I was the Education Services Manager at the Lutz Children's Museum in Manchester, CT from September 2019 to December 2020. I was the Programming and Education Assistant at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry from May 2018 to May 2019 where I lead workshops and tours for pre-school to senior groups and every age in between.
I began teaching workshops as a company member of Shakespeare Outreach in Houston, TX from 2003 - 2009. We held residencies at middle schools and high schools with at-risk students in the inner city. We directed productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, and Hamlet. We also toured a five person adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. During a two year run I played "Romeo", "Tybalt", and "Friar Lawrence". I also choreographed the sword fights. From 2007 - 2009 I taught film making workshops with Shakespeare Outreach coordinator and film actor Rutherford Cravens (ˆGet Out, No Country For Old Men, Ray) to middle school students at after school programs for Project Rowhouses and KIPP Academy.
From 2009 - 2013 I ran the film acting program at the Houston Academy of Dramatic Arts. During this time we created a successful summer workshop for elementary and middle school students. The 2 week summer course allowed for each student to write their own screenplay. Each student also had the opportunity to act and direct in their classmate's films. In Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 I created a year long Saturday film course for middle school aged students. In each semester 10 students created 10 films.
From 2013-2015 I was a guest instructor as part of the Young Actor's Conservatory at Stage Repertory Theatre in Houston, TX. There I taught high school students from around the city stage combat at puppet building. Each student made a sock puppet under my direction, they then created a character, wrote a monologue, and performed with their new sock puppet. Attention was given to manipulation and the overall performance. The students were also paired up and learned choreography for unarmed, sword, and knife fights.
From 2014 -2016 I worked at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry as a workshop leader. I taught workshops to school groups, home schools groups, church groups, cub scouts, adult clubs, and senior centers in shadow puppetry, mask, rod puppet building, and toy theater. I also assisted in giving lectures and demonstrations at local libraries and churches with my fellow grad students and UConn Puppet Arts Program Head, Bart Roccoberton.