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To educate the youth of our world (including myself!) through the wonderfullness that is theatre.
Ok, well I grew up in the smallll town of Farmington in central Maine. We're about 2.5 hours away from the ocean. Think more woods and dirt roads and lakes and rivers. I appreciated the small, tight-knit community while growing up and even more after I went away and came back. I am the oldest of four girls and family has always been extremely important to me.
Directly after high school I set out for Bennington College in Vermont. This was probably the first Best Decision of My Life. Bennington C. is a small (625 under grad students, another 100 grad students) very liberal liberal arts college in the very bottom corner of the green state of Vermont. Bennington stretched my mind, rid me of many inhibitions, asked me questions I didn't know the answers to, and forced me to make decisions for myself and take ownership and pride in who I am. I focused my studies in Theatre and Education with the goal of using the theatre arts as a medium for teaching across the curriculum. This has since become my professional objective.
After college I went straight to Italy and fell in love. With the country. I fell in love with the pace of Italy, the expressiveness of the people and their language, the beautiful land and the beautiful food. I toured for five and a half months in a theatre company of 28 English-speaking actors from all over the world. We traveled in groups of 3 or 4 and performed fairy tales and sketches to Italian school children to teach the English language. It was absolutely amazing. That job was the next Best Decision of My Life.
Now I am looking to continue that work, but in the United States. I believe the answer to the future is in the education of our children. And currently, we are having a very difficult time remembering the essentials of teaching and learning. I am now living in Hartford, Connecticut and working for Hartford Stage Company as a Resident Teaching Artist in the Education Department. The work is exactly what I have been looking for and it feels great to be doing something I love. I'm here until the end of August 2010 and then...
Just take it for what it is. Every day is a new day and any dream will do.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Basically my sister has done quite a bit of traveling in Europe and had some great experiences with couchsurfing. I've traveled through Italy and some of Germany, visiting a few other countries in between. I love sharing stories, hearing stories, and creating stories about traveling, the people you meet and the things you learn. I hope I can become an active member of this community!
Just getting started!
Traveling, Italy, theatre, teaching, kids, dancing, singing, musicals, silly putty, games, chocolate, cooking simple recipes, journaling daily, reading, writing fiction, couchsurfing!, playing piano and violin, organizing things, making lists, yoga, seeing the world, New England, the ocean, talking with friends, swimming!, Autumn, reading/writing/hearing/sharing stories.
Music, Movies, and Books
Books! I love to read. Here are the books on my shelf above my computer: The Riverside Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Words, Five Approaches to Acting, The Wadsworth Anthology of drama, The Great Origami Book, Don't Bump the Glump (Shel silverstein), Natural Choices for Women's Health, the Origami handbook, Greek Religion, The Van Gogh Cafe (Cynthia Rylant-favorite kids' book and children's author), A Teaching Artist at Work (Barbara McKean), Eat Pray Love, Einstein's Dreams, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Comedy, Shakespeare's Sonnects, Charlotte's Web, 13 by Shanley, The Plays of Checkhov, My Brother Sam is Dead, Number the Stars, The Giver, Top 10 Washington D.C., Top 10 New York, Webster's Italian Dictionary, Fast Talk Audio Italian, Grandfather Twilight, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, Material World: A Global Family Portrait (aMAZING book you should all check out!- by peter menzel), Zen Shorts.
Phew! There's a list.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
First thing I thought of: I witnessed the birth of two of my little sisters.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm going to think about this a bit more, but I'll be back.
Countries I’ve Visited
France, Italy, Netherlands
Countries I’ve Lived In
Germany, United States