Teaching a stage combat class at Wesleyan University with Dispatch Combat Collective
I have worked as a teacher in a variety of ways for many years, teaching students of all ages in New York, Denver, and Chicago. I’m capable of working as a teacher of acting, improvisation, stage combat, critical analysis of plays, as well as basic computer science (if you’re into that sort of thing).
In 2013 I worked for the National High School Institute at Northwestern University commonly known as Cherubs. This summer intensive program included serving as an RA to students, assistant teaching core acting and movement classes, teaching a course on Theatre of the Absurd, and assistant directing a production of The Tomkat Project by Brandon Ogborn.
I’ve also worked for several years as an assistant director and teacher for the Kent Denver Summer Theatre Program in Denver, Colorado. Helping students in middle and high school develop as actors while putting on large productions of plays that included Godspell by Stephen Schwartz, Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare, Dracula by Bram Stoker, as well as several others.
Working both solo and with other instructors I’ve helped teach basic stage combat to high school and college students in both Denver and New York, working with schools and companies that have included Skidmore College, Kent Denver School, We Happy Few Company, and the Lion’s Tooth Theatre Company. Classes have focused on hand to hand as well as broadsword and culminated in the creation of basic stage combat scenes as well as more advanced text-based scenes.
Additionally I taught improv once a week throughout my college years through the improv group Awkward Kids Talking. Our work covered a wide range of topics, starting with the basics of improv and culminating in a public performance that showcased the progress the students had made.
Teaching has also included work as an assistant coach for the nationally ranked Kent Denver Speech and Debate Program as well as coaching a nationally qualifying Destination Imagination team in Englewood, Colorado.