CREATIVE, COLLABORATIVE EDUCATION
With a foundation of Creative Dramatics at Northwestern University and a practical love of the world-building, persuasive powers of language, I teach Literature, Theater, and Writing as complementary disciplines.
Creative Drama is immersive, improvisatory, non-performative story-making that transforms play instincts into dramatic skills. Led by a teacher, participants complete activities and make decisions that shape a narrative.
My training at Northwestern University with professors Rives Colins and Betsy Quinn and my mentorship with Kennedy Center artist Karen Erickson have given me a strong foundation from which to create curriculum or lead dramas.
I lead several ready-to-go Creative Dramas but can also customize dramas to connect to curriculum.
SMART PLAYS FOR YOUNG PERFORMERS
As a high school theater teacher, I know the difficulty of finding a smart, relevant, appropriate script that accommodates every performer in your program and gives them each a moment to shine.
If you're fatigued by play databases or have unique goals for your student population, consider commissioning me to create an original work suited to your educational and performance goals.
Pricing is more reasonable than you think--and comes with the added value of students originating roles and engaging directly with the playwright.
PERSONAL STATEMENTS FOR COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
College applications are my favorite student writing prompt. The marriage of an open-ended, personal task with a concrete, practical end produces meaningful content and purposeful style. I provide questions, examples, and feedback that guide students toward a "600-words-or-less" personal statement that will introduce colleges to their authentic selves in their most effective voice.
If you are a rising junior or senior in the Jacksonville area, consider attending my workshop July 30 - August 2.
DRAMATURGY & PLAY DEVELOPMENT
Dramaturgy has emerged as an increasingly important part of play creation and production. After an initial reading of your script and an in-depth conversation with you about your vision and voice, I edit for clarity and producibility, research for depth and accuracy, and anticipate audience reactions and questions in order to sharpen your script into a vital and viable work.
I served as a teaching assistant in the undergraduate playwriting program at Northwestern University, where I also began the PLAYground festival of Fresh Works, now in its tenth year. I have taught playwriting to high school students and worked with professional and emerging authors to refine their work for the stage.
SHAKESPEAREAN TEXT COACHING
My experience as a student, teacher, actor, and director of Shakespeare sharpened my insight into not only 17th century texts but the modern reader who encounters them. Whether I am working with the leading lady or a struggling student, I use the same clear vocabulary and character insights to access the logic and humanity in Shakespeare's works.
I have served as a judge for the English Speaking Union's annual Shakespeare competition and coached high-placing competitors on to the next level. Whether you want to increase understanding and improve performance on a test or on the stage, I can help.
TUTORING IN LANGUAGE ARTS
As an English teacher of seven years and a qualified AP Language & Composition teacher and reader, I can help students with grammar, rhetorical techniques, essay organization, research, and writing in an academic voice.
My instruction revolves around identifying and mastering patterns of language and story as well as habits of working that can serve students in their current class and beyond.
Please contact me about scheduling and rates during the school year.