Teaching

Sometimes when I teach, I am focused on imparting a specific body of information to my students. I am thrilled to have had many opportunities to teach literature students about how theater people approach Shakespearean verse, offering them a glimpse into a totally different way of finding meaning in this text.

But most of the teaching I do isn’t primarily about an exchange of information. Rather, I am trying to give my students an experience of connecting with their imaginations, a chance to play and express themselves, an opportunity to discover something they might not have been in touch with when they walked in the room.

I have done this kind of teaching in many contexts: with University level students, with elementary aged campers in a settlement house camp, with recently-arrived immigrants in many ESL classes, with displaced people in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Each of these experiences challenges me in a different way – it is never a one-size-fits-all activity. But there is an ethos that carries through, something I try to bring to every teaching opportunity I have. I approach each group with a spirit of delight in discovery, and with the joy of being a beginner, of always finding something new in the work we do together.

Recent teaching experience:

  • UC Santa Cruz (classes and workshops with a variety of students; public talks about “Arden/Everywhere”)
  • UC Irvine (Devised a piece with Theater and Non-Theater students)
  • UCLA (classes and workshops with undergrad and graduate English students, and Theater students; public talk about “Arden/Everywhere”)
  • Luna Stage and Valley Settlement House, West Orange NJ (created a play from stories written by ten year old summer campers)

Upcoming:

  • Shakespeare Association of America Conference (April 2019)
  • Rice University (Sept., 2019)
  • Boise State University (Oct., 2019)
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