I've taught students ranging from kindergarten to high school. I have lesson plans centered on both arts-based and arts-integrated learning.
My workshops bring student artists to their feet. Even my writing-centered workshops are meant to activate both the body and the mind.
I have studied Teaching Artistry under Tam Dalrymple Frye, DCPA's first Executive Director of Education. I also partook in the DCPA's Teaching Artist Lab, an 8-week intensive under Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, the current DCPA Director of Education and Curriculum Management.
My workshops have engaged students from Green Mountain High School, Aspen High School, DSST Byers, Ricks Center for Gifted Children, and DCPA's High School Devised Musical program.
My lesson plans cultivate these National Art Standards:
1. Theatre: Anchor Standard 1 (Creating): “Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work”; 8a. “Imagine and explore multiple perspectives and solutions to staging problems in a drama/theatre work.”
2. Theatre: Anchor Standard 2 (Creating): “Organize and develop artistic ideas and work”; 5a. “Devise original ideas for a drama/theatre work that reflect collective inquiry about characters and their given circumstances.”
My pedagogy embraces 21st Century Skills:
1. Critical Thinking & Reasoning: Recognizing historical patterns and relationships, and applying that understanding in a creative context.
2. Imagination: Unlocking one's own creative ideas to apply scriptwriting in original and adaptive contexts.
My workshops engage Gardner's Multiple Intelligences:
1. Kinesthetic: Activating bodies to activate minds.
2. Linguistic: Engaging language through verbal and written exercises.
Write on! (Write without hesitance & trust your instincts)
When writing a play, a novel, or even a final paper, writer’s block can be your worst enemy. It’s crucial to clear your head, get the words on paper, and worry about specifics and revision later!
In this workshop, students will learn practical tools and exercises to overcome writer's block and develop their storytelling sensibilities.
On December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon had one of the most infamously hilarious White House meetings of all time. Fact truly is stranger than fiction – and sometimes, History makes for the best stories!
In this workshop, students will combine historical learning with narrative tools to create fun skits out of this bizarre event.