Teaching Artist

Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer

Utah Arts Council Teaching Artist, Workshop Facilitator,

 


Featured Workshops and Residencies:

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Click on image for a packet of teacher storytelling resources

Click on image for a packet of teacher storytelling resources

Revealing the Wolf: The Hidden Symbols and Meanings in Fairy Tales

Participants: Adults, Middle and High School Students.

Every story has an agenda - it’s a reflection of the teller and the times in which they lived. Fairy tales have been handed down for hundreds of years because they hold hidden messages for us - warnings, directions and advice for our lives. Yet they have gone through tremendous changes through the years. Who told them? Who changed them and why? What do they reveal about the societies in which they were told? What do they have to say about who we are today?

Think you know these old tales? Think again! Revealing the Wolf looks under Granny’s glasses and nightcap to find the wild and woolly truths about fairy tales.

 

 

The Story Lab

Participants: Adults, Writing Groups, Secondary School English and Writing Classes, Teacher Inservice.

The Story Lab looks at the molecular level of stories. Using the metaphor of crystals, we look at the nature, number and distribution of the parts of a story. How do they align and why do they work? This workshop is based on the Katherine J. Farmer Story Cone Model and the upcoming book, Cracking the Story Code. Like peering through a microscope, this innovative character-based model will change the way you look at story.

 

Other Workshops:

  • Stories in the Classroom: Building Student Tellers

  • Storytelling: Full STEAM Ahead in the Classroom   Storytelling is not the what to teach, it’s the how to teach. This workshop arms you with one of the most powerful, yet underutilized teaching tools there is. Participants will learn the basics of how to tell a story and, more importantly, how to apply story to your curriculum in effective, purposeful and easy ways. Let storytelling be the STEAM to power your classroom.

  • Shake, Rattle and Roll: Incorporating Music into Storytelling
  • The Complete Story: Turning Personal Anecdote into Story Using the Story Cone Model
  • A variety of teaching artist residencies that use theatre and storytelling to teach writing skills - custom fit to support your curriculum

Playwrighting


 
Set from the 2013 production at the Noorda Children's Theatre

Set from the 2013 production at the Noorda Children's Theatre

Making Mochi on the Moon

With Motoko Dworkin

Miko is caught between her father's Japanese ways and the American culture she knows and loves. Following Pearl Harbor, she is ripped from both worlds when she is sent to the Topaz Relocation Center. Miko and her new friend Betty are caught in the forces that swirl around them as they struggle to find a place to stand.

  • Semi-finalist at Write Now, 2015 (formally the National Bondsman Symposium)
  • National finalist at PLAYground: A Festival of Fresh Works, at Northwestern University, 2014
  • Semi-finalist at New Plays for Young Audiences, NYU 2014
  • A tour of readings as part of A Voice From the Dust produced by the Orem Public Library and the Utah Humanities Book Festival,  Sept 16 - 20, 2013 with special guest artist Motoko
  • One Act excerpt, regional finalist in Ten Minute Play Festival, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, 2012
  • Excerpt published in Touchstone , winner of Drama Award, Fall 2011

 

Messages

Commissioned by Drake University

What messages do the media and society send about the value and purpose of a human being? What parts of those messages seep into our skin without us being even aware? Messages juxtaposes those messages and images with true stories of dating violence for a stark look at how we view ourselvers and others.

  • Presented at the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Conference, March 22-24, 2017
  • Produced at Drake University Spring 2015 and 2016

 

 

Letters to Myself

With Dave Tinney and Rob Moffat

If you could say one thing to your 17 year old self, what would it be? We asked this question and got letters from all over the United States that became the foundation for this new work. Featuring original songs by Dave Tinney and Rob Moffat. It explores the follies, pain and surprises of growing up.

  • Toured with Utah Valley University's Black Box Repertory Company, Spring 2014 and 2015
 

The Story Stone

The Story Stone calls to all of us, but who will stop to listen? Two teens from warring tribes heed the call and find that they must work together to access the magic of the stone. Their journey teaches them the key to healing the conflict between their people. Will you come, and stop, and listen?

  • Produced at the Draper Historical Theatre, Jan 2015
  • Produced at The Noorda Regional Children's Theatre, Sept 26 -Oct 5, 2013
  • Semi-finalist, National Bonderman Symposium, 2011
  • Excerpt published in Touchstones , winner of Drama Award, Spring 2011

 

 

Dramaturgy


Click on image for production packet

Click on image for production packet

Click on image to view KCACTF award-winning packet

Click on image to view KCACTF award-winning packet

The Milk Dragon

By Suzan Zeder

  • Production dramaturg, Noorda Theatre, Spring 2015
  • New play dramaturg helping Suzan Zeder develop her never produced piece, 2013-2015.
 

 

Eurydice

By Sarah Ruhl

  • Production Dramaturg, Utah Valley University, Oct - Nov 2011; Directed by Lisa Hall Hagen
  • LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Fellowship, national finalist, 2012
  • Fellowship to the National New Play Dramaturgy Intensive, Kennedy Center, 2012
  • LMDA/ATHE Emerging Dramaturg Award, 2012
  • KCACTF Regional Program Note "Sarah Ruhl: A Distance From Normal." 
  • Dramaturgy packet used at McLennan Theatre in Waco, TX, April, 2013
2013 production at Growing Stage

2013 production at Growing Stage

With Two Wings

By Anne Negri

  • Assistant New Play Dramaturg, National Bonderman Symposium, 2011; with Dramaturg Judy Matetzschk-Campbell

The Back Story

You can find all sorts of information about me and my work presented here in a reimagined photo album of my life


Click here for upcoming events I was born into this world ready for adventure! Once I started to crawl, I still haven't stopped moving. Take a sneak peak here to see what I'm up to next. Photo: stock photo

Click here for upcoming events

I was born into this world ready for adventure! Once I started to crawl, I still haven't stopped moving. Take a sneak peak here to see what I'm up to next.

Photo: stock photo

Click here for letters of recommendation I became a teenager in the late 70's. I loved reading my Teen Beat magazine while listening to Andy Gibb and Debbie Boone on my green plastic transistor AM radio. (It was a momentary lapse, my childhood, rich with opera, musical theatre, classics and swing, later reemerges to bring me back to my senses.) I started to have more hair, but what in the world was I supposed to do with it? Photo: pic of Kristy McNicol, a teen star of the era. I never saw much of her work, but she was always cavorting across the pages of Teen Beat with Leif Garrett and sharing her secrets to loosing a few pounds, "Eat only cottage cheese for a few days."

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I became a teenager in the late 70's. I loved reading my Teen Beat magazine while listening to Andy Gibb and Debbie Boone on my green plastic transistor AM radio. (It was a momentary lapse, my childhood, rich with opera, musical theatre, classics and swing, later reemerges to bring me back to my senses.) I started to have more hair, but what in the world was I supposed to do with it?

Photo: pic of Kristy McNicol, a teen star of the era. I never saw much of her work, but she was always cavorting across the pages of Teen Beat with Leif Garrett and sharing her secrets to loosing a few pounds, "Eat only cottage cheese for a few days."

Click here to listen to some storytelling clips In my early 40's, I went back to school in theatre performance with an emphasis in playwrighting. It was a powerful time of deconstruction and re-creation. At the heart of everything I did and explored was story.  This will always be a favored chapter in my story. Photo: stock photo

Click here to listen to some storytelling clips

In my early 40's, I went back to school in theatre performance with an emphasis in playwrighting. It was a powerful time of deconstruction and re-creation. At the heart of everything I did and explored was story.  This will always be a favored chapter in my story.

Photo: stock photo

Click here for bios This photo looks so much like an actual photo taken of me at this age. When I was young, I was always in what my mother called a page boy hair cut. You have no idea how much spending years in this hair cut defined me. Growing up with hair you barely had to comb, stunted my growth and my hair care skills are still anemic! Photo: stock photo

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This photo looks so much like an actual photo taken of me at this age. When I was young, I was always in what my mother called a page boy hair cut. You have no idea how much spending years in this hair cut defined me. Growing up with hair you barely had to comb, stunted my growth and my hair care skills are still anemic!

Photo: stock photo

Click here to purchase product I went to high school in the early 80's. Now maturing in my cultural tastes, I said goodbye to my Bonne Belle Lip Smackers and focused on perfecting my New Wave dance moves to "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto." I was gaining a confidence, but was still struggling with the hair. (It makes me so happy to know that even Sandra went through a bad hair phase - too bad I'm still in it.) Photo: yearbook photo of Sandra Bullock

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I went to high school in the early 80's. Now maturing in my cultural tastes, I said goodbye to my Bonne Belle Lip Smackers and focused on perfecting my New Wave dance moves to "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto." I was gaining a confidence, but was still struggling with the hair. (It makes me so happy to know that even Sandra went through a bad hair phase - too bad I'm still in it.)

Photo: yearbook photo of Sandra Bullock

 
Click here for headshots So today, I'm trying to take all the rich experiences and musings from all these years and percolate them into all kinds of stories. I'm passionate about this work and the chance I have to work with all sorts of people. I as continue to learn, my story continues to unfold... Photo: Yep, this one's actually me. Photographer Alisia Packard    

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So today, I'm trying to take all the rich experiences and musings from all these years and percolate them into all kinds of stories. I'm passionate about this work and the chance I have to work with all sorts of people. I as continue to learn, my story continues to unfold...

Photo: Yep, this one's actually me. Photographer Alisia Packard

 

 

Click here for resume I was a devout tomboy. I can't tell you how many people asked me when I was growing up if I was a boy or girl. I really relate to the character of Scout, she had her eyes wide open and was hungry to take in and understand the world. Photo: A still of Scout from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird

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I was a devout tomboy. I can't tell you how many people asked me when I was growing up if I was a boy or girl. I really relate to the character of Scout, she had her eyes wide open and was hungry to take in and understand the world.

Photo: A still of Scout from the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird

Click here to listen to sample stories I married young and had children young and in many ways lived a traditional stay-at-home existence from another era. I loved it and found parenting a great creative outlet - of course, I was always learning and trying new things along the way - that's how I found storytelling, and plays, and singing and writing and... Disclaimer: I never baked cakes and my hair never looked that good. Photo: stock photo

Click here to listen to sample stories

I married young and had children young and in many ways lived a traditional stay-at-home existence from another era. I loved it and found parenting a great creative outlet - of course, I was always learning and trying new things along the way - that's how I found storytelling, and plays, and singing and writing and... Disclaimer: I never baked cakes and my hair never looked that good.

Photo: stock photo

Click here for quotes about my work This photo encapsulates so much about me in the 70s. I loved watching Wonder Woman (and Gilligan's Island and Hogan's Heroes and Six Billion Dollar Man and Fantasy Island and...) We were rabid TV watchers, but oh, how I loved to read! Hopefully, somewhere along the way all those then-classics (Treasure Island and David Copperfield) and now-classics (Ramona the Pest and Stuart Little) helped offset the vapid entertainment of the 70's. A big shout out to Ramona - another kindred spirit. Photo: stock photo

Click here for quotes about my work

This photo encapsulates so much about me in the 70s. I loved watching Wonder Woman (and Gilligan's Island and Hogan's Heroes and Six Billion Dollar Man and Fantasy Island and...) We were rabid TV watchers, but oh, how I loved to read! Hopefully, somewhere along the way all those then-classics (Treasure Island and David Copperfield) and now-classics (Ramona the Pest and Stuart Little) helped offset the vapid entertainment of the 70's. A big shout out to Ramona - another kindred spirit.

Photo: stock photo