Western Kentucky University (English, BA)
I graduated with a degree in English, and am a certified English/Theater teacher in the state of Washington. I've made my living for the past 35 years in theater, as a playwright, director, and actor. I have been in this profession so long for one reason; collaboration. I think a teacher-student relationship must be a collaboration, not dependent on the power or authority of the teacher. I don't think you can teach successfully with an iron-clad set of rules for success.
I have taught many theater classes, and I've discovered that each student has to be approached individually, without preconception. The most basic principle of teaching is, I believe, communication, and I have been in the communication business for 35 years. When I was just beginning my career, I once asked a great theater director, "How do you lead actors to your concept of the character?" His response: "You don't. You will both get frustrated. You find out the actor's strengths and weaknesses, and what the actor has in mind for the character, and go there together. You might even learn something yourself." I graduated with a degree in English, and am a certified English/Theater teacher in the state of Washington. I've made my living for the past 35 years in theater, as a playwright, director, and actor. I have been in this profession so long for one reason; collaboration. I think a teacher-student relationship must be a collaboration, not dependent
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I have been an actor and theater director for 35 years. I have taught, in acting school, the principles of public speaking, and helped people get over their fear of speaking in front of a group. I spoken at several large events, and have been the keynote speaker at the national convention for educational theater professionals.
I am a director, actor, and playwright, and have been for 35 years. I've had 25 plays produced, four published, and have directed more than 75 plays. I have acted on stage, TV, and in film, performing in such diverse locales as N. Y. (Off-Broadway) Dublin, Ire., Charleston's Spoleto Festival, and done a national tour to 30 states. I have also been the Artisitc Director at two theaters. I am a member of AEA as well as AFTRA-SAG.