Simone is a teaching artist in Dance and Musical Theatre with over five years of
teaching experience in her craft. She teaches with methods that encourage students to
practice self-awareness, confidence, authenticity, and ownership. No matter the subject,
standard, or grade level, students' confidence will be bolstered throughout the
experiences. All experiences will include activities that encourage collaborations in small
groups and creativity through student-led creations.
From Page to Stage teaches English Language Arts standards through student-written adaptations of popular or classic children's/young adult books. Students work together to create a script based on one story or book, and then take their script to the stage for performance. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their creativity and ability to conceptualize a performance. Through the experience, students will practice line memorization, stage presence, blocking, and character development while exploring grade-appropriate ELA standards.
For Every Action is a Musical Theatre-based experience teaching science curriculum through the study of action and reaction in theatre. Students will create a unique performance based on science concepts in which they become characters of the earth, the sea, or space. By the end of the week, students will have a 15-20 minute production - complete with song and stage blocking - to perform for their peers.
*For every action can also be taught through dance and choreography creation. Students will be encouraged to explore how the physical world reacts by studying concepts in dance such as time, weight, flow, space, shape, and even expression.
Once Upon A Lifetime is a Musical Theatre experience that teaches Social Studies standards through character development, creative movement, and song creation. Students will explore events and/or concepts through analysis, with the goal of creating a performance based on the event or concept being taught. Students will be reminded to consider: who are the characters and how they move. What do they do, and how do they do it? What is the setting and how do the characters interact with the setting? What similarities and differences can they draw between themselves and the characters? Our time together culminates with a small group or a full-class performance.