“The arts are the most powerful tools we have to help young people develop core values like teamwork, creativity and empathy. Social skills and self-confidence are supercharged when we foster creativity, curiosity and collaboration.” - Amanda Beagle
My history with SMARTS dates back to 2001 when I was a sophomore vocal performance major at Youngstown State University. During that time, I worked on a team or teaching artists that facilitated the Metropolitan Opera Guild's education program called Creating an Original Opera in which students wrote, produced and performed their own works of musical theatre. SMARTS was also my community service platform for Miss Ohio and Miss America.
I have trained as a Teaching Artist with The Metropolitan Opera's Education Department, Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist Development Labs and with The City College of New York's Education Theater program. Fundamental to my teaching philosophy, I believe all students can benefit from an active participation in the arts. I champion integrating arts activities into classroom curriculum and after school programming as a tool to motivate students to learn and succeed.
“A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities, and habits of mind of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts. ”
— Eric Booth, The History of Teaching Artistry"