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Teaching Experience

K-12 Classroom

Forest Lake Senior High, ISD #831, Forest Lake, Minnesota; Fall 2005 to Spring 2012       

 

Taught a variety of theatre, literature, communication, writing courses.  Theatre courses included Theatre Directing & Performance, and Technical Theatre.  English courses included American Literature, World Literature, Fantasy in Fiction, Creative Writing, Communication Theory & Practice, Speech, and Popular Literature.

 

Directed a variety of musicals, comedies, dramas, and classic works.  Coordinated and designed the technical theatre elements including set, lighting, props, sound, make-up, and publicity for various musical and plays. 

 

Supervised student teachers and facilitated professional learning communities. 

Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix, Arizona; Fall 2017       

 

Taught 5th grade Theatre Foundations, 7th-8th grade Storytelling, and 9th-12th grade   Theatre for Social Change. 

Higher Education Classroom 

Visiting Assistant Professor and Interim Theatre Education Director, Utah State University, January to May, 2018

     Theatre History (THEA 3710)

     Drama Across the Curriculum (THEA 3380)

     Theatre Education Seminar (THEA 1310)

Instructor of Record, Arizona State University

     Acting Introduction (THF 101)

     Creative Drama with Youth (THP 311)

     Theatre for Social Change (THP 482)

     Introduction to Theatre: Online (THE 100)

     Shakespeare Stage & Screen: Online (THE 421)

 

Faculty Associate, Arizona State University

     Arts, Culture, and the Economy (HDA 521)


Teaching Assistant Instructor, Arizona State University

     Principles of Dramatic Analysis in Theatre and Film (THF 220)

Teaching Artistry

Theatre Instructor, Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence, Kansas; Summer 2017

Theatre instructor and co-facilitator for an interactive Arts integration Arts Detective workshop.

 

Program Consultant and Teaching Artist Advisor, Literacy Through Drama Program, Mesa Arts Center; Fall 2016

Shaped a re-launch of a literacy development program using drama techniques, arts- integration and observed professional teaching artists to improve the curriculum and delivery

 

Teaching Artist, Steppingstone Theatre Company, St. Paul, Minnesota; Summer 2014-2015

Lead instructor and director for a Create-a-Musical workshops “Diary of a Time-Lord Kid” and “Guardians of the Galaxy: The Musical”.  Lead instructor for several workshops including “Adventures in Legoland”.

Teaching Artist, Childsplay Theatre Company, Tempe, Arizona; 2015-2016

Instructor and teacher trainer in a middle school drama-based language development, English-Language learner program.

 

Workshop Instructor & Judge, Utah Shakespeare Festival High School Theatre Competition; Fall 2012-2015

Evaluated performances and provided constructive feedback to student competitors “Power Play”: Introduced high school theatre students to the foundations of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.  “Movement and Shakespearean Text”: Explored movement techniques related to interpreting Shakespearean text.

 

I-Create Resident Artist & Volunteer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital & Arizona State University; Spring 2014

Created digital storytelling pieces with patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

 

Program Coordinator & Teaching Artist, Literacy Through the Arts Program, Mesa Arts Center; Spring 2014

Developed literacy and drama curriculum for kindergarten, first, & second grade

Trained teaching artists for the arts program, and scheduled outreach events

 

Instructor & Teaching Artist, Literacy Through the Arts Program, Mesa Arts Center; Spring 2014

Worked with sixth grade classes on various arts-based activities and drama curriculum.  Led pre-show and post-show discussions on a production of Frindle.

 

Instructor & Teaching Artist, Literacy Through the Arts Program, Mesa Arts Center; Fall 2013

Worked with fourth grade classes on various arts-based activities and drama curriculum.  Led pre-show and post-show discussions on a production of Alice in Wonderland.

 

Instructor & Teaching Artist, Basic Arts Program, Mesa Arts Center; Spring 2013

Worked with a first grade class of 21 students on various arts-integration activities and drama curriculum.  Led pre-show and post-show discussions on a production of The Real Story of the Three Little Pigs.

 

Guest Director, Arizona High School Thespian Festival; Fall 2012 & 2013

Mentored student playwrights through revising the script.  Directed student actors for a staged reading performance showcase

 

Pre-Show Workshop Facilitator; Arizona State University’s production of Bocon; Fall 2012

Worked with two classes of 20-25 students and Led them through non-verbal communication activities, and vocabulary exploration & application techniques utilizing tableau and play text selections.

 

Facilitating Artist; Arizona State University & Arizona Boys and Girls Club; Fall 2012

Worked with youth to create videos about how they interact with three cultural spaces in the community.  Premiered 3 digital storytelling pieces through Q.R. coding and smart phones, funded through the National Endowment of the Arts