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Community Leadership & Teaching Experience
Participant and Recruitment Coordinator, Toynbee Arts Admin, Geraldine Pilgrim; London, 2013
Liaised with several organisations and staff to recruit volunteer performers for a production celebrating the history of Toynbee Hall and Studios
Director of Community Programs, The House Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2001-2012
Participated in the development of a mission statement, brand, and artistic visionfor a successful, nationally acclaimed Theatre Company
Designed and delivered all education and community programs including workshops, in-school residencies and summer camps (age 4–adult.)
Created and launched “On The House”–a program that subsidizes and underwrites ticket and transportation costs for communities that cannot afford or easily access productions.
Collaborated with Director of Development on grant writing and fundraising efforts to support all education and community programs.
Developed and maintained partnerships with teachers and community leaders.
Managed group sales for students; organized and led post-show discussions with audiences.
Organized performances for low-vision communities.
Collaborated with Chicago’s leading theatres in a citywide effort to address youth violence in Chicago
Professional Development Leader, The Lyric Opera; Chicago, IL 2011
Led workshop on ‘creating story through music’ for Chicago Area Teachers
Guest Theatre Director, Bradley University- Peoria, IL 2009-2010
Led college students and faculty through a year-long development process for creating a new adaptation of Pinocchio. • Directed full university production with students and faculty.
Professional Development Leader, Chicago Public Schools; Chicago, IL 2008-2010
Provided hands on teaching tools and drama activities for academic and arts teachers
Lead Drama Teacher, Camp Red Kite, Chicago Children's Theatre; Chicago, Il 2012
Led drama curriculum for children with autism, focusing on social skills
Lead Teaching Artist, Lookingglass Theatre- Chicago, IL 2001-2012
Designed and integrated drama and dance curricula with academic curricula
Led students and faculty through workshops around violence, teen pregnancy, racism, bullying.
Lead Teaching Artist, Redmoon Theatre- Chicago, IL 2008-2010
Collaborated with Redmoon artists and Chicago School teachers to design and administer arts integrated drama and art installation activities for 7th and 8th grade students.
Coached School Principal on giving school wide addresses and speeches
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
MA Performance, Design and Practice
British American Drama Academy
Philippe Gaulier: “Clown,” “Le Jeu” Paris, France
Lecoq LEM: “The Masked Body,” Paris, France: Pascale Lecoq, Jos Houben
Théatre de Complicité Workshops: Lilo Baur, Mick Barnfather, Richard Katz
Collaborative Arts Lab, Columbia University, New York: Gideon Lester, David Levine
Lynda Barry: ‘Writing the Unthinkable’ Indiana University Writing Conference
Voice and Singing Training for Performance: Gigi Buffington, Doug Peck
Chicago Shakespeare First Folio Workshop: Larry Yando
Sojourn Theatre workshops on Community/Issue Based Theatre: Michael Rohd
500 Clown Physical Theatre: Molly Brennan, Paul Kalina
Awards and Recognition
Disney's Pervasive Gaming Award, NEM Arts Hackathon, 2013
Chicago CAAP (Community Arts Assistant Program) Recipient 2009, 2012
Joseph Jefferson Award, Best Ensemble, The Sparrow, 2007
Joseph Jefferson Nomination, Principal Actress, The Sparrow, 2007
Joseph Jefferson Nomination, Supporting Actress, Musical, Valentine Victorious, 2006
Top Ten Performances, Chicago Tribune for The Sparrow, 2007
Top Ten Dance Performances, Chicago Sun Times for The Sparrow, 2007