University of Kentucky (Theatre BA)
University of the Cumberlands (Master's)
Hello, my name is Schann. I have a BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Secondary English Certification (grades 8-12), and am currently completing my MFA in Acting at Brooklyn College where I was recently awarded the TOW Graduate Teaching Fellowship. At Brooklyn College, I teach Intro to Acting. I was recently the Theatre Director at Corbin Independent Schools in Kentucky. The majority of my work has been with new actors at the high school level in Introduction to Performance class. I have also taught Art Humanities, Advanced Performance, Introduction to Theatrical Design, Introduction to Film, and Musical Theatre. I also served as the Artistic Director for the Redhound Film and Video Foundation, where I directed and managing a non-profit, extra-curricular, theatre department in a pubic school for eight years. I chartered a troupe of the International Thespian Society and directed over 30 productions- including the KTA state-champion production in 2011, and the 2nd Runner-Up production in 2013. In addition, In 2013-2014, I served on the Kentucky State Arts Career Pathways Development Committee. I was selected as one of four representatives from the state to serve on a panel to author the college and career-ready standards based on the Program of Studies and Core Content.
I am passionate about instilling confidence in my students. I believe ALL students can learn, once they understand the unique way in which they learn. As a theatre educator, I believe that learning involves the body and the mind. I am a curious teacher, each student carries a unique story that influences the classroom and theatrical climate. When a classroom of minds are respected, engaged and exploring, it is alive. Respect makes for a learning environment that encourages intellectual freedom, where students feel curious, safe, supported, and challenged. This celebration of the individual pertains to teaching new actors especially. Each of them is made astoundingly and beautifully unique. The human body is the most profound instrument, and the primary reason why I am captivated by the art of theatre. There will never be a duplicate person made- your truth begins and ends in you. There has been and will never be one actors instrument like another. So, there are no two productions of a play that will ever be identical. The human factor, makes for endless combinations. Humans are the most complex of instruments and the humanity we explore on stage is carried by their rich souls and specific shapes. A play is a living thing and has a life of its own, moment to moment, under the lights, from start to finish. It is born again the next night, and lives an entirely new existence. You cannot hold it, it slips away and then is born again. If not the next night, then in another ensemble in another space.
I have witnessed first hand, the power of arts education in the development of young artists and citizens. In daily classroom situations, I believe in giving students a wide variety of texts, casts, and ensembles to challenge them as they grow. In place of a textbook, I curate materials from articles, books, and archives to tailor instruction to each of my student groups and to assure my content is interesting, current, and innovative.
I am committed to fair treatment and in creating an atmosphere of respect that fosters positive energy and creative acceptance in my classroom and rehearsal space. My warmth and understanding, as well as my good-humored spirit and high energy have helped me to open boundaries between new or shy students, foreign exchange students, and those with special needs. This is safety. Feeling safe is crucial for learning, and especially important for taking risks in an acting ensemble.
LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT: I learned this mantra from a parent of one of my veteran actors. We used to say it as we nurtured the non-profit theatre that housed our extra-curricular high school theatre troupe. It took six years to get a storage space, but we did it. Make-up stations. The removal of the old carpeting in the Green Room. Lockers for actors backstage. The little things add up! It is the same with education. We walk into a classroom to change something. We want to know something we didn't before! Actors that feel supported are the most free, and can learn more easily.
The arts have the power to shift the spirit, and leave things a little better, or, more interesting, than before. In my creative spaces, I strive to help students feel included, challenged, loved, and celebrated in the process.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have or to schedule a lesson. I look forward to meeting you! Hello, my name is Schann. I have a BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Secondary English Certification (grades 8-12), and am currently completing my MFA in Acting at Brooklyn College where I was recently awarded the TOW Graduate Teaching Fellowship. At Brooklyn College, I teach Intro to Acting. I was
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I received a BA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and a Wallace Briggs Theatre Scholarship. I have directed over 30 plays, including the state champion production in 2011, and coached 3 state-winning Best Actors, 2 Best Supporting Actresses, and one Best Supporting Actor. I have been teaching acting for the past eight years.