. . . as a teacher . . .

"A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:

there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again"

                                        -- Alexander Pope

                                         Essay on Criticism


History of Theatre

Taught multiple sections of undergraduate classes in History of Theatre and Introduction toTheatre. Survey of classical to contemporary plays, writers, theaters, genres, politics and ideologies.


Taught Playwriting I and II in HS for 4 years. Taught 3 courses for MFA students, workshops funded by Poets and Writers and adult classes for Ensemble Theatre Company. Also taught playwriting to MS and HS students as a Theatre Artist 

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Creative Writing

Taught beginning and advanced classes for 3 years 


Taught all levels and styles of acting (including scene study and movement) at local  theatres. Taught acting for 4 years at private HS

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Taught over 20 undergraduate classes in Comparative Literature  and and Literature and Society (content focuses on the Short Story)

Playwrights and Screenwriters

Taught 4 Graduate courses in Playwrights and Screenwriters 

After reading RED by John Logan, we visited LACMA to experience an authentic ROTHKO  

History of  Women in Film, TV and Theatre

Designed curriculum for an upper level course intersecting gender studies with film/Theatre and Television History. Taught several sections focusing on how the three mediums codified the role of women in society and helped to subvert and/or support patriarchy over the course of western history.

Dramatic Literature

Taught several undergraduate classes in Dramatic Literature  covering classical and contemporary works

Composition and Rhetoric

Taught 4 years of HS English, and several sections of  College Composition,  Writing Fundamentals, and  Advanced Argumentative Writing.  Certified on-line college instructor for rhetoric