Martha Bakken

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Charles Baldwin

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David Chard

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Jeff Coburn

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Priscilla Fales

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Ellie Friedland

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Ellie Friedland, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the Boston University Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and has been a teaching artist for the Wheelock Family Theatre for twenty years. As a teaching artist for the Wheelock Family Theatre she leads workshops for teens and adults in Theatre of the Oppressed and clowning. She is a practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed, and her book “Come Closer: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed” was published in 2011.  Her chapter “Image Theatre as Reflective Practice in Teacher Education” was published in Warren Linds and Elinor Vittrano’s book Playing in a House of Mirrors:  Applied Theatre as Reflective Practice in 2015.

Ellie studied and trained with Augusto Boal, the originator of Theatre of the Oppressed, and with Allen Schoer of The Actors Institute, in New York and Boston.  She is a past secretary and past president of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, and has presented at every Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed annual international conference since 2003.

Ellie integrates her background in theatre in her teaching in early childhood education and in her professional development work with teachers. At Wheelock College she taught Clowning for Social Change and Education and Theatre for Social Change, as well as other theatre courses. Ellie frequently presents at state, national and international conferences and provides professional development for early childhood education professionals on anti-bias education, integrating drama and movement throughout the curriculum, and creating welcoming environments for LGBTQ families and staff and for children with gender expansive behavior. She does Theatre of the Oppressed and professional development for teachers in Guatemala, with the Safe Passage program, an enrichment program for children and families who live and work in the Guatemala City Dump, with UPAVIM (United for a Better Life) a  women’s collective in Guatemala City, and with CEIPA, a not-for-profit organization in Quetzeltanango that educates and advocates for child laborers.

Eric Hermanson

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Eric Hermanson is an attorney and a partner at the Boston office of White and Williams LLC.  He lives in Cambridge and is an active supporter of the arts.

Susan Kosoff

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Susan Kosoff is a theatre director, playwright, author, and professor emerita at Wheelock College.  She is a founder of the Harwich Winter Theatre and the Wheelock Family Theatre, and takes pride in its reputation for ground-breaking work in nontraditional casting, arts access, and theatre education.  Ms. Kosoff’s plays have been performed on stages around the country.  Her most recent publication is the two-volume set, The Young Actor’s Book of Improvisation:  Dramatic Situations from Shakespeare to Spielberg, co-written with Sandra Caruso.  She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development, and is a member of the boards of StageSource, Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, and Wheelock Family Theatre.

Jamaul Miller

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Holly Oh

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Myran Parker-Brass

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A Chicago native, Myran Parker-Brass is a music educator, administrator, consultant and professional musician with thirty years experience providing access to quality arts and education.  In 2009, Myran joined the Boston Public Schools (BPS) as Executive Director for the Arts providing strategic vision and systemically building and deepening arts education focused on quality, equity and access for all students. The BPS arts expansion and collective impact strategies are national models for urban school districts. Before joining BPS, Myran was Director of Education for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in her twenty year tenure she developed model programs to support arts education for all Massachusetts communities. Myran also served as Chair of Experiential Education at Longy School of Music, developing the graduate teaching artist training program. Myran has extensive experience as a strategic and cultural planning consultant and serves on the board of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Landmark Orchestra and the Arts Education Council for Americans For The Arts.  In 2014 Myran received the Excellence in Arts Education Award from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and in 2016 was selected as a member of Education Week’s class of “Leaders to Learn From”.

Jane Staab

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Jane Staab is a founder of the Wheelock Family Theatre and the Harwich Winter Theatre. She was Business Manager, Casting Director and Actor Coach at both Theatres as well as resident AEA Actor, Director, Composer and Playwright. Her acting credits include a National tour of Lovers with Art Carney, Broadway production of Prince of Homburg with Frank Langella and several roles with the NJ and CA Shakespeare Companies.  She taught Public Speaking and various Theatre courses at Wheelock College for 33 years.  She continues her Teaching, Directing and Acting at Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre.  Her belief that ‘Live Theatre Transforms Lives’ has inspired her work with young people and adults for over 50 years.

Gene Thompson-Grove

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Eldin Villafane

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Harvey Young

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