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Judy R.

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Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Psychology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Master's

Education

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Psychology)

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Master's)

About Judy

I'm eloquent and friendly - an older, patient person, with wide-ranging interests: I write poetry and plays, and have an active life in Theater. I write, direct and perform at the Shedd Institute for the Arts. During 40 years as Instructor at University of Oregon and Lane Community College, I've also worked with most of the local theater companies, as performer and director, and I sometimes travel to Europe to collaborate on creative projects. After many years in Theater, the stage is a comfort zone for me. I'm also comfortable one-on-one, especially with someone who is motivated to learn. I work with all ages, and teach teachers creative methods to use in the classroom. My background also includes Psychology, Art, and English studies - especially Shakespeare (a passion).

My home is a learning environment. The student may come over, or I'll travel to where you are.

I'm grateful for the exceptional mentors who influenced my teaching, particularly psychologist Dr. Abraham Maslow and actor Morris Carnovsky.
I'm eloquent and friendly - an older, patient person, with wide-ranging interests: I write poetry and plays, and have an active life in Theater. I write, direct and perform at the Shedd Institute for the Arts. During 40 years as Instructor at University of Oregon and Lane Community College, I've also worked with most of the local theater Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Eugene, OR 97405
Language:
Writing
History:
Writing
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Spelling,
Vocabulary,
Writing

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Drawing

I can teach figure drawing, portraiture, composition, still life, perspective, shading, and charcoal techniques.

I've done professional work as a graphic designer and artist - lay-outs, brochures, posters, banners, and wall-sized murals. For about five years, I was a caricaturist at high school graduation parties.

Although I'm acquainted with computer design programs, I still prefer tactile materials.

Background:
I always loved to draw, and as a little kid, I practically lived at the St. Louis Art Museum. My parents enrolled me in Art classes, and the study never stopped. As a teenager, I studied with muralist John Bernat, who once had won the Prix de Rome. In his studio, I studied the convolutions of giant casts of Michaelangelo's David's eye, ear, nose and mouth. Through college and graduate school, I continued with studio courses in painting and sculpture.

English

The written part of my career includes writing poetry, plays, essays, and published articles. I edit the work of playwrights and grant writers. I've been a speech writer for two college presidents and other presenters, and I'm a "theme show" writer for groups.

I specialize in Shakespearean literature and performance.

I'll freely share with you my own secrets and shortcuts for expressing yourself creatively. You'll gain "extras", like techniques for self-editing, and writing under deadline.

When I teach, I also learn, and learning is fun. I work for school districts as a teacher educator. At L.C.C., a colleague in the English Department enrolled in every Acting course I taught, and we collaborated on presentations and projects for many years.

I'll be well-prepared for each session. My style is easy-going and positive.

The fee for one session covers up to 1.5 hrs, if attention holds.

Proofreading

I was a "Eugene Weekly" feature writer (Theater), long ago when its name was called the "Willamette Valley Observer". As a college professor, I've edited many a manuscript.

Public Speaking

My M.F.A. degree is in Acting.

People come to my studio to prepare themselves for a public presentation or an audition. Together, we address stage fright, memory, gestures, and voice.

For many years, I've been a teacher and director of Theater Arts. I've done speechwriting for two college presidents.

I'm a solo entertainer, often invited to emcee awards ceremonies and public events. I've given keynote speeches to many groups, including teachers, lawyers, psychologists, hospital workers and others.

Spelling

I'm in constant literary pursuit. Part of my expertise is in Shakespearean literature and performance, which I teach at the college level. I detect variances in spelling in early texts, from when publishing was new; from the time when spelling was more fluid.

The Theater is my second home. Among the hundreds of theater works I've been involved in were 10 Shakespeare plays I directed (two of them twice). I teach Acting and Shakespeare at the college level. So, I'm familiar with the development of English language and spelling. I do at least one Sunday NY Times crossword every day. I'm always engaged in different styles of writing, from poems and plays, to press releases.

Theater

There is no aspect of Theater Arts that I don't know intimately - from page, to stage and backstage.

I have taught all aspects of Theater Arts, in schools and privately. I teach from the experience of being a lifelong Theater artist - actress, writer, director, designer, and producer. The dimensions of Theater are all "home" to me.

I've acted with all of local Theater companies, and directed for quite a few. Local papers have published series of feature articles I've written on plays, playwrights and coastal Oregon theaters.

I have ongoing theatrical projects. Also, I've been a Theater Arts Instructor at Lane Community College for 30 years. My college courses have included: Beginning Acting, Improvisational Theater, Movement for the Actor, Voice for the Actor, Children's Theater, and Stage Makeup. I originated the Acting Shakespeare course and built a performance program around it. My curriculum for the course was adopted as the State standard by the Oregon Board of Higher Education.

I'm "three degrees of separation" from the originator of the Actor's Method, Constantin Stanislavski ; his student taught my teacher, Morris Carnovsky.

I'm a teacher educator, showing teachers how to use theater arts in their classrooms; and I'm developing a teachers' handbook, called "Story Plays". For the last 13 years, I've written, directed, and performed in Musical Vaudeville for Kids at an institute for the arts.

Vocabulary

I teach Shakespeare, use words, give library lectures.

Writing

I can help you with any aspect of writing in English. Samples of my writing are available upon request. Here are a few of my writing credits:

• Articles, press releases, radio ads, poetry, songs, plays, grant requests, and publicity

• Special events: Speeches for two college presidents, keynote speeches for professional organizations and awards presentations

• Teacher education materials

• The syllabus for Acting Shakespeare, adopted by the Oregon Board of Higher Education.

I'm a patient teacher.

Together, we can develop your skills in any of the following areas:
Rules of usage
Spelling
Grammar
Organization
Styles - essay, discourse, argument, critique, advertising
Presentation

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Psychology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Master's

Education

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Psychology)

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Master's)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $65.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Judy will travel within 15 miles of Eugene, OR 97405.