As an artist with 15 years of teaching experience, an MFA in Theater Directing and an MA in Teaching, I am committed to continually work with students at K-12, university and graduate levels, as well as to lead intensives at theaters and arts & community organizations. I also have extensive experience conducting workshops for teachers in order to assist them in bringing the arts into their classrooms.
Please see my Teaching Resume for details on my experience.
The courses that I offer are split into two categories:
THEATRE and COACHING
Below is the complete list of the Theatre courses that I offer.
To learn about one-on-one courses in Public Speaking, please VISIT MY COACHING PAGE.
List of Potential Courses & Workshops
All of the following are adaptable to the requirements of the community and/or presenting organization. The lengths and class sizes are flexible. New workshops can also be designed specifically for the needs of a particular group.
Creating Original Performance Work
Participants will be guided through a process of collaboratively creating original performance work. This course is geared towards artists who are looking for innovative ways to brainstorm themes and create original material, as well as to participants with no theatre experience who are interested in the use of performance in group facilitation, teaching, community building, and social justice. The longer version of the course has an option of culminating with a public performance.
Collaborative Process Through the Lens of Theatre Making
To create is the act of making something that did not previously exist in the world. To create in collaboration – using the collective intelligence, varied experiences and skills of a group – has the potential to generate a wider spectrum of ideas, resulting in content that delves deeper into the topic at hand.
The theatre is one of the ultimate models of the collaborative process, however most enterprises in the 21st century requires some level of collaboration whether in the classroom or workplace. This course, designed for students from any discipline, will be a laboratory examining the dynamics of collaboration – how it works, when it works, when it doesn't work – through the lens of theatre and the theatrical formats of composition, improvisation and games.
Through a series of exercises and techniques, students will build practical skills in communication, cooperation, critical thinking and observation, while examining the nature of collaboration and the challenges faced in different aspects of teamwork. Using theatrical models students will dissect group dynamics and critically examine social and political structures through collaborative laboratories.
Immersive Theatre & Viewpoints Basics for Actors and/or Interdisciplinary Artists
In this fast paced workshop participants will be introduced to the basics of the Viewpoints technique and the essentials of creating Immersive Theatre. Viewpoints, currently a staple in American theatre training, is a technique and theatrical vocabulary that originally grew out of post-modern dance and was adapted for actor training by Anne Bogart and SITI Company (New York). Viewpoints breaks down the performer's life on stage into elements that identify his/her relationship to time and space. It serves as a platform for performers to develop a sense of the ensemble and to fluidly and intuitively create together in the moment. Immersive theatre, which has recently been taking the world by storm, takes the audience out of their seats and places them at the center of the playing space. It transforms the passive role of the spectator, into that of spect-actor and co-creator who is essential to the action and narrative of the performance. Immersive Theatre challenges traditional acting methods and calls for a new, more holistic, approach to acting. After receiving a crash course in the techniques, participants will create performative compositions using text chosen by the instructor. The longer version of the course has an option of culminating with a public performance.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration Lab
As 21st century citizens we seamlessly flow between worlds that are real and virtual, contemporary and ancient, local and global. The more complex the problems our societies and communities face, the more the need to collaborate deepens. In the same way we have come to tackle some of the world's most pressing issues not through the lens of one discipline, but by getting experts from a variety of trainings and backgrounds to collaborate together, so should artists from all fields of the arts get together to create. Collaboratively developed interdisciplinary work is no longer a luxury, but has become a necessity to deal with the rapid changes our world is undergoing. In this course, artists from all disciplines will be guided through the process of collaboratively creating original interdisciplinary work. This laboratory-style course will expose the participants to innovative ways of brainstorming themes and creating original material together. An exciting variation of this course can also include scholars, scientists, community activists and politicians. The longer version of the course has an option of culminating with a public performance.
Viewpoints & Performance Composition Intensive
(Can also be divided into 2 separate workshops)
This course will expose students to two theatrical techniques: Viewpoints & Performance Composition. Viewpoints is a technique and theatrical vocabulary that originally grew out of the post-modern dance world and created by choreographer Mary Overlie. It was further developed by Anne Bogart and her NY-based SITI Company, and adapted for actor training in the theatre. Viewpoints breaks down the performer's life on stage into elements that identify his/her relationship to time and space. It serves as a platform for performers to develop a sense of the ensemble and to fluidly and intuitively create together in the moment. Viewpoints provides directors, playwrights, actors, and artists across disciplines a practical vocabulary to use in devising new performance or when working with existing texts.
In the Performance Composition section of the workshop students will gain the necessary tools to develop new performance work and find fresh ways to explore existing material. A text and/or a theme will be chosen at the beginning of the workshop and will be used as raw material for the students to work with. Through individual and group assignments and improvisations, students will break apart existing text and juxtapose it with writing, choreography and other collaboratively brainstormed ideas. The course is an exploration of freedom and imagination that are inherent in theatre, while maintaining the rigor that is necessary to create dynamic new performance work.
The Viewpoints & Performance Composition workshop provides theatre artists, as well as artists from other disciplines, a unique opportunity to deepen their awareness of the stage and reconsider the role of the ensemble in the creative process. This workshop series can be modified for performers at any stage of development and experience. The longer version of the course has an option of culminating with a public performance.
Act, Inform, Inspire: Using Theatre as a Tool for Dialogue & Social Change
The performing arts are powerful tools for introspection and personal transformation. In this fun and fast-paced workshop, participants will be guided through a variety of games and activities that explore relevant social and personal issues. The workshop will also serve as an introduction to basic Theater of the Oppressed techniques, as developed by Augosto Boal. This workshop is geared towards participants with no theatre experience who are interested in group facilitation, teaching, community building, and social justice, as well as to theatre practitioners who are looking for innovative ways to brainstorm theatrical themes and create original material. Participants are asked to come prepared to move their body, speak their truth, and act from the heart.
Current Events through the Lens of Performance
Students analyze and dissect current events through a series of theatre exercises and techniques, and create performative responses to them. These events, researched individually or in small groups, can come from any sector of society and can be affecting communities on a local, national or global level. Using theatrical models, students investigate the impact of the event and critically examine social and political structures. Through their participation in the course the students also learn practical skills in communication, cooperation, critical thinking and observation. The longer version of the course has an option of culminating with a public performance.
Fundamentals of Speech/Public Speaking
This course aims to help the students develop effective skills in speech communication. The students examine how to generate topics and organize ideas, master elements of audience psychology, and practice techniques of speech presentation in a public forum. All elements of speech production and presentation are considered. I have extensive experience teaching this course for native and non-native English speakers. When working with non-native English speakers, the course additionally uses current software and web-based programs to aid students through recognizing and working on their English language clarity and pronunciation. (One-on-one classes are also available)
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