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Teddy Eck and Jeff Whiting with the Broaday Intensive Class

 
High School Musical Theatre Awards Host and Production Team 


Southwestern College                                   Spring 2017-Current
Intro to Acting - Fall 2017, 2 Credit course
 -Coming soon!-

Adjunct Professor – Performance Studies TA 141-144, 2 Credit course

Currently working with the theatre department at Southwestern College to help direct and teach their Student Short Play
Course. This two-credit course aims at teaching students how to write and edit their own one-act play. Six One-Acts will be
chosen to be fully produced with a full week of live performances.

The University of Memphis                       2012-2014
Intro to Theatre - Graduate Assistant - Adjunct Faculty member                        

Supplementing my GA, I assistant taught Intro to Theatre classes for the University of Memphis. Serving both theatre majors and non-majors, this 15-week class focused on introducing students to the history and evolution of theatre as an art form of human experiences and expression from Socrates to Sondheim.

   Musical Theatre Audition and Business Prep 
       2012-2014

A yearly series of master classes for musical theatre majors with the aim of successfully bridging the gap from academia to professional practice.  Using over a decade of experience, I lead three part lecture series on the different type of auditions; EPA, ECC, Open calls and agent appointments. I covered the different formats and requirements for each model and ran simulations for each.  We also covered; how to prepare your auditions book, find the right cut song, enter/exit the room and talk to an accompanist.

  
The Business of Show
                                          2012-2014
In this series of mater classes for both theatre and TV & Film students, I covered the business side of show business.  We covered the coveted question of how to get an agent, the difference between an agent and manager and their percentages, contract negotiations and what it means to have a guest-starting role versus a principle or “under five”. We also covered what residuals, buy-outs and syndication means to the actors.

The Orpheum Theatre                               2013-2015
  
Artistic Director of Educational Summer Camps
Currently serving as the lead developer and producer on the summer camps for The Orpheum Theatre in anticipation of their new education center opening in 2015. In addition to developing the lesson plans, instructors and promotional material, I also serve as the lead instructor for the majority of the camps listed below.

   College Bound-Audition Prep – A three day intensive that covers the how, what, where and whens of college theatre and musical theatre program auditions.  We cover everything from; how to fill out the paper work to what to prepare for each of the individual colleges in the mid-Atlantic area and major programs across the country.  There is also coaching and communication prior to the intensive involving preparing your audition book so that it may be work shopped over the three days.

   Musical Theatre Intensive – This three day intensive camp is for serious High School students that which to pursue a career in musical theatre.  This intensive invites the students to take classes with Broadway professionals including; Jeff Whiting (AD – Little Dancer, Big Fish, Bullets Over Broadway) and Jake Speck (Bway-Jersey Boys, Young Frankenstein), where they will take classes that include; musical theatre dance featuring original choreography from current Broadway shows, monologue prep, acting the song, audition prep, and one-on-one coaching from a NYC professional.  This intensive ends with a mock audition in front of a profession panel that will offer individual feed back.

   Broadway Institute – A week long eight hour a day camp for High School students that seeks to continue in the education of theatre students in the following areas; musical theatre dance technique, audition prep, song selection, monologues. This camp culminates in a final performance on the Orpheum stage.

   Broadway Bootcamp – Two week long eight hour a day camps for Middle school students that focus on developing performance techniques, creative writing and thinking skills and end with a performance on the Orpheum stage that centers on the upcoming season.

Stax Music Academy                                        Fall 2013

    Performance and Acting Technique
Developed, programed and lead this by-weekly class for the Stax Music Academy an affiliate of the Soulsville Charter School, which focuses on performance art education for college bound High School students.  Classes focus on vocal and performance technique as well as introductory acting techniques in the style of Uta Hagen and Meisner.

Flat Rock Playhouse                                        2008 Season
  
Apprentice Director
Served as the main coordinator and educator for 16 college students and two assistants from across the mid-Atlantic region including; Elon, Belmont, Western Carolina University and UCF. Handled all administrative duties, programming of classes and apprentice work programs. Taught master classes and a series of classes in the following areas; Monologues, Improvisation-short form, Acting for Film/TV, Intro to Stage Combat, Acting; Scene Study, Commercial Audition Technique and Shakespeare performance.

Helen Hocker Theatre 
  
Education Staff Member
Taught a variety of creative dramatic classes and after school programs to inner city school sides (ages 4th-12th grade.) Directed and co-wrote many one act children's stories to serve as final workshop performances (ages 7-9, 12-15 years old). Was responsible for the caretaking and leadership of large classrooms of students (15-20)

Classes Taught (Location)

  • Intro to Shakespeare (FR)
  • Monologues (FR & HH)
  • Inprovisation - short form (FR & HH)
  • Yoga & Breathing for the Actor (FR)
  • Acting for Film/TV (FR)
  • Intor to Stage Combat (FR, HH, GCT, TAC)
  • Creative Dramatics (HH)
  • Acting: Scene Study (FR, HH, STAX)
  • Commercial Audition Technique (FR)
  • Actor's Corner (thing "Inside the Actor's Studio", each week with a different AEA company member) (FR)