Educator

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Corrie is currently Associate Professor of Theatre in the Theatre and Dance Program in the School of the Arts at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Teaching Philosophy

My position as an educator is to empower students to take charge of their own present, and to equip them with the skills necessary to be productive professionals and conscientious citizens.  I fully believe in the philosophy of educating the whole person.  An undergraduate degree in theatre arts is an extremely flexible and practical foundation for a student to continue on into a wide variety of professions or graduate school.  Some of the tactics I use in the classroom to promote this type of well-rounded education include: script analysis, scene study, audition techniques, journaling, improvisation, physical exploration, class discussion, and the expectation of being prepared.  These assignments promote problem solving, ensemble work and experience-based application. My goal is to create an environment that is safe, challenging, dynamic, and vibrant.

A Few Courses Recently Taught at the University

Acting Two – a physical approach to character development through the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Voice Two – utilizing the work of Patsy Rodenburg this course integrates body alignment, breath, voice, speech, and text

Performing Shakespeare – embodying heightened text (for advanced acting students)

Audition Techniques – preparing students for “real world” auditions as well as graduate school interviews

The Alexander Technique – this course is designed to help students breathe, speak, and move with greater ease and freedom

Research and Creative Activity

Collaborating with playwright and professor, Kim Pereira, I am currently developing a one person show titled The Mythology of Women based on three women from sacred texts. I am interested in how these women evoke freedom, strength, and beauty not just through the actions of the characters, but through the language they speak. I am also interested in creating an educational addendum for this performance to help women (actors and non-actors) discover the freedom, strength, and beauty of their own voice and body. I believe women need to be seen and heard. Through theatre arts, I’d like to help individuals find their voice.

Professional Associations

Association of Movement Theatre Educators

Association for Theatre in Higher Education

International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association

Alexander Technique International

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Southeastern Theatre Conference

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