Lyric Stage Company of Boston     

Boston, MA         

Associate Artistic Director

        July 2018 – present

Emerson College    

Boston, MA         

Senior Affiliated Faculty

        September 2002 – present

Recipient of the 2012 Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching

 

Undergraduate

  • Intro to Acting I

  • Audition and Monologue Techniques (Pre-College Acting Studio)

  • Fundamentals of Directing I

  • Directing II

  • Languages of the Stage

  • Theatre as a Collaborative Art

Graduate

  • Directing Theory and Practice

  • Chair and Reader, Various Thesis Papers and Projects

Undergraduate & Graduate

  • Playwriting with Youth—Developed and created curriculum for the class. Through this program (Coyote Theatre Project) and the original Coyote Theatre program (Tremont Street Project) more than 200 new plays have been written by at-risk youth of Boston.

 

Emerson Summer Stage
for High School Students    

Boston, MA

Program Director

       January 2004 – August 2009        

  • Acting and Musical Theatre Programs. This intensive, college-prep, five-week program  consisted of daily classes in Contemporary Monologues & Audition Technique, Acting Studio 1, Musical Theatre Studio, Shakespeare, Dance, and Voice and Movement as well as weekly Master Classes in areas such as Acting for the Camera, Improvisation, Physical Comedy, Solo Performance, Stage Make-Up, Viewpoints, Auditions, and Stage Combat (armed and unarmed).  Each student performed a classic and contemporary monologue or sonnet as well as a 10–15 minute piece specifically chosen to highlight and challenge their talents.

  • Designed and created both program and curriculums. Worked with Brynna Bloomfeld to create and implement the Stage Design Program, which began in 2008.

  • Selected and supervised all faculty, staff, and students. Taught Shakespeare, coached monologues and sonnets, selected and directed final scenes. For the summer of 2009, the program enrolled 19 students in Acting and 17 in Musical Theatre.

 

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company    

Boston, MA

Director of Education & Outreach         

        May 2000 – December 2002

Administrative Assistant         

        August 2000 – September 2002

  • Selected and worked with 20+ college interns per season in all aspects of production.

  • Directed and toured a 90-minute production to several area parks.

  • Structured classes and workshops for college interns.

  • Arranged and trained interns to lead approximately 50 workshops on Shakespeare and his theatre to student groups in Boston and surrounding areas. 

  • Arranged for groups of students to attend a performance and meet with members of the cast.

 

The Coyote Theatre    

Boston, MA

Artistic Director         

        July 2004  – October 2005

Associate Artistic Director         

        September 1998 – October 2002

Tremont Street Project (Coyote Theatre’s Education & Outreach Program)

    Playmaking Teacher and Director

  • Spring 1998 – September 2003 (Program then became an Emerson College coursePlaywriting with Youth)

  • Working with inner-city, at-risk youth teaching them the fundamentals of playmaking, leading them in a writers weekend working one-on-one with professional playwrights, and producing and directing the premieres of their 10-minute plays.

 

Education

Emerson College

Boston, MA

M.A. in Theatre Education 

 

Cabrini College Radnor, PA

B.A. in English, concentration in Theatre 

            Cum Laude, Cabrini Honor Society

            Theatre Department Award for Excellence 

            Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 

 

Professional Training

  • Inclusive Excellence Faculty Fellow, Emerson College, May 2014

  • Information Literacy Collaborative, Emerson College, May 2010 

  • Improvisation workshop with Emerson faculty led by Keith Johnstone, April 2008

  • Improvisation workshop with Emerson faculty led by Keith Johnstone, May 2007

  • 52nd Street Project’s Playmaking workshop, taught by project founder Daniel Judah Sklar, Feb. 2001

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