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Teaching Artist

"I just am so full of awe, and gratitude, and excitement and hope. Thank you for your guidance, good wishes, and honesty.  Thank you, Cathy, from the bottom of my heart, for your encouragement and support. " - Monykah

"I went to Cathy to help me prepare for musical theatre college auditions. Not only did she coach me on a monologue, she also helped me prepare and craft an extremely professional audition. Her expertise and encouraging attitude allowed me to reach my goals and succeed at my auditions. " - Madeline

In my work as a teaching artist since 1994, I have taught in school systems, led group workshops and classes for adults and young people, and provided individual coaching.  Topics include monologue development, vocal performance,16-bar musical theatre performance cuts, auditioning technique, and method acting.  I incorporate various methods into my teaching style primarily focusing on Uta Hagen, Viewpoints, and Stella Adler.  


Currently, I am not taking on additional full-time students but do schedule sessions to work with actors on audition prep. The sessions include finding the best material for the actor and for the show style, assisting with the musical cut preparation for the accompanist if applicable, coaching on the audition performance and providing tips for the audition process as a whole. Often, this will be a two to four session process.





Teaching Artist Experience

*  Certified in Principles of Teaching and Learning and Theatre by passing the PRAXIS

*  Completed COMP training (Classroom Organization and Management Program)


Above and beyond private instruction, below are some organizational highlights:

St. Mark's Catholic School, Wilmington, NC       Teaching Artist                                  Present

Teaching theatre classes to students grades 5-8.

DREAMS, Wilmington, NC                                     Teaching Artist                                  Present

Teaching an after-school musical theatre class to students in a disadvantaged population.

GLOW Academy, Wilmington, NC                        Teaching Artist                                 Present

Teaching Acting for the Real World to students in a disadvantaged population.

Performance Club, Wilmington, NC                      Director                                            2016

Directed summer performance of Freckleface Strawberry with ages 7-15.

Thalian Association, Wilmington, NC                   Teaching Artist                                 Present

Teaching summer camps and after-school programs in acting, singing, and dancing.


Bailey Middle School, Nashville, TN                     5th Grade Arts Instructor               2015-Present

Teaching basic theatre and music skills and directing an in-school production to 5th grade students in a metro disadvantaged school.


Vanderbilt Summer Academy, Nashville, TN      Teaching Artist                                   2012-2015

Worked with grades 7 through 12 teaching classes including Pitch Perfect (a capella performance), Living Newspaper (acting), Making of  Music Video, and Flashmob


Acting Up, Nashville, TN                                          Director/Teaching Artist                   2013-2014

Working with 40 elementary school students in an after-school environment to produce the musical Disney’s Aladdin in May of 2014.


Metro Parks Cultural Arts, Nashville, TN              Guest Theatre Instructor                 2007-2008

Adult Intro to Acting classes, Teen Scene Study and Improvisation classes


University School of Nashville, Nashville, TN       Substitute Theatre Instructor         2007-2013

Intro to Acting classes for grades 5-8


Harpeth Hall Summer Camp, Nashville, TN         Theatre Instructor                            2005

Girls, ages 4-8.  Final performances involved fairy tales and Dr Seuss


School of the Performing Arts, Franklin, TN         Music Instructor                               2005

Girls, ages 7-15.  Worked with Choreographer on creating song and dance routines for students.


Village Academy, Nashville, TN                               Guest Artist Instructor                    2005

Worked with troubled high school boys; created a “home movie” as final project


AIR (Artists in Residence), Dover, NH                       Artist in Residence                        2002-2005

Work with troubled girls, ages 12-16 for one week.  Created final performance that includes various styles of music, including original pieces written by the girls during the week.


Arts Rochester, Rochester, NH                                 Music Theatre Class Instructor    2004

Girls, ages 6-13. Created song and dance routines for students.


Arts Rochester, Rochester, NH                                  Private Piano & Voice Instructo  2002-2003

Taught individual voice and piano lessons to students ages 5-16


Biddeford High School, Biddeford, ME                     Regional Excel Theatre Teacher 1999-2000

An arts program for gifted students.  Taught theatre and improvisation culminating in a final performance.


The Bell Center, Dover, NH                                        Musical Theatre Class Teacher   1999-2000

Worked with ages 8-14.  Helped students create their very own music video.


Noble High School, Berwick, ME                                Excel Theatre Instructor              1998-2000

An arts program for gifted students.  Taught theatre and improvisation culminating in a final performance.


Hackmatack  Theatre Company, Berwick, ME         Director                                          1993-1998

Directed students ages 5-15 in children’s theatre shows presented to the public.


Prescott Park Arts Festival, Portsmouth, NH           Musical Director                           1997-1998

Directed students ages 5-15 in a children’s theatre show presented to the public.


ClassAct Dramatics, Portsmouth, NH                       Producer/Instructor                      1995

Taught theatre and movement summer program culminating in a final workshop performance.


Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Portsmouth, NH        Director                                           1992

Directed students ages 5-15 in a children’s theatre show presented to the public.


Derryfield School, Manchester, NH                           Theatre Instructor                         1989

Taught a summer theatre program culminating in a final workshop performance.

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