Teaching

Education has always been at the heart of my work as an artist and scholar. When I was still in high school, I remember a family friend asking me, "So are you ready to make the jump and to study theatre in college!" - and though my answer was a profound yes, I knew that it wasn't because I wanted to perform. I wanted to teach. 

After 10 years of work in classrooms, theatre programs, summer camps, workshops/intensives, and a host of other educational settings, the thing that always brings me the most joy is getting to share my love of theatre with others. 

My work as an educator spans through students from age 5 to 95; from the classroom to the rehearsal room; the college campus to the local elementary school. 



Doctoral Program

Starting in the Fall of 2018!

I'm beyond excited to dive into the start of my PhD program in Theatre History and Criticism in the School of Drama at the University of Washington this fall! During my time in Seattle, I'll be extending my work as a theatre educator and practitioner by focusing entirely on scholarship. This important next step in my own educational journey will allow me to work with undergraduates through a Teaching Assistantship, and to develop my skills in the university classroom. 


Latest & Upcoming

With former students students Miranda Hall (GMHS '16) and Jacob Traver (GMHS '14) seeing Hamlet at the Shakespeare Theatre Company 

Following a workshop with students from Spring Ridge Middle School (April 2018) to support their production of Singing in the Rain, Jr. 

We had the chance to explore motivation and objective in connection with movement, choreography, and staging. Such a fun day! 

Rehearsing and developing original student plays written by students from Mundo Verde Bilingual Public Charter School through Young Playwrights' Theater's In-School Residency program

 

I love this time of year! It has been such a privilege and joy to get to see so many of my current and former students perform lately. From former high school students finishing their college experiences (Curtains at UMBC, Spring Awakening at St. Mary's) to teens getting to perform in exciting new productions (Twelfth Night at IStage, Hairspray at TC Williams HS, Into the Woods at GMHS) this spring has been FULL of amazing student work! These productions alongside decision letters hitting my former students' hands from Pace University, NYU Tisch, SMCM, Christopher Newport, University of Pennsylvania, and others, have made this a special time of year. 


Round House Theatre - Lead Teaching Artist

Members of the RHT HeyDay Players during a workshop in our Survey of Classical Theatre winter class

As a Lead Teaching Artist at Round House Theatre, I have been busy this winter/spring teaching adult and youth class, and helping to redesign several program curricula. Classes/student groups of late have included:

  • A new residency for ACE programming at the District of Columbia International School (DCI), including an original devised theatre piece
  • After School programming at MCPS elementary schools:
    • East Silver Spring Elementary 
    • Woodlin Elementary
  • A class for RHT's HeyDay Players, Survey of Classical Acting, that covered major theatre history events and performance modes across the Western theatrical tradition from Greek Theatre to Restoration Drama 
  • Teaching and Directing the Young Artists Performance Company production of Just So... and Other Stories 

Students create a tableaux to recreate their favorite story during an RHT After School class at a local elementary school

Have a younger student, child, or family friend? Find out more about RHT Summer Camps here, as I gear up to be the Program Director for the amazing Summer Destinations program at Round House Theatre this summer! 

After spending the fall helping to write a new In-School Residency curriculum with RHT, we were able to take our work to the classroom this winter/spring, teaching students about production design, acting, and storytelling! 

This spring, the Teen Performance Company at Round House tackled Sloppy Firsts, a World Premiere production, based on the novel by New York Times best selling author Megan McCafferty. Getting to serve as a Cast Mentor for these students was a dream and their hard work paid off on what ended up being an insightful, unique, and truly remarkable production.


Guest Artist Work

I'm always pumped to get the chance to work with new young artists, and to push the envelope on what they know about theatre. Here, I am with the students from the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts at Chopticon High School, working on an Augusto Boal inspired ensemble exercise. 

Interested in having me work with you students? I teach workshops and masterclasses in everything from "Devised Theatre and Collaborative Storytelling" to "Advanced Shakespeare and Classic Texts from Page to Stage" - performance work in Acting Methods or Voice for the Actor to Dramatic Literary Criticism and scene study. Reach out here to have me tailor a class to YOUR group of students. 


Lighthouse Productions

Founder of Great Mills High School's theatre arts program Lighthouse Productions; generated a 240% growth in student participation in theatre at GMHS and staged 10 productions in 3 years for the school. 

The Bell Tower Theatre

Founding Artistic Director of an organization with a mission to house a teen intensive theatre program in Southern Maryland focused on fusing classical acting and devised theatre in performance;  innovated the area's performing arts culture with productions of Othello and Mary Stuart.


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