This past year marked my first adventure in teaching.  I joined the Academy of Children’s Theatre (I’m listed last) to teach film acting to children ranging from 9 years of age to 17.  We met for classes in which I discussed film terminology and approaching acting on camera and we practiced various techniques.  Each class had two shoot dates in which we shot a final short film written in the vein of the town meeting scene in the film “Jaws”. In our version, written by a previous class director, the film revolved around a high school student council meeting in which the students discussed what to do about a squirrel terrorizing everyone and threatening the cancellation of homecoming weekend.  The final films were adorable and hysterical.

I met wonderful kids in these classes and the Academy is an amazing place where anyone can have a chance to perform, even children with handicaps.  It was a lot of hard work but the payoff was how much the children learned and responded to these classes.  I am not sure yet if I will continue teaching, very hard to balance this with my other professional work at this time, but the Academy’s founder, Lynn is an amazingly talented and generous woman and I have found that I have a knack for this teaching thing so….time will tell.  Below are some class photos at the end of filming each of the three class’s short films: “The Tiny Terror”.

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