Emerson College, Boston, MA Master of Arts in Theatre Education (2016, GPA: 4.0) Initial Licensure in Massachusetts as a Teacher of Theater (all levels)
Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA Bachelor of Arts in English, Minor in Theatre (2011, magna cum laude, GPA: 3.8)
Teaching Experience -- Public Schools
Ashland Middle School, Ashland, MA – 2016-present Drama Teacher & Drama Club Director
Teacher for three levels of drama classes, involving 500+ students in grades 6-8.
Director for after-school Drama Club program. Duties involve directing two productions per year, leading a cast and crew of 50+ students, and handling production duties, including budgeting, scheduling, ticket sales, and communication with parents and students.
Hingham High School, Hingham, MA – Spring 2016 Student Teacher
Student teacher for Acting & Improvisation class (15 students, grades 10-12).
Director for in-class production of Through the Looking Glass. Led audition workshop, auditions, and rehearsals.
Planned and taught units on playmaking, improvisation, and characterization.
Assistant director for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).
Hingham Middle School, Hingham, MA – Spring 2016 Student Teacher
Student teacher for 9 drama classes (7th and 8th grade; 215 total students).
Developed and taught multi-week unit on Shakespeare and television adaptation. Students learned about Shakespeare’s language, then wrote, performed, and filmed original TV episodes featuring characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Co-taught several units with 7th- and 8th-grade students, including puppetry, archetype & Commedia, radio show performance, observation, and voice work.
Kennedy School, Somerville, MA – Fall 2015 Director – School Play
Directed Kids Only! – a devised play created by the cast – with grades K-5.
Led students in devising activities as they developed scenes and characters to be incorporated into the final script.
Somerville High School, Somerville, MA – September 2014-February 2015 Dramaturg – School Musical
Assisted director during rehearsals.
Helped students with textual analysis, character development, and scene work.
Provided supplementary research for the production.
Teaching Experience -- Professional Theatre and Community Settings
California Theatre Center, Sunnyvale, CA - full-time 2011-2014; assorted projects 2008-2016
Summer Theatre Conservatory, Teacher (16 sessions)Taught 16 multi-week theatre conservatories at the Advanced (ages 13-16), Intermediate (ages 11-14), Core (ages 8-15), and Junior (ages 5-8) levels. Various positions included Lead Teacher, Artistic Director, and Administrative Director. Taught classes in acting, movement, and voice. Directed 10 plays.
School Outreach Program, Artistic Director Directed after-school musical production of The Little Mermaid JR. at local elementary school, featuring two casts and a total of 52 students in grades 4-5. Responsible for all artistic considerations, overseeing artistic and technical staff, and working with a team of parent producers and volunteers.
School Outreach & Great Spring Musical Programs, Producer (3 shows) Assisted director during rehearsals, led exercises with middle- and high-school-age participants, served as liaison between artistic staff and parents, sent weekly email updates, oversaw volunteer committees, organized ticket and concession sales.
Leadership Team Program, Supervisor Oversaw high school student interns and prepared them to assist adult teachers, lead warm-ups and theatre games for younger students, and work front-of-house for professional productions.
Story-to-Stage, Teacher (4 sessions) One-week, half-day program for students ages 5-8. Led theatre games and taught introductory acting skills. Directed a short play.
Assorted Workshops, Teacher Numerous topics, including Shakespeare, audition techniques, improvisation, comedic acting, genre & period acting styles, and others.
Post-Show PlayShops, Leader/Facilitator Designed and led numerous post-show workshops for young audience members.
ArtsEmerson Play Reading Book Club, Boston, MA – Fall 2015 Teaching Artist
Led five sessions on A Midsummer Night’s Dream with adult community members in the Boston area.
Guided participants through Shakespeare’s text and facilitated discussions about the play.
Directed participants in a short public reading of the play, followed by a talk-back discussion with audience members.
Theatre Education Graduate Association, Emerson College, Boston, MA – Fall 2015 Director of Curriculum
Director of curriculum for fall touring production of Finding American.
Oversaw a team of teaching artists in the creation of a study guide for high school-aged audiences.
North Shore YMCA, Salem, MA – Fall 2014 Production Assistant – Elementary School Musical
Supervised students during rehearsal, led theatre exercises, and managed students backstage during all performances.
California Theatre Center, Sunnyvale, CA – January 2013-August 2014 Education Coordinator
Worked with Education Director to oversee all aspects of Education Department, including program development, venue scouting, scheduling, marketing, writing and adapting curriculum, managing enrollment, communicating with parents, data entry, and training and overseeing new teachers.
Communicated with patrons, through phone and email, on a daily basis.
Co-led teacher training sessions for new conservatory teachers.
Developed curriculum and assisted new teachers in planning lessons.
Wrote and adapted curricular study guides for classroom teachers. Study guides served to supplement the company’s professional plays for young audiences.
Conducted research and wrote newsletters to assist with audience engagement and to market the company’s professional season of plays.
Responsible for marketing all education programs. Duties included designing flyers, writing and designing marketing emails, reaching out to past participants, and publicizing education programs at performances, fairs, and other events.
Served as house manager for five professional productions in Summer Rep Season and dozens of performances throughout Young Audience Season. Duties included assisting patrons, selling tickets, supervising ushers and concessions sales, leading post-show discussions, and maintaining a clean and professional atmosphere.
Performed in seven productions for young audiences, including five touring productions that each visited up to 16 venues along the West Coast. Performed for young audiences of up to 1800 students. Cast was responsible for set-up and strike of set each day. Also served production duties while acting, including Props Manager, Costume Manager, Road Manager, and House Manager Liaison.
Performed 11 roles in 6 productions as part of CTC’s Summer Rep seasons.
Emerson College, Boston, MA – February-December 2015 Graduate Admissions Assistant
Responsible for customer service within the Graduate Admissions department. Answered questions for applicants and potential applicants through phone and email.
Led campus tours for incoming and prospective students.
Extensive teaching experience
UBD lesson planning
Arts integration and creative lesson planning
Customer service and phone skills
Writing, editing, and proofreading
Computers: internet research, Windows OS, Mac OS, Windows Office, Pages, Wordpress, social media
CA driver’s license; manual transmission driver
Whitman College Walter Brattain Merit Scholarship, 2007-2011