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HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Francesca Mintowt-Czyz is currently a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Voice and Movement at Weber State University.

Previously, Mintowt-Czyz served as the Director of Theatre at Western Nebraska Community College from 2019 to 2021. During her tenure, she taught various courses such as Introduction to Theatre, Acting, Movement, Voice for the Actor, Scripts in Production, Technical Production, Stage Makeup, and Jazz. She focused on producing, directing, and designing four academic productions annually, with an emphasis on new works. Notably, she collaborated with playwright Therese Ramstedt to develop an original play called "Riptides," which premiered in fall 2020. This play explored the story of a young adolescent with ADHD represented by 'Sea Bitches'. Mintowt-Czyz also introduced unique and diverse art forms by inviting Drag performers as guest artists for the stage makeup course, which led to the establishment of the first LGBTQIA+ Student Organization at the college, known as Cougar Pride.

Before her time at WNCC, Mintowt-Czyz worked as an actor, guest lecturer, director, and choreographer in London, England. She collaborated with multiple schools within 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. After returning to the United States in 2018, she conducted workshops in musical theatre, physical theatre, devising, and auditioning. In Salt Lake City, UT, Mintowt-Czyz served as the Assistant Director and Movement Specialist at Salt Lake Community College for a production of "The Love For Three Oranges," where she skillfully blended Commedia dell'arte and clowning to offer a dynamic interpretation of the classic tale. Additionally, she produced her first original physical theatre piece, "On This Eve," featuring her students Tyler Fox and Whitney Black.

Mintowt-Czyz recently graduated with her MFA in Performing Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time there, she directed multiple productions including works by Duncan Macmillan, Karen Hines, and William Shakespeare. She also took on acting roles, such as Marie-Antoinette in "The Revolutionists," ensemble in "All Shook Up," and Mrs. Jennings in the SCAD production of "Sense and Sensibility," where she also contributed as the assistant director, choreographer, and dialect coach.

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