Oklahoma Teaching Artist Roster
Theatre & Storytelling
The Teaching Artist Roster is a resource list of Oklahoma artists who have been vetted by the Oklahoma Arts Council and are available to schools and organizations for arts education and learning programs. Each artist accepted to the roster has demonstrated artistic and instructional abilities, and is familiar with curriculum and instructional strategies.
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Emphasizing cultural diversity in his programs, Al Bostick’s personal philosophy is that children and adults must know where they've come from to know where they are going. Through fairytales, fables, myths, legends, and tall tales, Bostick helps audiences view the world as it was, as it is, and as it could be.
Using storytelling, improvisation, simple mime, creative movement, and puppetry, students explore literature and create original plots and stories.
Kevin Connywerdy's goal for his exciting residencies includes educating participants in all aspects of Native American culture and teaches students the authentic way to make Indian cultural items.
Kid Co Theatre
All Kid Co Theatre programs utilize a process of collaborative play creation that Ben and Lia developed while teaching drama in schools and in professional theaters.
LaTasha Marie Eck
LaTasha Marie Eck promotes mini-theater, a workshop designed for students in middle schools, high schools, and alternative schools. Students in her residencies may participate in dramatic readings, poetry, historical theatre, props and set design, playwriting, and creative or lyrical writing.
Carol Collier Goodwin
Carol designs multi-arts workshops that are fun and valuable to both students and teachers.
Joe's residencies begin with basic pantomime skills and continue with theatre games, trust exercises, juggling, cooperation and competition games, and can bring to the classroom lessons in goal setting.
Mahenwahdose with Will Hill
Experience the traditional art of Native American folklore taught to Native American children long ago. Students will learn the importance of the oral tradition of America's first people, which will encourage them to seek out the stories that come from their own family and community. The participants will become part of the story while music, language, and dance are incorporated in each presentation.
Joann McMillan's residencies may include: making simple stick puppets, articulated stick puppets, hand puppets and/or giant puppets. Residencies may also include puppet manipulation, performance skills such as speech and dramatic movement, use of multimedia effects in performance, a performance using puppets and, if desired, multimedia effects using a projected presentation.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
Their unique residencies bring to life a variety of theatre techniques and engage students in improvisation dance and fight choreography.
From literature and composition to creativity and critical thinking, ShaunPerkins’ talent at bringing the written word to her students has helped her to connect with diverse student populations and has earned her acclaim as an educator.
Doobie Potter can lead students through the whole production process from start to finish or help find different ways to stimulate a creative writing project, dramatize a book, expand non-verbal skills or write a play through improvisation and cooperative learning techniques.
Susan Scott has 27 years of experience directing, acting and conducting drama workshops for people of all ages. She works with students in alternative education and has taught creative dramatics at various summer arts camps around the state.
Nick Sweet’s art classes focus on the connection between dramatic arts and language arts. Through directing plays and musicals and through numerous teaching opportunities at all grade levels, Sweet’s classroom activities include expressive use of voice and body, verbal and non-verbal communication, improvisation, character analysis, plot devices, and the construction of a backstory for plays, stories, and poetry.
DWe Williams is a lifelong storyteller specializing in using storytelling, creative drama, theatre, and interdisciplinary arts to enhance learning and development with all ages. In multigenerational settings, modifications are made to allow all participants to share and experience interdisciplinary activates based on a common theme.
Sandra D. Williams
An Oklahoma Arts Council teaching roster artist since 1985, Sandra Williams directs plays and teaches workshops for community theatres and schools, including alternative education sites. She leads her classes with fun, learning, and creative expression brought out through improvisation and theatre games.
(Note: Teaching Roster artists are not employees of the Oklahoma Arts Council)