Our headings include a tab for activities where you will find a collection of theatre-based lesson plans and games that will help in any classroom; basic information from tech vocabulary to building sets with a low budget; a section of scenes, monologues, and plays based on the age group you are teaching and audition material and how to build a resume; and a spot for resources we think you may find helpful in furthering your search to create the best classroom including theatre education standards! Please also check out the University of New Hampshire’s Theatre and Dance Department page to learn about our theatre education programs. Thanks for visiting Drama Hub and keeping the arts alive in our schools!
Lauren Barton graduated with highest honors in December 2013 from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Theatre, emphases in Acting and Secondary Theatre Education. Among other areas of the theatre, she has experience as a director, teacher, and teaching artist working in several different US cities in rehearsal, camp, workshop, classroom, and residency settings. She has worked with public and private schools, community outreach programs, and professional theatres. She has taught and directed students in grades Pre-K through 12, all from different backgrounds and with different learning abilities. In addition to theatre, she has a passion for music, writing, food, photography, and making learning exciting. She currently resides in the central Florida area.
Samantha Corwin is a Youth Drama Major and member of the Class of 2018 at the University of New Hampshire. Originally from California, she now lives in nearby Northwood, New Hampshire. From a young age, Samantha knew she wanted to be a teacher and has continued to pursue that dream. After joining her high school’s drama department, she fell in love with everything theatre. After graduating, Samantha plans to become an elementary school teacher as well as teach drama. In her free time, Samantha enjoys spending time with her friends and family, including her dogs and cats.
Kimberly D'Agnese is an alumna of The University of New Hampshire where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre in 2014 and a Master of Education in 2016, and holds her NH State certification in K-12 Theatre Ed. Kim has dabbled in many different areas of theatre through her years working in NH, but most recently has done the majority of her work as a director and stage manager. She has been a director and choreographer at a handful of schools in New Hampshire over the past decade including Nashua High School South, Deerfield Community School and Concord High School, and is an active member of the theatre community in Portsmouth. Other pursuits include being a freelance makeup artist, a former Disney Cast Member, and being an extreme bibliophile. For more information and to view her digital portfolio, please visit www.kimberlydagnese.com .
Elizabeth Feinschreiber is currently studying Acting and Secondary Theatre Education at the University of New Hampshire, Class of 2019. She serves on the executive board of UNH’s only student-run theatre group, Mask and Dagger Dramatic Society. She is a Massachusetts native, but graduated from the Jacqueline M. Walsh High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Rhode Island as a theater major in 2015. She also spent 4 summers attending a professional theatre training camp at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Since being at UNH, Elizabeth has been in Mask and Dagger’s Steel Magnolias and Punk Rock, and the UNH Theatre/Dance Department’s Undergraduate Prize Plays both in Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 as well as Oedipus at Colonus. She has been in 11 Shakespeare shows and cannot wait for the opportunity to do more. Her other interests include cats, shopping, and tea (both hot and iced).
Olivia Fiore is a Teaching Artist from Long Island NY and holds a BA in Youth Drama from the University of New Hampshire. She recently spent a year in Kentucky working with Lexington Children's Theatre as a resident professional education intern. She has toured New England acting with The Little Red Wagon and is currently touring with the Merry-Go-Round Youth Tour in Central New York. She loves working with young people because she finds them to be wildly creative and hysterical. She believes art education is vital to the future of education and hopes to create educational programming that is engaging and entertaining with empathy at its core. Olivia enjoys cycling, eating large Italian meals, and dancing.
Alyssa Guida graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, where she studied both Musical Theatre and Secondary Theatre Education. She is a 2012 graduate of Tewksbury Memorial High School where she first learned of her passion for the theatre. In addition to performing in several productions, she has helped to create the touring children's show Rollie Robin, a childhood obesity prevention musical. She has also worked at the Sprague Performing Arts Collaborative, a summer theatre camp based in Concord, Massachusetts. In spring of 2014, Alyssa was the assistant musical director/assistant director for Tewksbury Memorial High School's production of Grease.
Will Lombard is from Malden, MA and is a member of the Class of 2017 at the University of New Hampshire, studying Musical Theatre and Secondary Theatre Education. At UNH, Will has most recently been seen as Black Fox in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Charles Guiteau in Assassins. He as also appeared in Anything Goes, Next to Normal, Chicago, Big Fish, and in the 2016 ArtsReach and Little Red Wagon Tours. Outside of UNH, he has appeared in West Side Story, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Chicago. Upon graduating, Will hopes to become a high school drama teacher while still performing. Outside of theatre, Will is an avid Red Sox fan and enjoys sports, video games, and sleeping.
Molly McKay is part of the Class of 2018 at the University of New Hampshire, where she studies Musical Theatre and Youth Drama. She's a New Hampshire native, from Goffstown, NH. She has been seen most recently in UNH's production of Little Fish as Cinder. She also was seen in the Summer 2016 Little Red Wagon Tour. Other credits include Big Fish, Dogfight, and Carrie the Musical. This spring (2017) She will be taking a temporary leave from the University to participate in the Disney College Program. Outside of theater, Molly enjoys relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Her plans for the future are to teach elementary school and continue to perform on the side.
Ina Nakuci is a Secondary Theatre Education and Acting double major and is planning on graduating in 2018 at the University of New Hampshire. A resident of Concord, NH, Ina has been involved in theatre ever since her early middle school days and carried that love for theatre all the way to college, where she knew she wanted a career in teaching. She has dabbled in both performing onstage and working offstage. Recent onstage performances include The Crucible; The Princess, The Pauper and Other Stories; and Eurydice, but currently has been working offstage for productions including Punk Rock, A Man’s World, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. When not in rehearsal or working, Ina enjoys working on Sudoku puzzles, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Margaret (Maggie) Quinn, a resident of Ellington, Connecticut, is a Secondary Theatre Education major with a Musical Theatre minor. Inspired by her past drama teacher, she wants to help students deal with everyday problems and stressful situations through theatre. After graduating in 2017, Maggie plans to continue on to get her masters degree. When she isn't studying, Maggie can be found watching YouTube videos, spending time with her family, friends, pets, volunteering at animal shelters, and teaching her parrots how to talk.
Kelsie Sawyer graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 with a BA in Theatre and a double emphasis in Secondary Theatre Education and Theatre Design and Technology. Since graduating, Kelsie has worked at several Theatre camps, explored set designing for professional theatre, and has created and taught numerous theatre programs for all ages. Kelsie is currently working as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student in 8th grade. When she isn't teaching, Kelsie also enjoys hiking, drawing and painting, and relaxing with a cup of hot tea and dark chocolate. Kelsie currently resides in Southeastern New Hampshire.
Morgan Simmons is a Secondary Theatre Education major and in the graduating class of 2019 at UNH. In previous years she played Ethel Rosenberg in Angels in America: Part Two Perestroika , Pooty in Reckless, and was an assistant stage manager for A Mans’ World. She will also be a Disney College Program cast member for Spring 2017. In the future, she hopes to build a safe and stimulating environment for her students and inspire them to find their place in the working world. In her free time, she enjoys riding her moped around town and teaching her mother how to hook up literally any piece of technology to the television.
Brooke Snow, a Massachusetts-based theatre educator, graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016 with a degree in Secondary Theatre Education. While at UNH, she was the Executive Director of the student-run theatre company, Mask and Dagger Dramatic Society. Brooke currently works in the Pentucket Regional School District, where she primarily works with middle and elementary school students. Directing credits include Carrie: The Musical, Seussical Jr., Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and the original play Switched. She is a licensed theatre teacher (K-12) in Massachusetts. Brooke is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Educational Theatre at New York University Steinhardt. In addition to theatre, Brooke fancies reading, frozen yogurt and reality television. You can visit her website at www.brooke-snow.com .
Ryan Tyler graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2015 as a Youth Drama major. He graduated from Landmark School in 2011. He is studying to incorporate theatre techniques into standard classes.
Rachel Vilandre is a freelance theatre educator and artist hailing from Worcester, Massachusetts. She has since relocated to the seacoast after graduating magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire with degrees in Secondary Theatre Education and American Studies. She has collaborated with New Hampshire Theatre Project, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Seven Stages Shakespeare Co., PinkOrange, and Threshold Stage Company, among others, and has completed student teaching and residencies in several area schools. Rachel is inspired by intellectually-driven and socially-motivated art as well as classic literature. She continues to work as a director, educator, costume designer, property master, and stage manager in addition to her day job at John Hancock Benefit Administration. She fancies herself as the world’s first Freelance Teaching Theatre Artist Benefit Analyst.