Directing and teaching go hand-in-hand for Joelle. She's been an educator for over 25 years, experienced teaching a large variety of theatre and film classes at universities (Kansas State, University of Georgia, Radford University, SUNY Stony Brook), professional theatres and secondary schools.
Topics covered include:
Acting for the Camera
Acting for the Stage
(Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced)
Consent & Staged Intimacy
Digital Video Production and Directing
Directing for the Stage
Introduction to Film
Introduction to Theatre
Movement for the Actor
Voice for the Actor
Recent innovations in teaching methods:
1. Designed one of the first in the country higher education courses in Consent and Intimacy, adapting and creating extensive class materials and exercises.
2. Developed new exercises to scaffold Consent and Intimacy Practices for undergraduate and/or less experienced actors, then shared this practical teaching research and resources with other theatre educators at ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education).
3. Refocused Fundamentals of Directing to create an anti-racist, less hierarchical practice and encourage empathy with marginalized characters, then shared this practical teaching research with other theatre educators at ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education).
4. Developed new, scaffolded techniques and exercises for Fundamentals of Acting students based around Constantine Stanislavsky’s last rehearsal practice of Active Analysis, which I will be sharing as a workshop at the upcoming international Stanislavsky Symposium in Prague.