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Teaching Artist

Los Angeles, California, United States
October 14, 2016

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Los Angeles, CA Email: Phone: 818-***-****


Actor, Mentor, and arts education facilitator with over 20 years of experience. Areas of Expertise

Storytelling, Acting; Improvisation; Voice and Speech Production; Spoken Word; Community Collaboration; Play Writing; Text Analysis; Creating with youth; and Mentoring teaching teams. EDUCATION

Certificate in Social Emotional Healing June 2014, UCLArts, Santa Moncia, CA Lifetime Member of The Actor’s Studio

MFA, BFA, 1984, 1982, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, NY, NY Theatre Major: 1979-81, Mac Murray College, Jacksonville, Illinois Course Work: LA Valley College, Video Production


Mentor, International Academy of Film and Television Burbank, CA 2014-2015

Teach novice and experienced actors to connect body, voice and mind to the process of vocal production through Linklater, Skinner and Alexander techniques.

Build a safe environment and class support systems to explore Shakespeare’s text.

Teach IPA, text analysis, New York and Received Pronunciation accents.

Provide tools to prepare monologues and scenes for performance.

(2009-2014 worked in Arts Education)

Teaching Artist, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, North Hollywood, CA 2006-2009

Designed and conducted drama and writing workshop for foster care students at GLASS

(Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) in Hollywood.

Taught theatre for Creative Kids after-school program in the San Fernando Valley, focusing on victory over violence and saving the environment.

Wrote and implemented a theatre standards based curriculum, and a rules and procedures handbook for teaching artists assigned to residencies in local schools. Teaching Artist, Lincoln Center Institute, New York, NY 1985-2001

Designed and conducted professional development workshops for elementary and high school teachers in structuring, interpreting and creating through the study of theater works.

Taught primary and secondary students in NJ, NY and CT’s public and private schools to interpret theatrical presentations.

Led workshops in exploring diverse theatrical productions which included Hamlet, Life is a Dream, The Broken Jug, A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, Charlotte’s Web, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, David Gonzalez’s re-telling of Orpheus Descending, African Tales as performed by Vinnie Burrows and more.

Resident Professional Teaching Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. 1998-1999

Taught undergraduates “Intro to Acting.”

Drilled students in vocal production exercises using Skinner and Linklater methods.

Guided Alexander techniques in relaxation and basic physical endurance exercises. ARTS ADMINISTRATION

Outreach Coordinator, and Senior Program Manager, The Unusual Suspects Theatre LA, CA 2011-2015

Redesigned volunteer recruitment and management increasing volunteer base by 80%.

Managed youth and adult theatre productions from writing workshops to technical rehearsal to performance.

Structured methods for outreach to increase student participation by 24% in one semester.

Supported and managed teaching artists in residencies at sites in under-resourced schools including class management, and parent engagement. Director of Educational Programs, We Tell Stories, Los Angeles, CA 2008-2010

Supported, coordinated and assessed the development of staffed teaching artists.

Evaluated professional development and analyzed relationships with schools.

Conceptualized and wrote study guides, newsletters and fund raising letters.

Produced storytelling festival, and spearheaded new programming ideas. Arts Education Director, Enrichment Works, Valley Glen, CA 2004-2008

Designed, implemented and taught professional development workshops in arts education to elementary school teachers.

Expedited service agreements, managed invoices and payments.

Co-produced theatrical assembly programs that addressed social and life themes including alternative gang lifestyle, nutrition, civil rights, financial literacy, and sex education. Associate Director, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY 2001-2002

Broadened the Youth Arts Academy’s planning, including arts curriculum and contract service management.

Implemented programs conducted at New York City Board of Education partnership schools in arts and education, and guided the operation of special on-site community activities and programs.

Recruited and supervised instructors, parent volunteers and college interns. Program Coordinator, New Federal Theatre N.Y.C. 1998-2000

Designed and directed dramatic writing and acting camp for teenagers.

Managed youth employment placing teenagers in job opportunities throughout New York’s theatre community including Ensemble Studio, and Theatre Communications Group.

Planned and installed seminars presenting Broadways’ professional artists. FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS

William and Eva Fox Foundation

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society-Mac Murray College, Jacksonville, IL Recognition Award (Leadership) – Mind Builders Creative Arts Team, Bronx, NY Audelco Award (Best Supporting Actress) New Federal Theatre, New York, NY Cast member of OBIE award winning play Mamba’s Daughters-Target Margin Theatre, NYC STUDIES

National Theatre of London, Classical Theatre Training (Celina Cadell, Patsy Rodenberg) Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Festival (Lisa Wolpe)

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