Picking students for an improv game. Summer camp 2015.
Teaching students in the Introduction to Theatre course at Booker T. Washington High School, the Academy of the Arts for Norfolk Public Schools. April 2016. As a full-time employee I also taught Advanced Acting and Technical Theatre courses.
One of the greatest pieces of mail I have ever received! My bachelor's degree is in Theatre, not Education. I had no interest in a lateral entry program where I'd spend hours studying in addition to lesson planning, or spending hundreds of dollars trying to get one of these. I wanted to be a teacher but found many education classes reiterated common sense. I focused on my subject area and related fields, such as Psychology, to prepare for the great responsibility I have to my students.
I graduated from college with a theatre degree when the Great Recession hit. Despite so many school districts cutting their funding I was able to find a job as an Art teacher at a private school in Pembroke Pines, FL. My first year I actually taught first grade, and my last two years at that campus I taught Art and Drama before being transferred to their Preschool in Cooper City, FL, where I was a lead teacher for 3-year olds. It was adorable. Even though I had to potty train kids and deal with them if they refused to take a nap, it was the cutest job and I loved being with my babies. But after awhile I knew it just wasn’t for me.
I got my start as a Directing Intern with the Greensboro Children’s Theatre in North Carolina where I directed an abridged version of Sheridan’s The Rivals, and then I headed over to Texas where I was an Education Intern at the Dallas Children’s Theatre, which TIME magazine rated as one of the top 5 theatres for youth in the United States. Since that auspicious beginning I have been a Creative Dramatics Specialist at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre (now the Florida Children’s Theatre) and Teacher and Director at the Hurrah Players, which is Virginia’s premiere family theatre.