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.