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Above all, my goal is to always make students comfortable and to make the learning experience fun and engaging for them. As I've also been an actor for many years (that's where the photo comes from!), my students often consider me more of an "edu-tainer" than a teacher.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Spanish and in Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College, where I had the opportunity to study abroad in Cordoba, Spain for a semester. While working on my master's in film at Boston University, I began tutoring at the Student Athlete Support Center, providing one-on-one Spanish help for swimmers, basketball players, soccer players, and wrestlers. As an actor, I've always had a knack for accents, so while I'm not a native Spanish speaker, I still sound like one!
My classroom teaching experience has mainly been in film and communication. During the time I spent at BU, I lectured and held discussion sections for freshman film majors. I also spent my one summer co-teaching film to a very lively group of middle schoolers at Phillips Exeter Academy, which was one of the best experiences of my life.
My specialty is in working with high school upperclassmen and college freshmen during those crucial transitional years. I currently teach college level film studies and mass communication to high school seniors in Brooklyn. An avid writer, I have been a freelance film critic since grad school and I've also written plays and screenplays.
I'm available for Spanish help at all levels, including conversation practice, and academic & creative writing help for native and non-native English speakers.
I earned my MFA in Film Studies from Boston University, learning both history and theory as well as the ins and outs of production. While there, I participated as an actor in several productions, and since then, I have written and directed quite a few of my own, including a web series, the pilot for which will premiere at the end of this summer.
For the past several years, I have taught introductory film courses at the college level, so I'm an expert at delving into these concepts with young students who are looking at movies from a professional perspective for the first time.
My specialties are in directing, screenwriting, and acting.
As an actor for over ten years and a classroom teacher for several, I've mastered speaking in front of large groups of people. For the past three years, I've taught Mass Communication at the college level, which includes in-depth, hands-on lessons in public speaking. As many of my students are first generation American, I'm faced with lots of learned bad habits in pronunciation and grammar.
I'm available to work with students on general techniques for voice and body language, as well as in preparation for specific speeches or events.
I have been a stage and film actor for over ten years, and have taken classes at The Barrow Group and with some of the top casting directors in NYC in on-camera acting, commercial, and voiceover.
My stage credits include "Marisol" (Marisol), "Fifth of July" (Gwen), "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (Kate), "The Laramie Project" (Reggie Fluty & others), "Travels with my Aunt" (Actor V), and "Electra" (Orestes). I was most recently in a production of "Women Behind Bars" at the Heights Players in Brooklyn, as the rebellious Gloria.
In 2009, I co-founded a production company with Janice Yang, erecting a showcase featuring original short plays, writing one of my own and directing two of the plays. I also directed two full-scale productions at Wellesley College: "Tape" by Stephen Belber and "Breath, Boom" by Kia Corthron.
Over the past several years, I have also been featured in many independent and student films in the NYC and Boston areas, most notably Langston Kahn's "Bad Apples" as a torturer in a war prison.
I have mainly worked privately with somewhat experienced actors, helping them unlock scripts for shows that they're currently in or monologues they'd like to work. I'm happy to work with beginner actors looking to get a solid set of skills and tools to get started, students looking to dip their toe into acting for fun, or experienced actors needing help with a certain piece, audition help, or an introduction to a new style or medium (for example, theater actors looking to try or transition into film).
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