TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Over the past decade I have studied at some of the world’s leading drama schools and worked with world-renowned artists and educators that have inspired my own work as an instructor of performing arts and design. While earning my MA from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, I honed specific skills such as mime, devising, and creative writing from professionals such as Lindsay Kemp (world-renowned dancer and mime artist), Tim Crouch (one of Britain’s leading and most innovative playwrights), and Lucy Pitman-Wallace (former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company). Other notable artists include Sherrill Milnes and Maria Zouves (Savannah Voice Festival 2022), Mary Stuart Masterson and Sam Robards (ABS film ‘The Good Mother’, 2022), and George Pinney (Utah Festival for Opera and Musical Theatre, 2019).

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From 2019-2021, I was the Director of Theatre at Western Nebraska Community College. I taught Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Movement, Voice for the Actor, Scripts in Production, Technical Production, Stage Makeup, and Jazz. I produced, directed, and designed four productions each academic year, with an emphasis on new work. One of the most exciting projects involved working with playwright Therese Ramstedt. She was a guest artist for my spring semester playwriting course, and through the second half of the semester, Ramstedt and the students developed an original play called ‘Riptides’, a story about a young adolescent with ADHD which is manifested in the form of “Sea Bitches”. The world premiere of this script was produced in fall of 2020. As someone who is committed to introducing unique and diverse art forms to both students and community, I invited a team of Drag performers to act as guest artists for the stage makeup course. We held a panel in which students, faculty, and staff were able to ask questions about the art of Drag as well as the LGBTQIA+ community, which was followed by a performance. As a result of this experience, a group of students formed the first LGBTQIA+ Student Organization in the history of the college: Cougar Pride.

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Prior to my employ at WNCC, I was an actor and instructor based in London, England. I worked as a guest lecturer, director, and choreographer for multiple schools through the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama including Rambert School of Ballet and Modern Dance, the National Center for Circus Arts, Bristol Old Vic, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. When I returned to the US in 2018, I began leading workshops in musical theatre, physical theatre, devising, and auditioning. In Salt Lake City, UT, I was invited to be the Assistant Director and Movement Specialist at Salt Lake Community College on a production of ‘The Love For Three Oranges’, where we blended Commedia dell’arte and clowning to create a dynamic interpretation of this classic tale. In 2019 I produced my first original physical theatre piece entitled ‘On This Eve’. This was a devised piece starring two of my students, Tyler Fox and Whitney Black.

I began earning my MFA in Performance from the Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall of 2021, and remain active as an arts educator. I ran the programming for a series of Improv Workshops for children through Front Porch Improv and will be the Teaching Assistant to Professor Jay Jaski for his undergraduate Theatre History course at SCAD this fall.  This year alone, I have directed three productions, including 'Lungs' by Duncan Macmillan, 'Pochsy's Lips' by Karen Hines, and William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing’. In addition, I have performed as Marie-Antoinette in 'The Revolutionists', ensemble in 'All Shook Up', and Mrs. Jennings in the SCAD production of 'Sense and Sensibility', where I was also the assistant director, choreographer and dialect coach.