Association of Teaching Artists, Actors' Equity, AATE
Over seven years of experience using Theater as a medium to engage students K through 12 in literacy, social studies and exploring themes of Character Education (e.g. “citizenship”, “caring”, “trustworthiness.”) Background in Theater, Musical Theater, Music and Dance. Experienced in Directing Theater with youth, Professional Development for adults and Arts Administration. Experience working with ELL and various special needs youth populations.
Teaching Artist Experience
McCarter Theatre Department of Education, Princeton, NJ 2008-present
First Stage Program
• Musical Experience: 7th through 9th Grade students. Develop lesson plans and facilitate sessions to develop skills (acting, singing, dancing, prop/set/costume design) and direct a production of Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.
• Adventure Theater: 4th Grade. Develop lesson plans and facilitate session to develop skills and direct adventure themed play: The Prophesy of the Shoe.
• Musical Theatre: Developed and facilitated session for 40 students 4th through 9th grade. Directed musical reviews with a devised theater component Midnight at the McCarter (2008) and Let’s Go To the Movies (2009) and A Year With Frog and Toad: Kids (2010)
Creative Arts Team Youth, New York, NY January – present
Junior Youth Theatre
• Work with Program Director Elizabeth Sweeny to plan and co-facilitate ongoing theatre devising program with middle school aged participants. Group performs two devised theatre productions a year.
• Assist Director Helen White by working directly with members of High School aged ensemble to learn music, generate choreography and staging for three songs as part of the devised play From Time to Time (February 2010). Arranged and created accompaniment tracks for performance using Apple’s Logic Pro.
Manhattan New Music Project, New York, NY 2006-present
• Setting The Stage for Student Success: 3rd through 6th Grade Playwriting/Songwriting/Performance residency (at various schools.) Guided students and teachers in writing and performing an original play with an original song based on content from school curriculum.
After School Programs
• Musical Theater Devising and Performance: 5th and 6th Grade Playmaking/Songwriting and performance program. Devise story, dialogue, choreography and songs for an original musical about the circus: The P.Y. Little Top Circus.
• Musical Theater Devising and Performance: High School ELL students created story and incorporated songs written by The Beatles for an original musical entitled Rumors around The Hallways.
92nd Street Y New York, NY Summer 2006
• Develop and Teach Creative Drama and Theater Arts programs for K-6 general ed. and special needs students at the Y’s summer day camp. Directed, Choreographed, Music Directed, Set Constructed and Accompanied production of The Wiz.
Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in Schools (IDEAS), New York, NY 2006-present
After School Programs
• Creative Drama @ St. Luke’s in the Field LGBTQ Outreach Program: Develop and facilitate sessions for an ongoing program servicing LGBTQ Transient Youth age 13 to 21.
• Creative Drama Plus @ Broadway Housing: Develop an facilitate session for elementary age participants learning about the five boroughs of New York City culminating in a performance.
• Sociodrama @ Heath Opportunities High School: 9th Grade. Explore Issues related to peer pressure, gossip, family dynamics, and sexual decision making through improv.
• Sociodrama Plus @ Heartshare Beacon PS 228: 5th – 8th Grade students explore issues related to peer pressure, respect, anger/violence and drug use through improv culminating in a performance
Making Books Sing, New York, NY 2010-present
• Musical Theater Songwriting/Performance: Work with 1st, 2nd and 5th Grade classes to write one song each which was incorporated into the plays that the classes had written based on the books Fly Away Home, Those Shoes and Uncle Willy and the Soup Kitchen that examined themes of people dealing with homelessness and poverty.
Periwinkle Theatre for Youth, New York, NY 2004-2010
• From Books To Broadway: 4th Grade residency exploring literary works that have been adapted for Broadway and Hollywood Musicals (Seussical, Big River, Oliver!, Peter Pan, The Wiz etc…)
• Big, Beautiful Planet: 2nd Grade Ecology, Music and Theater residency. Students explored ecological zones threatened by pollution and learned a song for each one (e.g. Students looking at how the ocean is threatened by pollution performed “Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles)
• Around The World Before Midnight: 1st and 2nd Grade Songwriting and Theater residency. Collaborate with students and teachers to write lyrics and melody for a song about various countries’ cultures and landmarks (e.g. The Coco Taxi in Cuba, Chichen Itza in Mexico and Tortugera in Costa Rica.)
• Magic Words of Poetry: Langston’s Ladies - Variations on his Dream: 4th and 5th Grade Creative Drama and Poetry residency to celebrate Black History Month.
• New York: City of Continents: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade Theater Arts/Playwriting Residency. Students examine folk tales from other countries to create original theater pieces about folk tale characters who use their distinct personalities traits to solve a problem in modern day New York City.
• Around The World Tales: 3rd and 4th Grade classes create original Theater Arts pieces based on international folk tales and stories.
• Magic Words of Poetry: 3rd Grade students created original performances from the poetry of Eloise Greenfiled and Jack Prelutsky.
• Play It Safe: K-2nd Grade pre-performance residency to explore themes of safety from Little Red Riding Hood Finds the Safety Zone.
After School Programs
• Monsters At Play: 1st and 2nd Grade Theater Arts/Puppet Building and Literacy residency. Students devised individual monster hand puppets to perform Rotten Island by William Steig
• After School Drama Program: Middle School program. Direct two musicals each year and work with students to devise scripts incorporating contemporary pop songs.
• Living Newspaper: 6th and 8th Grade Theater Arts/Social Studies/Playwriting program. Students created and performed original play containing stories in the fictional newspaper The 212 Times: Real Life at 800 Home Street.
Professional Development Experience
Partnership for After School Education (PASE), New York, NY 2007-present
Professional Development Workshop Topics
• Creative Behavior Management Through The Arts: After school leaders, program directors and administrative staff. Explore successful classroom management in elementary school aged after school programs using engaging activities and group cohesion.
• Lesson Planning for After School Programs: After School Group Leaders explored topics of “Backward Planning” for culminating events and using Multiple Intelligence Theory to engage learners with different approaches to the same content.
• Routines, Rituals and Transitions for Fun Summer Learning: Summer program staff and program directors explore ways eliminate downtime and engage youth with activities and smooth transitions.
• Youth Development Approaches to Designing and Managing an Activity: Design and facilitate workshop for after school group leaders and program directors to examine principles of youth development and their impact on program design.
On-Site Technical Assistance
• Develop and facilitate workshops for staff relating to classroom management and lesson planning. Provide one to one strategy sessions with program directors. Sites include: Jacob Riis Settlement and YWCA
• Summer Learning Initiative: Work directly with summer program site directors and staff to implement literacy activities, develop theme-based programming (e.g. 2008 Olympics, Multicultural NYC), identify learning opportunities in field trips and support skills and development of SYEP Staff. Sites have included: Arab American Family Support Center, Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center, YMCA and Queens Library
Manhattan New Music Project, New York, NY 2005-present
• Music, Theatre and Literacy Workshop: Develop and facilitate workshop for music teachers to examine how Music, Theatre and Musical Theater can connect to New York State’s English Language Arts Standards.
• Setting The Stage For Student Success & Blank Page To Stage: Co-facilitate workshops for 2nd through 6th Grade teachers participating in a residency to create original musical theater plays with students related to classroom curriculum. Topics included choosing a main idea, setting, plot, improvising and writing dialogue, songwriting, blocking, choreography, costume and scenic design.
Arts Education Administrative Experience
Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Brooklyn, NY Summer 2007
Program Director: Summer Junior Arts Program
• Assisted with interviews and hiring senior and junior counselors
• Developed and facilitated training for counseling staff
• Provided ongoing training over the course of the program including weekly staff meeting
• Coordinated and provided daily oversight of the program
• Provided directional support for 12 teaching artists.
• Supervised weekly field trips.
• Communicated to parents on a regular basis about their children’s participation and the dynamics in the program.
CUNY School of Professional Studies, New York, NY
• Candidate for MA in Applied Theater - Anticipated Graduation: May 2011
New York University, New York, NY
• Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance with a Concentration in Musical Theater
Actors’ Fund of America, New York, NY
• Arts in Education Training Program, Jane Ives
Theatre Development Fund/New York City Department of Education, New York, NY
• STARRR Cohort Development Workshop, Stephen DiMenna (TDF, MCC)
Hunter College, New York, NY
• Sociodrama Workshop, Patricia Sternberg RDT/BCT
Professional Affiliations and Memberships
American Alliance of Theatre and Education
Actors’ Work Program (A Division of The Actor’s Fund)
Service to the Arts In Education Community
Grant Panel Service
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council: Creative Curriculum Grant
Brooklyn Arts Council: Community Arts Regrant Program
Microsoft Word, Logic Pro, Garageband, Finale, Sibelius