I began my career as a teaching artist with SMARTS - Students Motivated by the Arts in Youngstown, OH in 2001, helping to deliver free quality arts education to K-12 students in Youngstown City schools. I created interactive dance and theater classes designed to promote literacy and foster a safe place for creativity, self-discovery and team building. I have trained as a Teaching Artis with The Metropolitan Opera's Education Department and Lincoln Center Education's Teaching Artist Development Labs. 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.
Currently on faculty at Hamilton Madison House on the Lower East Side, I teach private voice lessons and facilitate a workshop I created entitled "Secrets of Successful Teens." This class explores personal development through theatrical improvisation, role playing, and group discussion in order to help teens thrive in today's world.
I am available to facilitate after school and weekend workshops as well as in-class arts integration activities to compliment current classroom curriculum. I have also successfully administered theater and improvisation based workshops for seniors, adults with special needs and business professionals alike. I also provide master classes in performance and audition techniques and personal presentation meant to help young performers find their confidence and authenticity.
“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"