TEACHING RESUME :: 

 
 Teaching an "Exploring Viewpoints" workshop at the Iowa Thespian Festival (2012). All my courses combine theory with active participation.

INSTRUCTOR OF THEATRE ARTS -- Dubuque Area Arts Collective, Spring 2014-present.
Acting - Foundations: A semester-long introduction to theories and craft skills of acting.
Acting - Improvisation: A workshop introduction to improvisational acting and principles.

GUEST ARTIST -- Iowa Thespian Festival, Fall 2011, 2012, 2013.
Masks, Mischief & Mayhem: Through 16th century Italian commedia dell'arte stock character masks, physical comedy, and characterizations, actors explore dynamic physical expression for the stage. (Fall 2012)
Exploring Viewpoints: Participants will explore shape, gesture, kinetic response, spatial relationship, and other Viewpoints as tools for spontaneity, awareness, and creating characters and performances. This workshop is active, engaging, thoughtful, and very useful for actors creating captivating stage roles or devising new, original performances. (Fall 2011, reprized for 2012.)

GUEST DIRECTOR -- Fine & Performing Arts Department, University of Dubuque, Fall 2012.
The Last Five Years:
Directed the fall musical production of The Last Five Years in an academic setting (and taking teachable moments!).  Production served as context for coursework in:
     Production Techniques (UDTH 210)
     
Capstone (UDTH 358)

DRAMA TEACHER ("TRANSFIGURATION PROFESSOR") -- Great Midwestern Educational Theatre Company: Frogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry Summer Camp, Summer 2012.
Drama K-5: 
Drama games and play.
Drama 6-8: Storytelling and play.
Drama 9-12: Voice, movement, and tableau storytelling.

INSTRUCTOR OF ACTING & MOVEMENT -- Sturgis Youth Theatre, Spring 2012.
Acting II: (co-taught) Scene study course building on the Acting I course.
Movement for the Actor: (cancelled, under-enrolled): Development of physical freedom (expression), exploring movement techniques, and physical characterization.
Physical Comedy & Stage Combat: Safe practices for selling staged violence and physical comedy.

STUDENT-INSTRUCTOR OF VOICE -- School of Music, UNI, Spring 2012.
Non-Major Applied Music (Voice): Taught one juried section of voice in completion of studies in Vocal Pedagogy. In addition to the practice and performance of two contrasting pieces, instruction included units in music theory (basic music reading, piano playing), vocal technique (breathing, resonance, diction), artistry (interpretation, communication, performance skills), and vocal health.

GUEST ARTIST -- Acting for the Camera Workshop, Great River Film Initiative, 2011.
Introduction to Acting & On-Camera Technique
(Session)
Cold Readings, Auditions, and the Business of Acting
(Session)
Stunt Work (Mini-Session)
Voiceover
(Mini-Session)
Filmmaking Master Class
(Lecturer)

INSTRUCTOR OF MOVEMENT, GUEST DIRECTOR -- "Acting Out!", EI/WI Scouts, Fall 2009.
Movement for the Actor: Workshops exploring movement and Laban-based performance.
Readers' Theatre:
Directed two cumulative readers’ theatre performances.

TEACHING ASSISTANT -- Young Performing Artists Class, Grand Opera House, Summer 2009.

Related Production & Coaching Work

COMBAT CHOREOGRAPHER / CAPTAIN -- A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bard-in-the-Yard, 2012.

VOICE & MOVEMENT CAPTAIN -- Goose Neck, UNISTA, dir. Liz Cook, 2011.

YOUTH ACTING COACH , ASST. DIRECTOR -- Striking Out (short), Great River Films, 2009. -- Best Acting, Madison 48-Hour Film Project.

As a director, I incorporate a great deal of actor coaching into rehearsal, especially in college and community theatre productions.

My primary acting teachers have been Richard Glockner, Gwendolyn Schwinke, Susan Schuld, and Tyler Hayes Stillwill.  My training has extensively included the Meisner and Stanislavsky-based approaches, the Linklater Progress, Feldenkrais Method, Viewpoints, Laban Efforts, and Checkov Work.  I studied Theatre in Education under Gretta Breghammer and Voice/Music Pedagogy under Dr. Jean McDonald.

SAMPLE COURSE MATERIALS

Click the links below for PDF files.

Acting: Foundations (101) Syllabus
used in class
, spring 2014 semester

for a hypothetical collegiate semester,
adapted from Gwendolyn Schwinke
used in collegiate production,
A Midsummer Nigh
t's Dream, 2012

 Phelps Acting Practice Room, UNI