Summer is coming to an end! I have had an artistically and personally eventful summer. Here’s what I did and what’s next for me!
I kicked off the summer by quitting my receptionist position and taking a trip to Canada with my mom. We took a ferry to Victoria for tea, rode our bikes around Stanley park, and climbed the Grouse Grind or “Nature’s Stairmaster” among other exciting things. It was a great way to begin the summer before it was back to work for me!
Taught 6 of Weeks of Summer Camp at Studio East
I spent 6 very eventful weeks teaching play creation camps or “Talespinners!” at Studio East. From the thrilling Hogwarts and Star Wars weeks to the more calm but still exciting Enchanted Forest and Dragon Tales weeks, I had a blast teaching theatre to kids entering 1st through 3rd grade.
Taught 2 Weeks of Summer Camp at Youth Theatre Northwest
I spent 2 weeks teaching creative drama to students ages 2-5 at Youth Theatre Northwest. I had never worked for this company before but I took classes with them about 10 years ago. I had a total blast! The students were wonderful and Youth Theatre was accommodating and supportive to me as a new teaching artist. I’ll continue teaching with them this school year!
I musically directed a teen production of Urinetown
I spent 6 weeks of my evenings musically directing a group of super talented teens in a production of Urinetown. It was one of my biggest artistic challenges, having never musically directed before and taking the first dive with such a difficult score. However, it was also one of my greatest artistic successes. The show turned out fabulous with the combined efforts of the incredible artistic team I got to call my co-workers and the hard work and talent of the amazing teens. I’d love to musically direct again and luckily, I’ll have that opportunity with some of my upcoming classes.
I spent a week in New York City chaperoning a group of teens
I had the amazing opportunity of taking a week long trip to the Big Apple and seeing SEVEN Broadway shows. How did I land this awesome trip? I was an adult chaperone for a group of 25 teens who took the trip after spending six weeks studying acting, singing, and dancing at Studio East through a program called YAPI, Young Actors Professional Intennsive. Not only did I get to enjoy a trip to the city, I got to see the city through their bright and starry eyes. We had an exciting and tiring week which included not only shows but classes, subway rides, shopping, Poke hunting in Central Park, sleepovers in our hotel rooms and I even got to catch up with a few college friends who are now New Yorkers. What a blast!
What’s Next for Me?
I am so excited to say that I am a 2016-2017 cohort member of TAT Lab! Quoted directly from their website “The Washington State Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab is an eight-month professional development program with a focus on supporting arts education as part of basic education in K-12 schools. Participants benefit from ongoing learning over eight months, individualized coaching from master Teaching Artists, connections to state and national organizations, and peer learning and reflection. The TAT Lab cohort will include up to 32 Teaching Artists, working in all artistic disciplines and all regions of Washington State.” Cool, right?! You can read more about this exciting program here.
I have a full Fall teaching calendar!
I’ll be returning to both Studio East and Youth Theatre Northwest in the fall where I’ll be teaching ages Pre-K to 5th grade in all manner of awesome classes in music direction, creative drama, play creation, scene study, and musical theatre! I have totally fallen in love with teaching and I can’t wait for all of the awesome students I’ll have this fall!
Before I begin this exciting fall journey I’ll be going on a very exciting vacation in Japan! I’ll be spending 10 days exploring Tokyo, Hakone, and Kyoto with my girlfriend, Devin, whom I just celebrated ONE YEAR wtih. I guess we’ll see how well we travel together! I’ll be taking lots of photos and absorbing lots of awesome sights and I’m sure I’ll have tons to share afterwards.
What was the most exciting thing you did this summer? Have anything awesome lined up for the fall?
Thanks for reading! All my love! Mwa!