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Bachelor of Education,                                      
Queen’s University                                            
April 2014                                                               
 
Ontario Certified Teacher, Intermediate/Senior Division, Drama and History with a focus in Artist in Community Education

Bachelor of Arts Honours,                                
Queen’s University                                              
April 2013​ 


Major in Drama, graduating with honours
work experience

Community Programs Manager
Young People's Theatre
September 2018-Present
  
In addition to some responsibilities below, I now also manage a team of artist educators to support the planning and delivery of all community programs for children, youth and families, including weekly drama residencies for community partners such as SickKids hospital, parent resource centres and Toronto shelters. I am also responsible for coordinating the many access and inclusion initiatives at the theatre with creative and production teams, including Relaxed and Audio Described Performances, as well as American Sign Language Shadow Interpreted Performances (including directing the process of blocking onstage interpreters into the performance and collaborating on adapting lighting designs as required).


Member Schools & Education Manager
Young People's Theatre

September 2016-September 2018
  
I developed drama workshops and longer-term educational programming for schools, working with students, teachers, and artist educators, as well as often the casts, creative and production teams to deliver and/or support these programs. I coordinated and facilitated education events including post-show Q&As, tours, Artist Educator Trainings and Teacher & Community Previews. I continually delivered ongoing needs assessment and program evaluation.


Education & Outreach Coordinator
Theatre Direct and the WeeFestival

September 2015-September 2016

I coordinated all education initiatives including workshops, in-school residencies, school performances, and professional development sessions for educators. I coordinated all artist educators and volunteers associated with these programs, and ensured that all of the artists in our school and community programs were compliant with school board standards. I developed and delivered outreach strategies, coordinated school and public bookings, and assisted with general marketing and communications. I also created educational resources such as study guides and social stories. Larger projects included coordination of the Firefly Project, an in-school drama and storytelling residency for kindergarten students; and school, daycare and community outreach for the international WeeFestival of Theatre and Culture for Early Years. 


Festival Administrator 
The Kick & Push Festival

March - September 2015

I oversaw the daily administration of this innovative immersive theatre festival in its inaugural year. Supporting the development and execution of the marketing plan, I also acted as the general contact to media and the public. I liaised with associate presenting companies, and supported the coordination of Festival productions. I also recruited, supervised and trained all student hires and volunteers, and promoted and hosted the educational masterclass series.


Drama School Faculty
Young People's Theatre

January - June 2015


Developed and delivered engaging and age appropriate lesson plans and facilitated weekly drama school classes for grades 5-6, with a focus on collaboration, ensemble-building and the creative process. I differentiated my instruction for students of various abilities and multiple exceptionalities, with an emphasis on inclusivity for everyone.


Marketing Associate, Outreach and Contact Programs
Educators Financial Group

September 2014- March 2015

Worked in marketing communications to implement Ontario-wide outreach strategies targeting the education community, including email and direct mail campaigns and supporting the smart money bus tour. I also coordinated financial planning workshops for Ontario education members, as well as coordinated our involvement at various conferences. I researched, developed and distributed ongoing online digital marketing content such as the monthly educational resource “Educators Tips” and contributed to the enhancement of the Online Learning Centre.


Performer
Salon Theatre Productions

June -September 2014
  
Performed in and contributed to the ongoing development of “In Sir John A’s Footsteps”, a musical historical walking tour of downtown Kingston about Canada’s first Prime Minister, as well as “The Macdonald-Cartier Project” (Directed by Jim Garrard), an original immersive theatre production, both to enrich tourism and historical awareness in Kingston.

 
Drama Instructor
Kingston Youth Arts Cooperative 

October 2013- April 2014
 
Facilitated ensemble drama sessions for a program that provides free weekly arts experiences to youth in Kingston ages 4-12, and delivered weekly, in-school drama outreach programs to underserved youth. 

 
Hands on Heritage Instructor
​The Oakville Museum

May 2013-August 2013
 

Responsible for planning and conducting educational summer programs in a museum context, and accountable for the well-being of program participants aged 3-12. The program my co-worker and I developed and managed was voted #1 for Customer Service for camps in Oakville that year. 
 
 
Drama 100 Teaching Assistant
Queen’s University  
September 2012-April 2013
 
Responsible for teaching a first year Drama lab. I ensured my students’ smooth transition into first year, designing and meeting desired learning outcomes to support student success throughout the year. Other duties involved marking papers, writing constructive comments, and tracking lab attendance and participation.
 

Head of Education & Performer
Barefoot Players

April-August 2012

As a performer for the Queen’s University drama department’s summer Theatre for Young Audiences company, I toured to various school and community settings in the Kingston area performing as Ariel in an adaptation of The Tempest (Directed by Kim Renders). Concurrently, as the ensemble’s Head of Education, I conducted outreach to schools, developed a curriculum-based study guide and facilitated post-show workshops.

internship & volunteer experience

Co-Founding Artistic Director,
Colliding Scopes Theatre

April 2011-August 2014

 

Co-founded a theatre company that creates immersive works of devised theatre for unconventional spaces, and directed the collective creation process for the company’s first two productions. I collaborated with writers, designers and performers; auditioning, creating and rehearsing with them as well as noting performances. Administratively, I was also responsible for managing and ensuring the sustainability of the company’s operations, programs, finances, and community support through leading strategic planning, development, and fundraising efforts. I also developed school and community partnerships, through which I facilitated various bespoke immersive theatre workshops.
 

Education & Community Outreach Intern,
Luminato Festival

April-June 2014


Assisted with coordinating, implementing, promoting and evaluating workshops, artist-in-the-school programs, community and youth arts projects and discussions. I led workshops and also provided support for workshop facilitators. I liaised with the marketing, volunteer, and ticketing services departments to coordinate related activities and ensure diverse public participation at the Festival’s community programming. I maintained databases of partners and participants, and was a Festival liaison between partners and participants, artists, schools and the community.
 

Education & Community Participation Volunteer,
Young People’s Theatre

March-April 2014 

Assisted with education and community participation programs, events and initiatives. Led workshops with associated Member Schools and provided on-site support for other workshop facilitators and resident artist-educators. Supported the development of a digital curriculum-based study guide, complete with pre- and post-show discussion questions and activities.
professional development


Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education
from UBC 

February-March 2017

​This course focused on envisioning how Indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work we do in classrooms, organizations, communities, and our everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. It emphasized how we can change institutional structures, practices, and policies, as well as personal and professional ideologies to create environments that are committed to strengthening our relationships with Indigenous peoples.


Relaxed Performance Intensive
with Include Arts
October 2015 & May 2016

These sessions addressed creating more inclusive arts experiences for audiences with varying needs and exceptionalities, with in-depth exploration of relaxed performances as well as accessible marketing and audience development strategies.


"Dream: The Joy of Creating"
with Punchdrunk Enrichment

January 2015


One of twelve participants selected internationally to learn Punchdrunk Enrichment’s ground-breaking approach to creating theatre for young audiences. We created an educational, immersive theatre experience for the students of Hamstreet Primary Academy in Kent, England.
  

Audience Outreach and Engagement
from Ryerson University

November-December 2015


This course addressed the interchange between the product and the audience; the building of a successful initial experience to develop loyalty to the art and/or event; different kinds of engagement strategies in the digital world; and multiple marketing techniques to cross-cultural and intergenerational audiences.
community involvement

National Champion for Canada, ASSITEJ International Inclusive Arts Network

Juror for the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Awards, Theatre for Young Audiences Division

Member of the Professional Arts Organizations Network for Education (PAONE)

Former member of the Paprika Festival advisory board


Emergency First Aid + CPR C and High Five Healthy Child Development certified
 
Directed and performed in various university and community theatre productions
 
Performed as the main vocalist at weekly on-campus jazz nights at Queen’s University
 
​Former member of The Caledonias a capella choir at Queen’s University
 

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