THEATRE EDUCATOR, DIRECTOR, Producer AND PUPPETEER

EDUCATION
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
Graduated: May 2012

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN    
Bachelor of Arts Double Majoring in Theatre Arts and Global Studies        
Graduated: May 2006

       
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE                     

Adjunct Instructor at the University of Sioux Falls

  • Stage Management                    

Graduate Instructor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Creative Drama
  • Introduction to Theatre


Guest Lecturer at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Introduction to Theatre

Guest Lecturer at Augustana College                    

  • Senior Seminar

Guest Lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Acting 1
  • Acting 2
  • Theatre History


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS                
Puppeteers of America
Theatre for Young Audiences/USA

PROFESSIONAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE

Freelance Theatre Educator, St. Vincent and the Grenadines
January 2017-Present

  • Teaching literacy workshops at area primary schools using Applied Theatre methods
  • Coaching young adults for drama competition


Managing Artistic Director, Haymarket Theatre, Lincoln, NE
September 2014-December 2016

  • Curation and production of a 12-show season
  • Direction of 14 productions (one in process)
  • Creation and implementation of educational programming
  • Creation of a paid directing internship for emerging directors
  • Management of promotional and marketing efforts
  • Creation of 2016 mainstage season marketing materials
  • Curation of social media content
  • Training of box office and concession volunteers
  • Facility management
  • Hiring and management of contract designers
  • Student recruitment
  • Website maintenance
  • Creation and maintenance of facility calendar and schedule


Adjudicator, Omaha Performing Arts, Omaha, NE
September 2014-Present

  • Give constructive written feedback to high school theatre directors
  • Report feedback in a timely manner while keeping in guidelines


Director of Education and Outreach, Dakota Players, Sioux Falls, SD
September 2012- August 2014

  • Creating supplemental educational programing for regular touring programs
  • Staff recruitment and company training
  • New play development and creation
  • Costume design and building
  • New project development
  • Grant writing
  • Budget creation
  • Co-creating projects for Children’s Care Hospital and School and NASA.


Adjunct Instructor, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD            
September 2013- May 2014            

  • Taught Stage Management
  • Advised Students
  • Directed winter production of Doubt: A Parable


Judge, South Dakota Regional One-Act and Oral Interpretation Competition
Fall 2012 - Fall 2014

  • Judged regional one-act competition
  • Gave professional critique and feedback
  • Judged both One-Acts and individual Oral Interpretation


Long-Term Substitute Teacher, Punahou, Honolulu, HI                
September 2011-May 2012                

  • Taught Acting for Musical Theatre
  • Consultant to the director
  • Fostered students a deeper understanding of movement
  • Helped students develop skills in coordination and teamwork.


Speak Out Facilitator, Operation Military Kids, Honolulu, HI                
February 2010- May 2012                

  • Created nationally used curriculum for children from military families
  • Utilized the arts as a medium for youth expression
  • Integrated visual art, film and theatre in curriculum

    
Actor/Director, Children’s Theatre Company of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD        

Summer 2010 & 2011

  • Directed and performed in a touring theatre production with up to 50 community children
  • Maintained Costumes, Lights and Sets
  • Created expense reports


Teaching Artist, Allied Arts, Bellingham, WA                    
September 2008-July 2009                    

  • Created and implemented an anti-bullying curriculum
  • Culminated in Performance


Youth Voices Coordinator AmeriCorps, Power of Hope, Bellingham, WA
September 2007-August 2008

  • Created and implemented programing using a variety of artistic media (theatre, mural painting, hip hop, radio production, activism, creative writing)
  • Coordinated several residential summer camps


AmeriCorps Volunteer, Cispus AmeriCorps, Randle, WA                    
September 2006-August 2007                

  • Managed and maintained theatre arts space
  • Maintained technical elements of theatre space
  • Trained volunteers
  • Stage managed a 4-show summer stock season


RELATED ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Masters Thesis
September 2011-May 2012
My thesis project was to create and implement a curriculum that incorporates visual art, community service, creative writing and drama. The curriculum was designed for rural communities that have limited access to the arts. I implemented the curriculum on the remote island of Molokai. The goal of this curriculum was to give students a deeper sense of community and a greater understanding of the arts.

                        
ArtsBridge Scholarship                    
Spring 2011                    
As a part of the ArtsBridge program, I created and implemented a curriculum at Moanaloa High School on the island of Oahu. I taught creative writing in an ESL classroom. The students created monologues about identity that were then performed by drama students at the University of Hawaii.

                        
Director, Terrididdle Tales, University of Hawaii
Fall 2010
I directed a play with adult actors for youth preschool-2nd grade. Over 700 children were able to attended the performance. As part of this production, I conducted post-show activities with one of the schools to help deepen their understanding of the play.

                        
Intern, Central Touring Theatre, St. Paul, MN                    
Spring 2006                    
I assisted the Central Touring Theatre in the creation, performance and tour of a devised theatre project. Through a series of facilitated sessions, students created the performance out of their own experiences. The topics discussed in the performance included issues of race, sexuality, bullying, drug and alcohol use, and family pressures.

                        
Undergraduate Research Project on Indian Street Theatre                
September 2003-June 2004                
As part of my undergraduate research and thesis, I created and implemented a research project in Rajasthan, India studying how street theatre has been used as a method for social change from the Indian independence movement to current time. I created programing in both city centers and rural villages.


DIRECTING CREDIT


Production                                              Company                                                      Year                                        
PinocchioAugustana College2017
Santaland DiariesThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
Peter/WendyLincoln Lutheran 2016
Wizard of OzThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
Attack of the ZombiesThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
Three MusketeersThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
Guys and DollsThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
Best in the WestThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
CinderellaThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
The PillowmanThe Haymarket Theatre
2016
The Time MachineThe Haymarket Theatre
2016

The Snow Queen 

The Haymarket Theatre2015
UrinetownThe Haymarket Theatre

2015

Raven: Stories of PoeThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
Fame, Jr.The Haymarket Theatre
2015
Stories Under the Big TopThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
Fairy Tales of GrimmThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
Anatomy of GreyThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
How I Became a PirateThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
Brave New WorldThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
The Neverending StoryThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
Almost, MaineThe Haymarket Theatre
2015
The Best Christmas Pageant EverThe Haymarket Theatre
2014
The OdysseyThe Haymarket Theatre
2014
Into the WoodsThe Haymarket Theatre
2014
Doubt: A Parable University of Sioux Falls2014
Robin Hood: Spirit of the GreeneVermillion Community Theatre2013
Space School MusicalDakota Players2013
The HobbitSioux Empire Community Theatre2012
X is for ZebraDakota Players2012
AnnieVermillion Community Theatre2012
Terrididdle Tales University of Hawaii at Manoa2010
A Christmas Carol Fire Mountain Arts Council 2006





NOTABLE ACTING CREDIT


Production  RoleCompanyYear
AscentEmpress                             Flutter Productions                                          2014                                  
Oceans MotionBubbles*University of Hawaii at Manoa2012
Avenue QLucy*Manoa Valley Theatre2011
Madge's Shimmy ShackMadge*University of Hawaii at Manoa2010
The Laramie ProjectVariousWhatcom Community College2009
The DivinersLuellaBellingham Actor's Guild2008
HamletOphelia iDiOM2008
*Indicates role as a puppeteer 




CONFERENCES ATTENDED                    
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed
One Theatre World
United Church of Christ General Synod (State Representative)

                        
RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Youth Pastor, Church of the Crossroads, Honolulu, HI
August 2009- June 2010
I instructed Christian education and helped build youth community among multiple churches in the city. I also created religious curriculum to create cross-cultural understanding of Christianity and native Hawaiian belief systems. In this position, I also directed youth-lead worship and directed the annual Christmas Pageant.

                        
Youth Coordinator, First Congregational Church, Bellingham, WA                
August 2008-July 2009                    
In this youth pastor position, I helped middle and high school students obtain a deeper understanding of their faith journey in a safe environment. The program culminated in a 10-day High School mission trip to San Francisco, CA.

                    

REFERENCES    
Amy Ossian: Former Executive Director at the Haymarket Theatre
amyjuneossian@gmail.com
402.730.8292


Joe Obermuler: Director of Theatre, University of Sioux Falls            
joe.obermueller@usiouxfalls.edu               
407.790.9212

Amy Schiffner: Thesis Committee Chair, University of Hawaii                
amyls@hawaii.edu                
808.343.6992


Steve Miller: Pastor, Vermillion United Church of Christ                    
Stephen.Miller@usd.edu                    
605.624.3120

Kaitlynn Wornson: Former Student                
Kaitlynn.Wornson@gmail.com
605.360.5996