Teaching Philosophy

Teaching and Diversity Statement

Teaching Experience
 
Purdue University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Directing and Performance
 
Undergraduate Courses
 
THTR 133 - Survey of Acting (2 Sections)
Introductory level acting course for non-majors focusing on objective based acting techniques and collaborative devising processes. Students work on developing communication skills through one fifteen-minute devised group project, a two person scene, and a ninety-second monologue. 
 
THTR 201 - Theatre Appreciation (Hybrid Course)
Broad approach introduction to world theatre and performance. Course emphasizes the historical intersections between society, dramatic literature, and theatrical performance. 
THTR 233 - Acting 1: Acting Technique
Beginning training and exercises in the basic elements of acting, including vocal and physical preparation, sensory awareness, releasing the imagination and a basic understanding of action and objective. Staging exercises and terminology are emphasized.
THTR 440 - Directing 1: Page to Stage
Senior level course for theatre majors focusing on script analyis and staging techniques for directors. Students develop analytical tools for reading, conceptualizing, and staging contemporary dramatic literature. 
Syllabus
Texas State University
 
Lecturer in Directing (Full-Time Graduate Faculty Appointment)
         Graduate Courses
 
TH 5342 / TH 4360 – MFA Studio I: Working with Actors 
This course focuses on work with actors. Students will explore various rehearsal methods, motifs and strategies. Students will direct two scenes, a ten-minute play, and a one act play to explore effective ways of working with actors. Stacked course with undergraduate student actors.
TH 5303 - History of Directing and Scenography
Survey course focusing on the history and theory of directing and scenic design from the late 19th century through the early 21st century. Emphasis is on major figures and companies who shaped the methods and aesthetics of the contemporary director.
Syllabus
TH 5304 / TH 4360 - MFA Studio 4: Devised and Experimental Directing
This course focuses on developing techniques for working with ensembles to create original and experiemental work. Students will develop a forty-five minute devised performance using an iterative method of rehearsal. Emphasis on physical and collaborative theatre techniques such as Viewpoints and Suzuki.  Stacked course with undergraduate student actors serving as ensemble members. 
 
TH 5313 - Conceptualization and Composition 
This course investigates conceiving and developing a production concept and/or production context. It also explores how the concept/context is useful in the formation of a plan of "staging" and/or exhibition. Production implications that result from conceptualization, context, and composition are discussed and workshopped.
Syllabus
Undergraduate Courses
TH 4364 – Directing I (2 Sections)
A study of the fundamentals of directing with practical experience provided by directing scenes. Students direct two five to ten minute scenes while developing dramaturgical tools for pre-production research and conceptualization.
Syllabus
TH4360 - Viewpoints and Devising Theatre
This studio course introduces devising methods to give students a toolbox for the craft of ensemble-based devising using the Viewpoints system of physical theatre. Students will utilize the Viewpoints system in systematic approach to create a 15 minute collaborative devised performance project.
Syllabus
University of Colorado Boulder
 
Instructor
THTR 4021 – American Theatre and Drama 
Explores issues in American theatre and drama in the 19th through 20th centuries. 
 
Syllabus
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THTR 1009 – Intro to Theatre (2 Sections)
Introduces the varieties of artists to the total production, and the place of theatre art in today's society. Designed for non-majors.
 
Syllabus
Evaluations
 
THTR 1003 – Acting 1 (3 Sections)
Introductory course designed to explore creativity, collaboration, and communication in the craft of acting. Focuses on basic terms and concepts of psychological realism fundamental to the actors' process through solo work.  
 
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Teaching Assistant
THTR 3011 – American Musical Theatre History 
Studies the American musical theatre heritage and its relation to the continually changing social milieu. Examines productions, their creators, and performers. 
 
THTR 1009 – Intro to Theatre 
 Introduces the varieties of artists to the total production, and the place of theatre art in today's society. Designed for non-majors. 
 
 
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