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Tamera Izlar

Advocate for the Arts (note: Site is being restructured. Please come back soon to see all of the updates!)

Education

Work experience

Jun 2013Jun 2014

Interim Department Chair

Goshen College

Mentored faculty, advised students, developed department meeting agendas and led weekly department meetings, attended and/or hosted schools meetings, collaborated with variant departments, developed/equipped spaces for learning, served as faculty club adviser, developed department and production budgets, served as producer for college productions, prepared press releases, organized and attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, developed professional connections and alliances, developed and implemented workshops, served as acting coach and/or coach for graduate programs and Irene Ryan's auditions, taught in areas of expertise, facilitated short and long term planning, led departmental recruitment efforts, trained and supervised house managers and ushers, and  supported the campus community and mission by attending departmental and institutionally sponsored events.

May 2010Jun 2013

Assistant Professor

Goshen College

Teach courses in Directing, Site Specific Learning, Acting, Scenework, Audition Techniques, Voice, Fine Arts for Children, Theatre History, Humanities, and Independent Acting Lessons.  Serve as producer for college productions, develop professional connections and alliances, develop and implement workshops, serve as acting coach and/or coach for graduate program auditions, train and supervise house managers and ushers for department productions,  attend departmental, schools, and faculty meetings, support the campus community and mission by attending departmental and institutionally sponsored events.

Jun 2012Jun 2012

Instructor

South Bend Civic Theatre

Used The Jungle Book Musical Jr. and Suessical Musical Jr. to teach, inspire, and create a final presentation for guardians, family, and friends to view at the conclusion of a theatre summer camp.  Created programs for final event;  Note: camp participants ranged from kindergarten – third graders (5½; - 7 ½;).

Aug 2007May 2010

Instructor

Howard University

Taught courses in Directing, Play Reading, Play Analysis, Acting, Creative Dramatics, Introduction to Theatre, Theatre History, and Service Learning.  Advised Student Directing projects and attended departmental and Division of Fine Arts meetings.  Served on Department Reaccreditation, Play selection, Senior Awards Program planning, and Scholarship awards committees.  Directed productions and organized international travel.  Served as secretary of the Division of Fine Arts (August 2008-May 2010).

May 2009May 2009

Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader

Bellas Artes

Noted as the number one arts school in the country of Santo Domingo/ Dominican Republic.

Co-taught a theatre workshop with the late Dr. Sherrill Johnson acclaimed “teacher choreographer, Fulbright scholar, and critical writer on culture, dance, and other topics” (Howard University). Project was organized and supported in part by Fulbright scholar Jamie L. Izlar, the late Blas Jimenez, an international author and acclaimed Afro-Dominican playwright, and by administrators of Bellas Artes, an arts school in the Dominican Republic.

May 2006May 2006

Guest Artist/ Workshop Leader

Western Illinois University "Conscience" Theatre Group/ Bellas Artes

Internal grant received from Western Illinois to travel to Santo Domingo and present workshops in partnership with the Sister Island Project.  Project in Santo Domingo was organized and supported in part by Fulbright scholar Jamie L. Izlar, international author and playwright Blas Jimenez, and by Administrators of Bellas Artes.

Mar 2006Mar 2006

Teacher/Workshop Leader

Sister Island Project

Guest Teacher and Workshop Leader in Monte Plata, Santo Domingo, and surrounding ares in the Dominican Republic.  March 11-17 2006.

Jan 20052006

Instructor, Introduction to Theatre

20042006

Guest Instructor (4 weeks), Black Theatre/ Film African American Studies Department

20042006

Guest Instructor, Improvisation

20052006

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Introduction to Theatre

Western Illinoius University
20042006

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Directing

Jan 2005Jan 2005

Prop Artisan

Western Illinois University

Production: Kiss Me Kate, Western Illinois University, 2005, Director Marcus Olson.

20032004

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Acting with the Camera

Assisted Acting Professor Carolyn Blackinton with teaching, equipment set-up, and tear down.

Jan 20042004

Movement Workshop

20022003

Director and teacher

Actor's Guild of Lexington Stages Project

Summer 2002 - Directed and taught acting and directing.

Summer 2003- Taught writing and acting.

20002001

Performer and Teacher

Russell Elementary School

Taught, Acted, Directed, Presented plays, and lead workshops

Select Posters of Shows Directed

Professinal Development

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region III Festival Attended Respondent Workshop training (hosted by Carolyn Gillespie, a past KCACTF Regional Chair). Received certification to respond to KCACTF productions in Region III Saginaw, Michigan (January 2013)

Goshen College                                                                                                                

  • Teaching Online - an Introduction to Online Course Design Implementation and Facilitation for Moodle (Fall, 2011), Goshen College                                                                              
  • Families First Growing Up Great Summit (10/14/11), Goshen College                                                                                                                               
  • Enjoying the Adventure: Successful Approaches for Teaching What You Just Learned." Workshop lead by acclaimed author and educator Therese Huston (09/29/11)   Goshen College
  • How to Have Even Brighter and Harder Working Students" lead by Dr. Craig Nelson (10/28/10) Goshen College

Howard University                                                                                                                         *Courses below taken at Howard University Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning,and Assessment (CETLA)

DLSI Best Practices in Distance-Learning Seminar (5/24/2010)

WCSI Writing Across the Curriculum Seminar (5/17/2010)

IL09 Teaching with Digital Archives (3/30/2010)

CA06 Building a Digital Portfolio (03/02/2010)

ILSI Information Literacy Seminar (05/28/2009)

CRSI Course Redesign Seminar (06/06/2008)

GG01 Integrating Google Applications (03/06/2008)

CA10 Collecting Assessment Data via SurveyMonkey (02/19/2008)

BB06 Creating Tests and Surveys (02/07/2008)

PP02 Enhancing Your PowerPoint Presentations (01/29/2008)

BB14 Designing Coursesites for Easy Navigation (01/28/2008)

BB02 Getting the Most out of Discussion Board (01/14/2008)

BB07 Maintaining an Online Gradebook (1/14/2008)

BB15 Using Safe Assign to Deter Plagiarism (01/08/2008)

BB01 Building Blackboard Courses (01/07/2008)

VT03 Teaching with YouTube

IL06 Teaching with Wikis

Western Illinois University                                                                                                       Ethics Training Program for University Employees, from the Ethics Training and Compliance Center Western Illinois University (11/19/2005) 

Curriculum Vitae

Portfolio

Translations Production Photos

Portfolio

ACTING EXPERIENCE

Asaka, Once on This Island, Lexington, KY

Sornea, Two Heads are Better Than None, Western Illinois University

Nyasha, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter’s, Lexington Children’s Theatre

Mother, Alexander and the Terrible…, Lexington Children’s Theatre

Sojourner Truth, A Woman Called Truth, Lexington Children’s Theatre

Catskins, Nancy, Sing Down the Moon, Lexington Children’s Theatre

Shaker Singer, All Mother’s Children, Black Shakers, Shaker Village

Cassie, Daniel Boone, the Man and the Legend, Fort Harrod

Nell, The Christmas Carol, Nebraska Theatre Caravan

Angel, Night and Day, Bridgework Theatre

Mrs. Starfire, Trading Places, Bridgework Theatre

Madame Pernelle, Tartuffe, University of Kentucky

Calpurnia, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Lexington Shakespeare in the Park

Ama; Nigerian, Mud, River, Stone Actor’s Guild of Lexington

Red Devil, Putting on the Whole Armor, Lexington tour

Mrs. Varec, Water Engine, University of Kentucky

Aunt Charity, Stephen Foster Japan Tour, Stephen Foster the Musical

Aunt Charity, Stephen Foster The Musical, Stephen Foster the Musical

Madame Defarge, A Tale of Two Cities, University of Kentucky

Public Webpages

Webinars/ Professional Development

Breaking Down the Four Walls of Your Classroom with Skype Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community. (7/20/2011)

Spark Creativity and Innovation: Help Students Create and Share Original, Multimedia Works Online.

Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community.  (7/20/2011)

Easy 21st Century Project Ideas for the Core Curriculum.  Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community. (7/20/2011)

Wixify Your Webquest!  Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community.  (7/20/2011)

Google Tools for Visual and Spatial Learners Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community.  (7/20/2011)

You Really Can Convince Kids That Writing is FUN -- Here's How!  Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community.  (7/20/2011)

7 Personal Branding Tips from Movie Stars! Careerealism TV.  (7/14/2011)

How to Decipher Job Postings. Careerealism TV. (7/13/2011)

Nonprofit Newsletters That Engage.  Hosted by Constant Contact. (7/12/2011)

How to be Innovative at Work (And Get Promoted for It!) Hosted by Careerealism founder J.T. O’Donnell, joined by innovation expert, Dale Dauten. Careerealism TV (7/12/2011)

You're in Good Hands!  Using Mobile Devices in Education. Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community. (7/12/2011)

Google Tips & tools for your Classroom. Hosted by Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community (7/11/2011)

Tick Tock Tick Tock... Saving Time with innovative Web Tools. Hosted by Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community (7/11/2011)

Tag You're It -- Free Word Cloud Tools Hosted by Simple K12 Learning Teacher Community (7/11/2011)

Should You Videotape Your Career Story?  [Brand Me] (7/7/2011) Careerealism TV

STAGE MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Western Illinois University, 2003

Mame, Western Illinois University, 2005

ASSISTANT DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

Affrilachia, University of Kentucky, 2000, Director Nancy Jones.

Evita, Western Illinois University, 2005, Director Ray Gabica.

DISCUSSIONS AND PAPERS PRESENTED

American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, CA) May, 2012

Presented paper entitled A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community." May, 2012.

Conference Final Program PDF

Indiana Latino Higher Education Council Conference (Goshen, IN) May 18, 2012

Co-presented a workshop entitled Photovoice methodology: Exploring student perspectives of educational access and equity through photography and creative writing (May 18, 2012)

Conference Workshop Sessions and Schedule

 

Mid-American Theatre Conference "Work" (Chicago, IL) March, 2012 

Presented a paper entitled "A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community."  (March 2, 2102) and served as an actor during the Playwriting Symposium in the play If Mac Wellman Were a Fly On the Wall by Audra Lord, Oakland University; Director: Season Ellison, Northern Arizona State (March 3, 2012)

Conference Final Program

Hawaii international Conference on Arts and Humanities, (Honolulu, Hawaii) January, 2012

Presented a paper entitled Theatre Embraces Hybrid Teaching -- An innovative Approach to Incorporating Distance Learning and Traditional Course Instruction in the Arts (January 10, 2012)

Conference Final Program

Mid-American Theatre Conference “Poor Theatre?” (Chicago, IL) March, 2009

Chaired a session at the Mid-American Theatre Conference and presented a paper entitled “The Bluest Eye: Collaborating to recreate Morrison’s compelling story onstage with limited economic resources”.                

March 6, 2009

Mid-American Theatre Conference (Kansas City, Missouri) February, 2008

Attended, Chaired, and Presented

Presented a paper entitled Prison Theatre: Cutting Through the barriers of language.

Chaired Directing Symposium 2 – Extreme Communities: New Discoveries, New Experiments

February 28, 2008

African Literature Conference (Macomb, IL) April, 2008

Presented, Acted, and Directed staged readings

Presented a paper entitled Setting the Stage: African Diaspora Women Playwrights. Selected two students from the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University to travel and participate in the stage readings.    April 27, 2008  Conference program PDF

Women of August Wilson Talk Session, (Washington, DC) Spring, 2008

Chair of discussion session, Howard University

Spring, 2008

Juneteeth Festival, (Long Branch, NJ) Summer, 2008

Directed a Stage Reading of a new play entitled Green, Honey, Love

Summer, 2008

Workshop (Washington, DC) Spring, 2007

Conducted an acting workshop for Cass High School students interested in attending Howard University.  Workshop was hosted at Howard University.

Spring, 2007

Published Theatre review (Washington, DC) September, 2007

Wrote a theatre review published on the DC Theatre Scenewebsite for Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines.  The production was produced by the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland and published on September 29, 2007.

August Wilson Conference (Lexington, KY) April, 2008

Presented paper entitled The Voice Within

April, 2008

Mid-America Theatre Conference  (Chicago, IL) March, 2006

Visualized and Coordinated Round Table Discussion entitled Academic, Cultural, and Social Responsibility.  Other members of the discussion panel included Stephen Harrick (Bowling Green, Ohio), Nancy Jones (Head of Acting at the University of Kentucky), and Darrel Willis Sr. (Producing Director Dunbar Repertory Theater Company, New Jersey). March 2-5 2006.

Mid-America Theatre Conference,  (Kansas City, Missouri) March, 2005

Presented a paper entitled Ancient rhythmic voices deeply rooted within the African tradition of drumming, and its impact on Movement, script analysis, and contemporary directors

March, 2005

WesternIllinoisUniversity, Fall 2005 (Macomb, IL) Fall, 2004

Participant and vital panel member of a Panel Discussion at Western Illinois University entitled Theatre as Civic Engagement: How Race Influences Characterization as part of the 6th Annual Campus dialogue on Multicultural Issues. (Presentation focused primarily on diversity in casting)

Fall, 2004

FILM (2002)

Pregnancy and Drug Prevention Video (Lexington, KY)

(lead actress; also wrote original song inspired from poem written by Joan Brannon)

RADIO (1999)

Commercial “Pregnancy Prevention” (Lexington, KY)

ADMINISTRATIVE AND RELATED TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Goshen College, Interim Department Chair, June 2013 - June 2014

Mentored faculty, advised students, attended departmental and schools meetings, developed agendas and led weekly department meetings, collaborated with variant departments, developed spaces for learning, developed department and production budgets, served as producer for college productions, prepared press releases, organized and attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, developed professional connections and alliances, developed and implemented workshops, served as an acting coach and/or coach for gradate programs and Irene Ryan auditions, taught in areas of expertise, facilitated short and long term planning, led departmental recruitment efforts, and supported the campus community and mission by attending departmental and institutionally sponsored events.

Organized a keynote address and scheduled make-up workshops featuring professional make-up artist Sarah Elizabeth. Drafted an online sign-up list, ordered supplies, and created a press release an online information flier for distribution (Goshen, IN) November, 2013

Organized a Resume Workshop entitled "Resume Workshop for Performers and Theater Technicians."  Additionally, drafted a survey to gather participant feedback (Goshen, IN)

October 16, 2013

Served on Commencement Planning Committee, Goshen College

Was voted by students to serve as one of two faculty advisers and mentors (Goshen, IN) Spring, 2013.

Organized a Voiceover workshop for the acting class featuring Cristina Ulloa

(Goshen, IN) November 15, 2012

Organized a Musical Theatre workshop featuring Marvin Zehr

(Goshen, IN) November 10, 2012

Photovoice Project 

Co-Director through the Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning (CITL), Goshen College (Goshen, IN)August 2011 - June 2012

Worked with Dr. Aliah Carolan-Silva and a group of Goshen College and Goshen High School to examine barriers in education and/or intercultural awareness.The study used photovoice methodology, an action research methodology designed to provide an opportunity for community members to identify and represent important issues in their community. The 2011 community research project ,” a Photovoice Project sponsored by CITL and the Theater and Art Departments was entitled “Education as a Life Journey: Personal, Cultural and Political Paths of Latino Youth.  The 15-week project cumulated with a touring exhibit. The 2012 study engaged Students of Color from Goshen College and Goshen High School in an analysis of the intercultural nature of their schools and communities.The overarching questions for this research were:How does your campus or school community reflect an intercultural environment? What barriers continue to exist to creating an intercultural community? In what ways do you see yourself and your culture reflected in the culture of your college/school? Where are the spaces, places or times in which you do and do not feel you belong on campus/in school?  The projects involved taking photographs and writing narratives which expressed participants’ perspectives on their lives, schools and communities.

Mock Interviewer, Goshen College (Goshen, IN) Career Services Spring and Fall semesters 2011-2013

Conducted practice interviews and reviewed resume with student participants.  Captured students' head-shots and general event photos (Spring, 2013).

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region III (KCACTF)

Region III KCACTF Festival Irene Ryan Selector/ Respondent

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Selector 2011 (Michigan State University in Lansing, MI) 

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Respondent 2012 (University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL)

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Respondent 2013 (Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw MI)

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Respondent 2014 (Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw MI)

Certificate of Merit Award for Directing presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (Region III), January 2014

  • Selected to present an excerpt from Margaret Edson's Pulitzer prize winning play Wit during the regions Evening of Scenes showcase, Saginaw Michigan, 2014
  • Wit, Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Evening of Scenes, Saginaw, MI January, 2014 KCACTF 2014 Conference Program

KCACTF Respondent, Region III

Respondent to Ntozanke Shange's For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf (Miami University) February, 2012.

Search Committee Member, Goshen College

Served on the Search Committee for hiring the Theatre Technical Director, 2011.

Secretary, Division of Fine Arts, Howard University, (Washington, DC) August 2008- 2010

Artist Fellowship Panel, Grants at D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities 

Viewed grant applications and worked collectively with fellow panel members to "support individual artists in a broad range of artistic endeavors."  (Washington, DC) 2009.  

Artistic Director, Conscience, Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL) 2004-2006

Joined with African-American Studies Department Spring 2004

Organized and displayed a commemorative program entitled Celebrations – A Program of Honor and Recognition, in which the life and groundbreaking works of artists Ossie Davis, Richard Pryor, and August Wilson were remembered, acknowledged, and celebrated.Darrel Lawrence Willis Sr., Producing Director of the Dunbar Repertory Theatre Company in Newark, NJ was the featured speaker.Spring, 2006

Founded and Distributed Conscience Newsletter, African American Studies Department, Western Illinois University, (Macomb, IL) Spring 2006

Assisted Regional Chair ACTF (American College Theatre Festival), Michael Swanson, Western Illinois University (Macomb, IL), 2003-2004

Actor’s Guild of Lexington Stages Project: (Lexington, KY) Summer 2002-2003

Director for program dealing with teenage students classified as at “Risk”.Students created and developed their own play over the summer in which they wrote, acted, and learned about all aspects of theatre.

Arts for Kids, (Danville, KY) Teacher and Director, 2001

Founding Artistic Director, Tates Creek High School, (Lexington, KY) Tra-Co-Dram, 2000-2001 (Teacher and Director)

Storytelling Workshop, Cultural Center University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), 1998

DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

Goshen College, Goshen, IN (2010-2014)

Wit, Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Evening of Scenes, Saginaw, MI January, 2014 KCACTF 2014 Conference Program

Wit,November 2013

The Diviners, April 2013

A View from the Bridge, November 2011

Translations, February 2011

A Gentler Place, October, 2010

HowardUniversity, Washington, DC (2008-2010)

Anna in the Tropics, November, 2009

Stage Reading Wading in the Water, April, 2009

Bluest Eye October, 2008

  • Bluest Eye Dominican Republic Tour May, 2009 

Internal grant received from Howard University to travel to the Dominican Republic and stage The Bluest Eye as well as present workshops.  Event organized in partnership with Fulbright scholar Jamie L. Izlar and international playwright and author Blas Jimenez and company, Isis Viajes.

Repairing a Nation Spring, 2008

(directed stage reading by Howard alumna and critically acclaimed playwright Nikkole Salter) 

Chronicle's Black History Association, Fredericksburg, VA, (March 2009)

Developed and directed a Black History Program for the Chronicle’s Black History Association

Fayette County Detention Center, Lexington, KY (2007)

Rehearsed and performed an excerpt from Hamlet

WesternIllinoisUniversity, Macomb, IL (2003-2006)

            Mud, River, Stone

            Blithe Spirit

A Lesson Before Dying

A Doll’s House

Antigone

Valley Song

Shakespeare in the Park, Lexington, KY (2002)

Titus Intern Project

Arts for Kids, DanvilleKY (2001)

Little Town of Christmas

FortHarrod Productions, Harrodsburg, KY (2000)

…And I love you Richard

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (1996-2000)

           A Medal for Willie

           Kwanzaa Celebration

           Like a Winding Sheet

Louella and Her Bones

Negro Mother

Madison Public Library, Richmond, KY (1999)

Four African Stories

Russell Elementary and University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (2000)

Africania

BrownsboroBaptistChurch (Crestwood, KY) / ShilohBaptistChurch, Lexington, KY (1996-present)

Flash, A Christmas Story

The Christmas Shoes

Putting on Whole Armor (tour)

Bold Women for Christ

Shout on Down the Road

INTERNATIONAL THEATRE ENDEAVORS

Dominican Republic Service Trip May 11-18, 2009

Performance May 15, 2009 at the Solas theatre in the Centro Narciso Gonzalez center in the Dominican Republic

The educational component of the trip consisted of the actors and select stage crew of The Bluest Eye to register for a course entitled “The Bluest Eye Cultural Exchange in the Dominican Republic”.The semester-long course consisted of a pre-departure seminar, a service trip to the Dominican Republic, and post trip seminars. Upon arrival in the Dominican Republic, participants engaged in variant service activities which benefited the citizens of the Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic Service Trip March 11-17 2006

I planned and organized a service trip through the Sister Island Project in which students at Western Illinois University could participate in a global exchange.  In March 2006, I traveled with members of Conscience (a theatre troupe housed in the African American Studies Department)tothe Yabacao Region, within the Monte Plato Province in the Dominican Republic, to utilize theatre as a vehicle to empower the individuals within the community.  Theatre served as the primary catalyst for participants working together as well as tapping into and expressing their individualized talents.  I taught and lead workshops in dance, acting, and movement.  We explored their culture and participated in workshops hosted by the people of their community such as making chocolate, learning dances (such as the meringue and the bachata), and visiting historic sites within the Dominican. 

The Yabacao region is a poverty-stricken area predominantly populated by “Dominicans of African descent and second-generation Haitians.

Director’s Laboratory/ An International Intensive Practical Training in Improvisation and Spontaneity in Performing Arts (Malpils, Lativa)  March, 2005

Participant in the Director’s Laboratory/ An International Intensive Practical Training in Improvisation and Spontaneity in Performing Arts in which I embarked upon a voyage to Riga, Latvia to partake in an intensive practical training of the International University Global Theatre Experience lead by the prominent Artistic Director of IUGTE Sergey Ostrenko in Malpils, Latvia. The IUGTE website displays pictures and participant roster from the Director's Laboratory including a photo of the workshop participants.  Other photos from the practical training workshop in Latvia were taken by fellow participant Daniel Dewald.

Articles

Arthur Miller's Paper Doll

Discussed the significance of Arthur Miller's use of the popular 1942 hit song "Paper Doll" in his play A View from the Bridge.

Fall, 2011

Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, and Eddie Carbone

Discussed how Arthur Miller's feelings for Marilyn Monroe influenced the characters of Catherine and Eddie Carbone in the play A View from the Bridge. 

Fall, 2011

Language in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge

Language in Arthur Miller's play A View from the Bridge is an important component in the play's ability to provide integrity to the characters from New York and Italy.  The article examines the necessity and importance of language.

Fall, 2011

A View from the Bridge - Director's Notes

Provides and overview which set the context for conversation before and/or after viewing the production.

Fall, 2011

Shattering the Complete Illusion of Heightened Normalcy in Brain Friel's Translations.

Wrote an article to discuss the importance of "language" and "tradition" in Brain Friel's play.

Fall, 2010.

The Iconic and Historically Relevant "El Lector" Resurfaces in Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics.

Wrote the article to provide the concept and historical background for audience attendees. 

Spring, 2009.

On Collaborating with a Playwright in Process - Director's Perspective

Directed a new play reading entitled "Repairing a Nation" by Howard alumna and critically acclaimed playwright Nikkole Salter.  The article above discussed the process.  The article was posted via "Howard University's Playwight in Process Blog" November, 2008.

A Lesson Before Dying Review: Round House Theater

DC Theater Scene, September, 2007

PRODUCER

The Marriage of Figaro (Goshen, IN) - developed budgets, drafted and edited printed programs, facilitated the conversation which drafted the poster image, submitted press releases, and set deadlines and tech rehearsals for director and production staff (2014)

Wit (Goshen, IN) - developed budgets, edited printed programs, collaborated on the poster image, submitted press releases, assisted in locating costumes and props, and set deadlines and tech rehearsals for director and production staff (2013)

Joel Kawira's Senior Show - in addition to serving as faculty adviser, also approved original scripts, viewed and approved original videos used in show, approved programs, and assisted with the planning and implementation of refreshments (2013)

Twelfth Night (Goshen, IN) - developed budgets, edited printed programs, facilitated the conversation which drafted the poster image, submitted press releases, and set deadlines and tech rehearsals for director and production staff (2012)

Pregnancy and Drug Prevention Video (Lexington, KY) – secured shooting locations, contracted actresses, served as prop artisan, also wrote original song, located musicians and sound studio (2002).

AWARDS

Certificate of Merit Award for Directing presented by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Region III (November, 2013)

  • Selected to present an excerpt from Margaret Edson's Pulitzer prize-winning play Wit during the regions Evening of Scenes showcase, Saginaw Michigan, January 2014
  • Wit, Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Evening of Scenes, Saginaw, MI January, 2014 KCACTF 2014 Conference Program

President’s Excellence in Diversity and Multicultural Leadership Student Award, Western Illinois University, 2006

Graduate Student Research and Professional Development Fund Grant recipient, Western Illinois University, 2005

American Modeling and Talent Convention, 2000

1st Soap Opera Competition

1st Gospel Singing Competition

1st Dramatic Monologue Competition

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Mud, River, Stone 1998-1999 Actor’s Guild of Lexington

University of Kentucky Research Grant recipient, 1998

1st Place Dramatic Interpretation Senior KHSSL State tournament 1996

1st Place Storytelling KESDA State tournament 1996

Kentucky FBLA Stage Conference Talent Show Region 4, Most Talented, 1996

*References are available upon request*

Certifications

May 2010Present

Blackboard

CETLA
May 2009Present

Information Literacy

CETLA
May 2010Present

Writing Across the Curriculum

CETLA
May 2010Present

Distance Learning (DL)

CETLA
Mar 2011Present

Social & Behavioral Research - Basic

CITI Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
Jun 2010Jun 2011

At-Risk: Identifying and Referring Students in Mental Distress

Howard University

Discussions and Papers Presented

American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, CA) May, 2012                       Presented paper entitled A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community." May, 2012.  Conference Final Program PDF

Indiana Latino Higher Education Council Conference (Goshen, IN) May 18, 2012   Co-presented a workshop entitled Photovoice methodology: Exploring student perspectives of educational access and equity through photography and creative writing (May 18, 2012) Conference Workshop Sessions and Schedule

Mid-American Theatre Conference "Work" (Chicago, IL) March, 2012                          Presented a paper entitled "A Bridge between Peace, Justice, Religion, and Community." (March 2, 2102) and served as an actor during the Playwriting Symposium in the play If Mac Wellman Were a Fly On the Wall by Audra Lord, Oakland University; Director: Season Ellison, Northern Arizona State (March 3, 2012) Conference Final Program

Hawaii international Conference on Arts and Humanities, (Honolulu, Hawaii) January, 2012Presented a paper entitled Theatre Embraces Hybrid Teaching -- An innovative Approach to Incorporating Distance Learning and Traditional Course Instruction in the Arts (January 10, 2012) Conference Final Program

Mid-American Theatre Conference “Poor Theatre?” (Chicago, IL) March, 2009               Chaired a session at the Mid-American Theatre Conference and presented a paper entitled “The Bluest Eye: Collaborating to recreate Morrison’s compelling story onstage with limited economic resources”.  March 6, 2009

Mid-American Theatre Conference (Kansas City, Missouri) February, 2008                        Attended, Chaired, and Presented

Presented a paper entitled Prison Theatre: Cutting Through the barriers of language. Chaired Directing Symposium 2 – Extreme Communities: New Discoveries, New Experiments   February 28, 2008

African Literature Conference (Macomb, IL) April, 2008                                               Presented, Acted, and Directed staged readings

Presented a paper entitled Setting the Stage: African Diaspora Women Playwrights. Selected two students from the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University to travel and participate in the stage readings. April 27, 2008 Conference program PDF

Women of August Wilson Talk Session, (Washington, DC) Spring, 2008                             Chair of discussion session, Howard University Spring, 2008

Juneteeth Festival, (Long Branch, NJ)  Summer, 2008                                                                 Directed a Stage Reading of a new play entitled Green, Honey, Love Summer, 2008 Workshop (Washington, DC) Spring, 2007

Conducted an acting workshop for Cass High School students interested in attending Howard University. Workshop was hosted at Howard University.  Spring, 2007

Published Theatre review (Washington, DC) September, 2007

Wrote a theatre review published on the DC Theatre Scene website for Romulus Linney's A Lesson Before Dying based on the novel by Ernest J. Gaines. The production was produced by the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland and published on September 29, 2007.

August Wilson Conference (Lexington, KY) April, 2008

Presented paper entitled The Voice Within April, 2008

Mid-America Theatre Conference (Chicago, IL) March, 2006                                                  Visualized and Coordinated a Round Table Discussion entitled Academic, Cultural, and Social Responsibility. Other members of the discussion panel included Stephen Harrick (Bowling Green, Ohio), Nancy Jones (Head of Acting at the University of Kentucky), and Darrel Willis Sr. (Producing Director Dunbar Repertory Theater Company, New Jersey). March 2-5 2006.

Mid-America Theatre Conference, (Kansas City, Missouri) March, 2005                                  Presented a paper entitled Ancient rhythmic voices deeply rooted within the African tradition of drumming, and its impact on movement, script analysis, and contemporary directors. March, 2005

Western Illinois University, Fall 2005 (Macomb, IL) Fall, 2004                                                       Participant and vital panel member of a Panel Discussion at Western Illinois University entitled Theatre as Civic Engagement: How Race Influences Characterization as part of the 6th Annual Campus dialogue on Multicultural Issues. (Presentation focused primarily on diversity in casting) Fall, 2004