Year One, Term One: Reflection

After ten years at Explorer West, in Seattle, I transitioned my teaching career in one of the most drastic ways possible. I left a secure teaching position - one where I knew the ins and outs of each day - one where I knew the faculty and the community exceptionally well - and I took … Continue reading Year One, Term One: Reflection


Youth Theater Needs Lessons – not simply games

I've been working in the field of youth theater for the past decade. I find that when it comes to training acting skills and getting specific with young actors about the skills they are learning such as voice, speech, physicality, using objectives, and general analysis of a character plot and given circumstances, Drama games do … Continue reading Youth Theater Needs Lessons – not simply games

Classroom Philosophy

Individual Management Philosophy:   My management philosophy for the classroom is student centered. With my approach I want to empower the students to not only make good choices but to also retain the ability to make good choices when I am not around. For this reason, I emphasize a principles based approach. The classroom should … Continue reading Classroom Philosophy


Standards Based Education is an essential component to effective teaching practice; teachers must use learning targets that are connected to the standards and effectively measure student progress toward those standards. I have come to embrace the rubric as an essential standards based teaching tool. Used correctly, the rubric can: Guide student learning throughout the lesson. … Continue reading THE ALL POWERFUL RUBRIC

Socially Responsible Practices of Theatre Education: Sign Three

Journal Entry from October 20, 2014 for Theatre Methods  What is… At this point I have a decade of experience under my belt in youth theatre. I have a firm grasp on “what is” in my program. This grasp has been continually transforming over the years and has certainly shifted from a more idealistic to … Continue reading Socially Responsible Practices of Theatre Education: Sign Three

Student Empowerment: Sign Two

Journal Entry from October 12, 2014 for Theatre Methods When I consider the voices in my classroom – the voices that are shared with the performance space, my first thought is that of the playwright. I believe that the actor, in training or professional, has a duty to the words; the actor must bring the … Continue reading Student Empowerment: Sign Two

Theatre Changes: Sign One

Journal Entry from October 5, 2014 for Theatre Methods On the theme of reflection and change, Lazarus (2012) proposes a series of questions to engage with Appreciative Inquiry. The first question: what is it that has changed in the last year of my teaching; what has stayed the same? The simplest of my answers, I … Continue reading Theatre Changes: Sign One