Leading Through Education
Viterbo University Fall 2021 - Present
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Conservatory for the Performing Arts' Theatre & Music Theatre Program
Instructor for the following courses: Principles of Arts Management, Performing Arts Management, MUTH Senior Showcase, Music Theatre Lab 170 -Freshman, 270 - Sophomore, 370- Seniors, Musical Theatre Scene Study I & II, Practicum, Acting III, Introduction to Stage Management, Stage Management studio, Acting Studio: On-camera Edition, Production Collaboration. As well as director for: Everybody('22), Carrie: The Musical ('22), Pirates of Penzance (upcoming in March 2023!)
Monterey Peninsula College Spring 2019 - Summer 2021
Theatre Arts Department Chair & Artistic Director
Instructor for the following courses: Intro to Theatre, Acting I & II, Acting for the Camera I & II, Screenwriting I & II, Writing for the Theatre I & II, Film Appreciation, Intercultural Drama. As well as director for: Frankenstein ('19), The New Works Festival ('20), Perseverance ('21)
San Diego City College Spring & Fall 2018
Adjunct Professor - Drama Department
Worked in partnership with the Drama Department to teaching the following courses; Introduction to drama, Acting - Beginning, Acting - Intermediate. In addition, I served as substitute in many additional performance courses.
Southwestern College Spring 2017-Fall 2018
Adjunct Professor – Performance Studies
Worked in partnership with the Performing Arts Department to teaching the following courses: Acting 1 and Improvisation. As well as directed three productions, two mountings of their New Play Festival as well as Our Town. I worked with the students in writing workshops to help cultivate their individiual voices and write their one-act plays for the New Play Festival. I also served on the campuses SLO committee to help clean up and write new student learning objectives for the Performing Arts Department.
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
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)