As far as I am concerned, a classroom without fun is also nonsensical and boring. I engage students in the classroom the same way I engage actors in the rehearsal hall: cultivating an intrinsic motivation to practice and learn by doing — understanding both drama and learning as the act of doing something fun.
I endeavor to encourage students to take their own stage as confident professionals and thoughtful global citizens. — whether that ends up being in the theatre, the conference room, or any other venue.
My professional and academic interests focus on renegotiating the relationship between actors and audiences as an act of radical hospitality, and I bring this interest and focus into a pedagogical practice that establishes a dynamic transitive connection between teacher and student. To this end, I orient my teaching practice towards two salient outcomes: to illuminate and complicate the traditions and processes of theatre; and to instill an intrinsically motivated practice of active collaboration that persist well beyond the classroom.
I am at my best as a teacher and director when I demonstrate that theatre is a powerful system of play, and that it is through play that theatre may radically transform lives.