Pedagogy

With six years of teaching experience, I have taught courses in theatre history, musical theatre and music drama, script analysis, and performance. I have also created workshops and lectures on dramaturgy and new play development. Most recently, the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences awarded me with the Elizabeth Baranger Award for Excellence in Teaching. 

Courses Taught

World Theatre History

Three-part world theatre history sequence designed to explore the development of dramatic forms, theatre practices, and performance from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present. Students explore histories of theatre and performance (including scripts, designs, audiences, conventions, cultural functions, etc.) within social, political, and cultural contexts. Course focuses on historiography, history as a narrative, and research. Students examine case studies orally in class and in a final term paper.

Contemporary Global Stages: Global Musicals and Music Drama

Self-designed course that examines the ways that music performance, dance, and literature have been incorporated in disparate artistic forms across geographies. Focuses on global and transnational connections, as well as problematic concepts such as universality, tourism, and commercialism. Geographies include the U.K., New Zealand, West Africa, China, and Japan. Class assignments include discussion, oral presentations, short writing reflections, and term papers.

Introduction to Dramatic Art

Entry-level course for majors and non-majors that focuses on the methods of script analysis and play interpretation. Students read plays from across world theatre history and write interpretive papers in addition to seeing live performance and writing critical reviews. Emphasis on dramatic criticism, writing, and dramaturgical methods.The course culminates in a production proposal assignment in which students assemble a portfolio for a potential theatre producer and argue for their plays to be included in a season. 

Introduction to Performance

Beginning performance course that develops introductory acting skills through warm-ups, exercises, improvisations, and scene study. Students are asked to engage in the physicality, vocality, and interiority of a character. Performance theories derive from Stanislavski, Chekhov, and Meisner techniques. Assignments include monologues, scenes, and the creation of a solo performance piece. Course also provides an introduction to basic theatre terminology and fosters the ability to respond to and reflect on theatrical performances.