Acting class at Hurrah Players
Acting class at Hurrah Players

Picking students for an improv game. Summer camp 2015.

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Stage Makeup Design & Application
Stage Makeup Design & Application

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.

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Teaching License
Teaching License

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.

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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.