I feel my philosophy is two-fold:  to teach and to practice my art form, whether that be to act, direct, or provide specific movement or voice direction to a production or curriculum. My goal is to share with students ways of approaching the art form of acting by gaining an experience of how the physical instrument serves the learner and the artist in the creative process. I also plan to continue to remain open and available myself to learn from my students and successful professional performance practices.

Workshops / Residencies

Center for Integrated Arts Education at the University of Northern Colorado, “Art in the Everyday: Social Practice and Lived Experience”

Sunset Middle School, Advanced Academics with an emphasis on the Arts – Longmont, CO
Early American History – creating character and original scenes from research
Greek, and 1940s American – History and Research units

Kennedy Center Partners in Education, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, Lincoln, NE
Using Voice and Movement to Illuminate Shakespeare,
Exploring Powerful Questions in Hitler’s Daughter”,
Nebraska Rural Teaching Artist Initiative
Theatre/Movement Teaching Artist and Artist Coach in conjunction with Omaha Nation School
Omaha Cultural Arts Project, as part of statewide arts integration initiative, ArtsReach
Professional development workshops for teachers as part of Dana Foundation Arts Integration Project
“The Performance, Politics, and Protocols of Shakespeare’s JULIUS CEASAR”
(a workshop collaboration with Aquila Theatre Company)

Rensselaerville Institute – Minds On Workshops
“Understanding Style” – physical style work in dealing with Greek, Elizabethan, Edwardian/Victorian, and 1920s jazz texts/time periods
“The Land I Love – Exploration of the American Musical through the work of Irving Berlin
Arts are Basic, Lincoln Center Program based at the University of Nebraska
Integrating elements of Laban Movement with dance as created by Hubbard Street Dance Company

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