Columbia University (Francophone Studies)
I am an actress, a Francophile, and a scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, I relocated to Houston, Texas with my family where I attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. I have been trained in theater and film and have been acting professionally since the age of 8.
I chose to study French and Francophone Studies in college. Learning, speaking, and teaching French is one of my passions. I love the way the French language sounds, and I believe that learning another language also requires learning a different perspective on life. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. Although most people assume that I learned French there as a child, I didn't begin learning seriously until after relocating in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. I attended a performing arts high school in Houston where I first began to sharpen my French skills. I tell my students that if French were the flu, I would actually want to be sick. I'm constantly looking for ways to speak and learn in my everyday life, so I am well acquainted with diverse learning techniques.
I have 15+ years of professional film and television experience. My mother is an actress as well, and I grew up at play rehearsals or on film sets watching her work. I helped her teach as a child, and I have developed my own teaching style as an adult. I do on-camera coaching as well as theater exercises. My resume is available upon request.
I mention the boundary between arts and academics because I find that my French is able to inform my career as an actress in so many ways. I often use theater techniques in my French classes and French skills in my theater classes. This gives a very nuanced experience of learning and allows students to apply what they've learned in everyday situations with an enhanced perspective.
I want to encourage any students to use diverse tools and open minds to learn. There are so many different ways to learn!
I look forward to working with you! I am an actress, a Francophile, and a scholar from New Orleans, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, I relocated to Houston, Texas with my family where I attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.A. in French and Francophone Studies. I have been trained in theater and film and
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