Musical Theater, Playwriting, Voice and Speech, Accents and Dialects, Shakespeare, Theater for Young Audiences, Arts Education Integration
Bachelor of Arts, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2010
Concentration Musical Theater
Private Voice Instruction
- Kelley Krepin Defade Studio, Estill Voice Training (2013-current)
- Point Park University, Various Instructors, Classical Training (2006-2010)
- Musical Arts Center, Classical Training (Cincinnati, OH)
- Mary Elizabeth Schaffer (2004-2006)
- Cecily Nall (2002-2004)
Leadership Academy (Arts Education Collaborative, 2015-2016)
- A year long intensive program for arts education leaders in the Pittsburgh area to learn teaching skills and confidence to increase visibility and credibility of arts programs in their organizations. This program also helps educators continue to develop their artistic skills and collaborate with other artists.
Aesthetic Education Immersion (Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum, July 2014)
- This lab explored the artistic creation process using LCE’s inquiry-based approach and Capacities for Imaginative Thinking. Attended performances and used art-making techniques to engage with works of art on progressively deeper levels.
Estill Voice Training: Level One and Two Course (Califoria University, June 2016 (ongoing))
- Level One teaches the tools of the craft to add strength, clarity and stamina to the voice. Learn to control of the vocal structures that influence voice quality. Level Two combines the Figures from Level One to produce six voice qualities. Figure Combinations offers a clear understanding of the voice’s limitless possibilities, along with how to keep it vibrant and healthy.
Regional Arts Education Day (Arts Education Collaborative, October 2015)
- One day learning event on “Meeting Students Where They Are” and culturally responsive pedagogy
Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council
- Teaching Artist Institute (September 2015). A two-day workshop that explored ideas such as community and lesson-planning and brought together teaching artists around the city of Pittsburgh, allowing participants to network and participate as both teachers and students.
- Annual Meeting (November 2010). Discussed the Pittsburgh region’s arts and culture scenes and the role arts play in the city.
National Forum (Arts Education Partnership, September 2014)
- Two day workshop focused on “Preparing Students for the Next America in and through the Arts.”
Master of Arts Management Speaker Series (Carnegie Mellon University, April 2015)
- Russell Granet, Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education discussed LCE’s rebranding and how to continue LCE's outreach into communities to make sure all students receive equal, quality arts education.
Board of Directors, Throughline Theatre Company (current)
Dreams of Hope
- Fundraiser Event committee (2016-2017)
- Volunteer Coordinator (2013-2014)
- Outreach Coordinator for Pittsburgh Marathon, Dreams of Hope (Spring 2016)
Vocal Coach, Saltworks Young Actors’ Studio (Winter 2016)
Assistant Director, Throughline Theatre Company’s Medea (July 2015)
- Throughline Theatre Company’s Oedipus Rex (July 2013)
- Accent Music and Performing Arts School’s Alice in Wonderland (Winter 2014)
- Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp, Original Flash Mob (Summer 2011)
Young Playwright’s Literary Committee, City Theater (2014-2016)
Director, Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp (Summer 2011-2012)
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
- Original devised piece, Superheroes Saving the World
Audition Preparation (Acting/Musical Theater), Accents and Dialects, General Acting
- City Theater Young Playwright’s Contest (Fall 2013-current)
- South Fayette High School, Chartiers Valley High School, Keystone Oaks Middle School, Brashear High School, Weirton High School
- Work with students to create, write and edit one-act plays to be submitted to City Theater’s Young Playwright’s Festival. Process includes brainstorming sessions, theater games, improvisation, table readings and one-on-one conferences with each playwright
- Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater (September 2015-current)
- Arsenal Middle School
- Work with students to understand various aspects of theater from production and design to dramatic elements and historical context and Shakespeare
- Bricolage Production Company (Fall 2016)
- The Clark School (Washington, PA)
- Work with students to write and create their own radio-style show using Foley sound effects
- Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center (September 2011-May 2014)
- PA Cyber Charter School (North Side, Wexford, Baden, Greensburg)
- Various classes included: improvisation, musical theater, technical theater, playwriting, actings, theater history, theatrical styles, tap dance, creative movement
- Woodland Hills High School (2008-2010)
- Programming for Gifted Students
- Once a month, hour long class throughout the school year to introduce students to acting styles and techniques
Workshops and Guest Lectures
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania (November 2016)
- Visited classrooms to speak about being a working actor and teaching artist, the art of networking and connecting, how to continue to create when there are “real world” worries. The day culminated in a workshop about Hamilton’s color-conscious casting.
- Camp Broadway (2015, 2016)
- New York intensive for students to experience a Broadway-style rehearsal and performance process. Collaborated with New York talent and represented local opportunities to Pittsburgh students
- Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Institute (September 2016)
- Workshops highlighting ways to integrate science curriculum with arts education, and helping teaching artist feel empowered to work in education topics they aren’t familiar with
- Imani Christian Academy (Fall 2016)
- A series of three workshops to prepare students to view a performance of Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre’s Merchant of Venice. Students were responsible for designing the set or costumes around different time periods.
- Sewickley Public Library (March 2016)
- Two hour City Theater playwriting workshop for fifteen high school students
- South Fayette Hamilton Workshop (Spring 2016)
- Two hour workshop using Hamilton as an example of race conscious v. race blind casting
- Chartiers Valley Audition Workshop (October 2015)
- Three hour workshop focused on putting the best foot forward in an audition setting. Topics included how to handle nerves, cold readings, telling a story through song, learning a dance combination quickly, and showing personality. Followed by monologue coaching.
- Saltworks Audition Workshop (March 2015)
- Three hour workshop focused on putting the best foot forward in an audition setting. Topics included cold readings, telling a story through song, learning a dance combination quickly, and showing personality
- Accent Music and Performing Arts School (October 2014)
- Three hour workshop focused on putting the best foot forward in an audition setting. Topics included how to handle nerves, telling a story through song, and showing personality. Followed by audition song coaching.
- The Ellis School (Spring 2014)
- Coached the junior high school students on their production of Fame!
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Children’s Theater Festival (2014-2015)
- Auditioned, hired and trained eight Festival Guide team members on how to interact and entertain families visiting the festival. Supervised volunteers working activity booths and worked as a festival guide. Helped guests find theaters and destinations throughout Pittsburgh’s Cultural District.
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Children’s Theater Outreach Events (2014)
- Represented the organization at community festivals and events through games and activities and distributing information about programming
- Saltworks Young Actors’ Studio (2013- current)
- Process-over-product oriented classes. Offerings included: Great Characters, History of Musical Theater, Song and Dance, Technical Theater, Dolls & Guys, Accents and Dialects
- Carnegie Museum of Natural History (2015-current)
- Outreach Presenter: Developed and wrote the script, and currently performs Spinosaurus Encounter!, a large assembly program. Perform two roles: the Spinosaurus puppeteer and the paleontologist who guides the audience through the levels of the earth.
- Museum Educator: Develop and teach arts education infused lesson plans based on natural history lessons. Programs include homeschool classes (Natural Wonders, Frozen, Animal Wonders) and summer programming (Unwrapping Ancient Egypt)
- Accent Music and Performing Arts School (Fall 2014)
- Middle school level classes offered: Acting, Musical Theater and Scene Study
Summer Enrichment Programs
- Saltworks Young Actors’ Studio (2013-2015)
- Three one-week programs with morning classes focused on learning a skill set and afternoon classes dedicated to rehearsal for the end of the week performance.
- The Ellis School After School Adventures (2014-2015)
- Eight week after school program for 1-4 graders for one hour. Class topics included “From Page to Stage: Performing Poetry” and “The Adventures of Peter Pan.”
- Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (2012)
- Two week program allowed students to devise and perform their own script inspired by artworks in the PCA galleries.
- Chatham Music and Arts Day Camp (2011, 2012)
- This six week long program allowed students to explore multiple art classes. Classes offered included acting (K-2nd grade), History of Musical Theater (5th-8th grades), Monologues (5th-8th grades). Directed students for final performances: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, a devised piece exploring superheroes saving the world from climate change, and a choreographed flash mob.
Point Park University Admissions Office (2006-2010)
- Auditions Manager: Managed other employees working audition days at Point Park, responsible for getting prospective students tours and information about the Conservatory and sticking to a schedule throughout the course of the day.
- Tour Guide: Greet perspective students at the Admissions Office and show them various points of interest throughout Park Park. Answer questions and introduce them to potential professors and other students
- Office Worker: Assist with bulk mailings, handwritten notes, filing, assisting other employees
Point Park University Voice Lab (2008-2010)
- Voice Lab Coach: Assist peers in learning various voice and speech techniques and work with students as they learn the International Phonetic Alphabet and multiple accents and dialects
Heinz History Center
- Admissions Desk: Greet visitors upon entering museum, sell tickets and memberships, give directions. Also help with Visit Pittsburgh Center by informing guests about what to do around the Pittsburgh area
- Museum Shop: Stock shelves, inventory, distribute donated tickets, data entry, sell merchandise, order stock
Three Rivers Arts Festival at Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (2010)
- Artist Liaison: Worked directly with local artist, Ashley Hodder, to communicate with the festival about requirements for “Catch of the Day,” an art installation made from bottles and cans found in Pittsburgh’s rivers. Oversaw guests who visited the exhibit and played the game, oversaw and trained volunteers who worked the booth
Pittsburgh Opera (2009-2010)
- Special Events Administration: Assisted with ushering for school matinees and professional performances, assisted with fundraising events
Pittsburgh Public Theater (2010)
- Development Intern: Made cold calls for donations, assisted with fundraising events, organized donor database, mailings and special projects
Hillman Center for Performing Arts at Shadyside Academy (2009-2010)
- Special Events Administration: Communicated arrangements with guest artists, arranged meals and housing, set up/tear down of special events, worked as an usher for performances
- Grant Research: Researched grant opportunities for the Hillman Center for Performing Arts
Vacationland Theater Company (Sanford, ME, Summer 2008)
- Stage Manager: Called cues for Nunsense, arranged actors’ accommodations and transportation
- Marketing Intern: Researched marketing possibilities throughout Sanford and southern Maine, distributed fliers and other materials throughout the area.
- Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- 90.5 WESA
- Stage 62
- Sewickley Area Theater Company