I offer a variety of group classes and workshops in acting and singing. Sessions are crafted to the needs of each class, ranging from the professional actor, to university students, to young aspiring actors from middle school and high school. I have served as a teaching artist at the following institutions: Lafayette College, The University of Central Michigan, Anderson University, Butler University, The University of Wisconsin Green Bay. I have also worked as a teaching artist with many leading theater companies and institutions around the country including: The Shakespeare Theater - D.C., The Washington National Opera, Kansas City Starlight Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, The Manhattan Theater Club, The Vanguard Theater's Broadway Buddies Mentoring Program - Elizabeth, NJ, Educational Performance Tours - NYC, Performing Arts Programs (New England), Soyulla Artists (NYC) and Arts for Anyone (Tri-State Area).
Pesky Resident Artist at Lafayette College
In 2012-2013, I held the position of The Pesky Artist in Residence at Lafayette College , where I served in both the Theater and Music Schools. In the School of Music, I taught private voice lessons to undergraduate students, prepared a series of voice workshops for the Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Kelly, performed with The Marquis Consort under the direction of Dr. Jorge Torres, and performed Annual Faculty Recital.
In the Theater Department, I taught a series of classes in the Acting Shakespeare course, in conjunction with Dr. Suzanne Westfall. These classes incorporated elements of voice production, text analysis, scansion, which were then applied to monologues, and scene study. In the spring semester, I participated in a course taught by Dr. Westfall and Professor Jamila Bookwala Ph.D, (Dept. Head of Psychology), which focused on the development of a new play, “On Aging” directed by Dr. Westfall. The class teamed together theater and psychology majors, who ventured out into the local community and interview elderly individuals. These collected stories were artfully combined with poetry and song to create a docudrama that challenged the negative stereotypes associated with growing older. The project received a grant from The Mellon Foundation. I assisted the students with principles of creative storytelling during the development of the play, and led several classes on voice production and stage deportment during the rehearsal process.
In fulfilling my obligations as the Pesky Artist in Residence, I produced and performed a concert, “Amor Y Desengaño” (“Love and Betrayal”). This performance was a tribute to Gilberto Monroig, one of the most cherished popular singers of Puerto Rico. The show consisted of songs, popularized by Monroig in the fifties and sixties, brought together in a modern adaptation to tell an impassioned story of “Love and Betrayal”. I performed these songs with a band comprised of some of the most accomplished musicians from today’s New York Latin music scene, including Yayo Serka - percussion, Juancho Herrera - guitar, and Vitor Gonçalves - Accordion. I also performed with The Marquis Consort under the direction of Dr. Jorge Torres, and the Annual Faculty Recital.