I hold an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and Teacher Certification through the Society of American Fight Directors. I am also a Certified Teacher Candidate with the National Michael Chekhov Association. This 2012-2013 school year I am teaching Beginning Acting at the College of William & Mary, Practical Acting: Broadway to Boardroom at Christopher Newport University, stage combat at John Tyler Community College, public speaking at VCU, and several acting classes at Christian Youth Theatre. In the last year I taught a year of Advanced Movement for the Actor to BFA Theatre students at Virginia Commonwealth and have taught a variety of subjects with schools, theatres, at national or international workshops, and in private lessons. These include acting, stage combat, public speaking, and contemporary dramatic literature.
This page hosts my acting and movement teaching portfolio, curriculum vitae, and other materials of interest to potential employers within higher education, private school, conservatory programs or to individual students looking for instruction. If you are seeking information on my services as fight director or armorer, see Fight Designer, LLC., stage combat blog Them’s Fightin’ Words, or Fight Designer’s Facebook page.
My professional goal is to be able to pursue my passions as a full-time professor of acting, movement, stage combat, and other theatre topics in higher education. My pursuit of this goal has lead me and my family across the country for a graduate education at a top-ranked arts school, and one of the only programs offering a degree specifically in theatre pedagogy. VCU’s movement track played to my strengths as much as their acting pedagogy program challenged me to develop further as a performer and general teacher of theatre. I believe learning to be a lifelong pursuit, one teachers must not only facilitate but also model if they are to be current in their field and inspirational to their students. My current studies include teacher certification with National Michael Chekhov Association, a process I began in 2012.
As you can see from my CV, I bring to my work a diverse background of teaching, performance, directing and education, including an undergraduate liberal arts bachelor’s degree in psychology from the well-respected and highly-ranked Earlham College, a graduate certificate in social change leadership and communication skills from groundbreaking Antioch University Seattle, acting and directing experience for live theatre and the screen, publications, conference presentations, academic committee service, and more. I am eager to join an active educational and artistic community, and would love the chance to speak with you further about any openings you might have.
Thank you for your interest.