I aim to create a safe environment and an energetic space. I lead students to make discoveries and have ownership over their material. I am available for coaching students privately, teaching workshops, and classes as my schedule permits. Please contact me to learn more or to inquire about booking and scheduling.
After graduating from Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Acting, I returned to my hometown of Seattle. I completed the Taproot Theatre Acting Studio Internship, and the Seattle Children's Theatre Teaching Artist Apprenticeship. As a teaching artist, I've worked with Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Youth Theatre Northwest, Taproot Theatre, and am the former Director of Education at Bainbridge Performing Arts.
I've taught and developed curriculum for a varying age range of students, from as young as 3 1/2, through young professionals, and adults. I teach story drama, creative drama, movement, theatre dance, musical theatre, acting and Shakespeare. I also coach private students in monologues and audition technique. My teaching style is influenced by the Stanislavski acting technique, and I like to incorporate aspects of movement and physical theatre where appropriate.
I currently work as the Education Coordinator for Seattle Shakespeare Company. Part of my job is teaching Shakespeare residencies to students in Elementary though High School. I also write curriculum, contribute to study guides, and manage the @SSCEducation Instagram account.
While I began my career in theatre as an actor, I've always had an interest in the whole story. I've been blessed to work with some amazing directors. I've learned from them as an actor, or an assistant director. This has allowed me to steal their great ideas, and develop my own directing style. I am particularly grateful to have assisted Teresa Thuman with Sound Theatre Company (Three time Gregory Award recipient for Theatre of the Year) on the 2013 production of Holiday of Errors, and have her as a friend and mentor.
I believe that no matter what the age, or skill level the performers you're working with, the text is always the jumping off point. Using all theatrical elements, I want to communicate the story we're trying to tell in the clearest, most cohesive way possible. With actors, I always encourage bold choices, strong actions and beat changes.
My directing resume is available to download.