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.