The Educational Philosophy of JDHS Crimson Bear Theatre:
I believe that all students can become polished performers. Theatre is a home for any and all students. I have watched time and time again, students make major changes because of participating in theatre. Many students start out shy and unsure and blossom into unique and intriguing performers with a heart and soul for acting. I also work to create a family and an ensemble in my classes and in my casts. Everyone deserves to feel important and safe to create freely and openly. They learn to respect themselves as well as all the other students in the classes or the plays. I construct my teaching to help students become proud of their accomplishments.
I treat all of my students as actors who are serious about perfecting their craft. I tell all of them that THEY CAN, they just need practice and determination. I use many techniques from many fields of thought to help the kids understand individual concepts that they need to help each one clear a performance hurdle. When I see acting problems arise during rehearsals, I find the right acting exercise to teach the needed skill and then we use the work from the exercise to incorporate it into the play production.
I teach the students about professionalism. I raise the bar high for all of their performances and all of their class projects and performances as well. I teach deeper level acting skills all throughout the direction of a play performance using many different acting techniques to help students polish their individual acting skills beyond their imaginations. I believe that if you are going to ask people to pay to come to your show, then they deserve a polished, professional show. I work hard to help any student who comes into my classes or into a play production to hone their courage and presentational skills. I don't turn any student away. I find a place for everyone who would like to be in the show and I also find a place for them to shine. I also work closely with the self-contained special education department here at school, and I work to include them in both my classes and my shows. The program has been wonderful for them as well and wonderful for my other students to become familiar with and work with these students with special challenges. It has been a blessing to all involved.
The self-respect and sense of accomplishment my students build helps them in all walks of life. They grow into mature, creative, loving citizens of society who will also give back to the arts. It is a privilege to be a theatre teacher and director of teenagers.
- American High School Theatre Festival: Edinburgh Fringe Performance of Pippin 2013 (Top 50 North-American High School Theatre Programs)
- American High School Theatre Festival: Edinburgh Fringe Performance of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum 2017 (Top 50 North-American High School Theatre Programs)
- American High School Theatre Festival: Edinburgh Fringe Performance of The Healing 2020 (Top 50 North-American High School Theatre Programs)