Theater Arts Education


I strive to awaken actors of all ages to the exciting ability to nurture and trust their own unique instinct. This creates a freedom that is unparalleled and allows the actor to make choices that are individual, spontaneous and enthralling. I also strive to create an atmosphere that is based in the ensemble effort, so that one’s success is the success of all; and there is growth amidst this effort as well as on an individual basis.


AMDA (2008)

DePaul University Adjunct Faculty, MFA (2007)

Valparaiso University Guest Lecturer, Colloquium (2007)

Audition Studio Master Class, Guest Director (Chicago, 2007)

*After School Drama Club Teacher (2003-present)
Montessori Children's School
-creating curriculum for pre-3rd grade theater programming
-teaching long and short term projects

*Director of Education for Emerald City Theatre Company (2003-present)
-teaching classes
-interviewing and hiring of all teachers
-planning and managing educational events
-consulting with parents on classroom issues
-planning and marketing of all classes
-working to expand programming for ECTC's class offerings
-marketing off site programming, residencies, after school drama clubs
-running all After School Drama programs, hiring teachers, curriculum expectations, collaborating with schools, managing budgets
-create and manage all education budgets
-planning and execution of several summer camps on and off-site
-seeking partnerships with not for profit community organizations, chicago public schools, and various funding sources.
-creating study guides for all productions
-overseeing education manager and all interns
-creating tour projects that are literacy based
-created "Swimmy" which toured with Chicago Public Library and Shedd Aquarium to over 40 locations
-working with Executive Director Karen Cardarelli to shape and evolve the vision for the future of Emerald City's Theatre School.

*Drama Instructor for Alphonsus Adademy for the Arts (2003-2005)
-planning and teaching preschool - 3rd grade theatrical arts incorporated with lesson plans in the classroom. Long term and short term projects.

*Arts Coordinator - Alphonsus Academy for the Arts (2004-2005)
Serving to unite the artistic forces within the school by:
-consulting with teachers regarding use of theater arts in curriculums
-working with other arts teachers to unite mediums into a cohesive program

*Theater Fever: Get Loose With Seuss! (Emerald City) (2004)
Facilitated and taught theater class for wide age range and skill levels, games and exercises oriented around Dr. Seuss.

*Steppenwolf Arts Exchange (2002)
Fahrenheit 451 (Director)

Directed production of Fahrenheit 451 and facilitated workshops with teachers and instructors on how to proceed with classroom discussions re: the play vs the book; facilitate and participate in post show discussions with middle/high school students.

*Evanston Arts Summer Camp (2002)
Working with children ranging 5-12 yrs of age, theater exercises, imagination orientation, emotional exploration, improvisational and group storytelling.

*European Repertory Company UIC Student Scene Study Workshop (2002)
Students bring in a prepared scene for critical direction based on character development and thematic process.

*Coyote On A Fence Outreach and Gallery 37 workshops w/ Shattered Globe Theater(2001)
Coyote On A Fence (Director)

- Director of Outreach
facilitating post show discussions and dialogue with students re: subject matter of the play, actors process, production elements, thematic process, etc.

- Gallery 37
conducting theater workshops for Gallery 37 students mainly comprised of   theatrical exercises, discussion regarding rehearsal process, character development, Q&A.

*Francis Parker High School (2001-ongoing)
Substitute for Director of Theater Dept. Leslie Holland-Prior
Using techniques such as Viewpoints and other developmental strategies for rehearsal process, oversee scene selection and rehearsal.

*Steppenwolf Mentor Program (2000)
Each participant/theater professional is assigned a high school student, and together with theater exercises and games, create dialogue and write their own project based on a chosen theme. This dialogue is then cast among the teens, rehearsed intensively and eventually performed for the public. The mentor relationship is also expanded upon outside of the program with the theater professional. Each mentor/mentee experience is unique and may extend beyond the program itself.

*Illinois Arts Council Grant Recipient
Arts in Education Residency Program
Program provides support to primary and secondary educational institutions, community colleges, and local arts and community organizations for artist residencies lasting from one month to six months in one specific fiscal year.

*Near North Civic Center, West Town
Artistic Associate
Working with children from low income minority households to create a performance with 4 teachers and about 25 children, ranging in ages 6-14. The performance consists of a rhyming chronicle of Western Civilization, songs and poems referring to their community, and several dance pieces choreographed and performed by the students. I assist in staging, choreographing and rehearsing these pieces, as well as after school activities and homework help.   


University of Southern California (Theater emphasis)
2 years

Los Angeles Theater Academy, LACC
3 years

Collaborative Theater Workshop with Lanford Wilson

Humboldt State University


Larry Kulp, Louie Piday, Fred Fate, Winston Butler, Al Rossi, John Blankenchip, Paul Backer, Jane Alderman, Kate Fitzmaurice, Donna Tollefson, Karyn Klein, Scott Rowe, Bill White


Jeff Citation; Direction (Tracers)

Jeff Nomination; Direction (Coyote on a Fence)

Michael Maggio Directing Fellowship 2005-2006