Elise May

Elise May
Port Washington, NY
Playwriting, Memoir, Acting, Choral/Vocal Music, Storytelling
K-12 Schools, After School Program, Library
Association of Teaching Artists, Nassau County BOCES Arts in Education, Suffolk County BOCES Arts in Education

Elocution coach, Intergenerational Performances, five Port Washington Public Schools, 2006 – present Dialect Coach, “Our Country’s Good” - 2011 Performer, Writer –“Mr. A Day” – 2010 Director –“Let’s Do a Show” – 2010, “Let’s Tell a Story” – 2011 Speaking Engagements: Curriculum Conversations 2009; Arts in Education Roundtable 2009; PWEF Awards Ceremony Keynote Speaker 2008; 1 in 9 Breast Cancer Coalition Gala emcee Port Summer Show – Hair, Make up and Costumes – 2004-2010 Director, Producer, Writer - Storytime Theater Assembly Performances 2006 – present Director, Producer, Writer – ATLAST! Summer Camp Theater group 2006-2009 Performance and Coaching resume prior to 2000 available by request

Port Washington School District – 2005 – present – Teaching Artist for Storytime Theater and Expressive Elocution programs in five public elementary schools, public middle school and public high school. Other school districts include North Shore School District, Garden City School District – Teaching Artist 2008 - present Port Washington Public Library – 2009 – present – Teaching Artist – residencies and workshops for children and adults. Other library programs at Longwood PL Bermuda Union of Teachers - 2006 -2011 – Teaching Artist/Presenter for Professional Development Workshops at BUT’s Annual Conference. Other Conferences include the Balanced Mind Conference – 2010 – 2011 – Teaching Artist/ Presenter Adult Education classes, Teacher; four districts, Long Island, NY: Speech, Diction and Dialects, Change Your Voice, Voice for Actors Private/ group tutorials: Speech and dialects for actors (all ages), Speech and business presentation (individual and group, e.g., American Institute of Architects, Citigroup), college and job interview techniques Over 20 years’ experience. Teaching resume available upon request “Elise May is a remarkable teacher -- she accomplishes the goals of her varied, age-specific programs with a kind of ease and authority that her students love. She engages students of all ages, and her original programs are always appropriate and effective. Her impact on students is tremendous. She is a pleasure to work with -- a true collaborator. Her dedication to her work is complete. I look forward to the next opportunity I will have to work with her.” Beth Horn , Director of Development , Landmark on Main Street
My creative work focuses on vocal empowerment through oral expression and spoken word. I work with all ages in the general population as well as ESL. Frustration caused by the difficulty of second language acquisition is similar to the frustration felt when we age and communication connections and skills become more difficult. Using my background in speech and theater, I have created programs to ease that frustration and enhance expressive vocal capabilities. I have worked extensively with pre-K through 12 and adult populations, including intergenerational work, primarily in theater and voice. I like to believe my special talent is the ability to put people at ease and make exploratory and expressive vocal work fun. As my father's Alzheimer's disease has progressed, I have made sure to keep him creatively involved. While his short term memory eludes him, memories from long ago can still bring joy and stimulate storytelling. I have a program called "Let's Tell a Story!" in which participants learn the art of storytelling using their own creations brought to light through sense memory exercises. This program is available for any age group as well as intergenerational groups. It offers the opportunity for elder adults to express themselves and pass stories on to their families. Culminating performances are taped.