Teaching Philosophy

I believe …

teaching writing is ultimately about giving people the space and the permission to be creative

everybody has a story to tell and to do so is empowering and self-validating

the true goal of a teacher is to teach students how to learn

the best teachers are active in their own practice and always open to learning



Young People’s Intensive, Riverside Theatre, 2012

A two-week crash course in play making using improvisation, writing and theatre games.

Denver Center Academy, Denver CO, 2009:  Introduction to Playwriting, a six-week course for adults of various levels

Makumira University College, Arusha, Tanzania  2010:  Using Theatre to Promote English Literacy

Southwest Minnesota State University, MN  2010:   Revising Your Play                                                     

Iowa Young Writers’ Studio, University of Iowa, 2009:  Creating a Solo Show

Workshop Leader, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, KS  2009

                  Creating a Solo Show / How to Survive as a Professional Playwright


Kirkwood Community College, IA         2010 – ongoing

Teaching Introduction to Theatre, Encounters with Humanities, Forms of Dramatic Literature, and Literature & Culture; The American Dream through Distance Learning to undergraduate students across nine campuses over the Kirkwood Television System.  Teaching methods combine in-classroom and online learning techniques that utilize an online classroom management platform (ANGEL).

Cornell College, IA               2010 – ongoing

Taught Playwriting, Dramatic Structure, and Contemporary Drama with a focus on Political Theatre, all in the block system (semester-long course taught in one month of daily classes); wrote the syllabus, chose reading material and created all assignments and grading scheme.






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