Teaching/Instruction

Autumn is certified to teach English (6-12) in the Florida public school system and has taught English/World Literature in the International Baccalaureate Program at Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Florida.  Prior to teaching in the IB Program, she taught English as a Foreign Language at Naha Senior High School and at the middle school level for Yaeyama Board of Education in Okinawa, Japan while on the JET Program.

Autumn is an instructor of English Composition and Research Methods, Business Writing, and Creative Writing at UNLV, where she recently completed her MFA in the Creative Writing program.

She has experience teaching ESL Conversational English lessons and was the Coordinator of Academics/Head Teacher for the English Language Center summer school at University of California-Santa Barbara in 2016.  She has taught and tutored both children and adults in ESL with a focus on conversation as well as writing.

Autumn has taught theater and performance workshops at the St. Petersburg Public Library in Florida and Hiyamikachi Cultural School in Japan. She is able to offer workshops in devising original movement theater and site-specific performance to adults and children.

Some examples of coursework she has designed and taught:

Introduction to Creative Writing 

Taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2018)

This course is a workshop designed to introduce you to the skills needed to write poetry, fiction, and dramatic texts.  In order to be a writer, you must also learn how to read like a writer.  This means you’ll be reading a variety of texts this semester.  We’ll read poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and a play or two, as well as theoretical writing on creativity, technique, and craft. Unlike a traditional literature course, which might focus on the meaning of a text or its cultural implications, this course is workshop oriented, focusing on craft (the elements/working parts of the text) in order to better understand how these works were created and how you can learn from them in order to create your own original pieces.  You will be reading to become writers and you’ll be writing every class in order to develop habits that will enable you to sustain your creativity and writing. Each week we will be critiquing several students’ work. Everyone will be required to contribute feedback to the writing and to contribute to the discussion of “workshopped” writing in class. At the end of the semester, each student will have had 2 poems and one 4-5 double spaced page short story (or combined two to three 150-200 word microfiction pieces in lieu of 1 short story) and 1 ten page 10 minute play/or 3 page single spaced monologue or poetic performance piece critiqued. Additionally, students will write a variety of forms throughout the semester via writing prompts.

Introduction to Physical Theater

Taught at ひやみかち学校 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan (2013-2014)

This class is geared for beginners and is open to anyone, regardless of prior experience or language ability.  The class will be taught in English, with some Japanese.  Both languages are welcome and both Japanese and non-Japanese are encouraged to attend.  The classes will be centered around games and exercises to loosen the body, and activities centered around movement and physical expression.  We will explore miming, clowning, simple dance/choreographic phrases (no prior dance training is required), and creating group scenarios through physical expression.  The only requirement is that you’re able to move your body without any problems.
What is Physical Theater:  Physical theater is a type of theater that emphasizes physical expression to tell a story.  Some forms of physical theater include: mime, clowning, the teachings of Jacques Lecoq, Poor Theater of Jerzy Grotowski, tanztheater (Pina Bausch), Viewpoints, SITI, etc.
Self-Expression Using Theater Methods
Taught at ひやみかち学校 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan (2013-2014)
Using both English language texts and improvisation in English, participants become more comfortable with conversational English without feeling inhibited to use it.  The class is collaborative and supportive of all levels of English language ability, though prior English experience makes the activities easier to engage in.   The students will create scene work, participate in improvisation games, and perform skits and short plays for each other.
For more information:  PDF leaflet of classes

 

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