Lisa Cocchiarale (Drama, Preschool) B.A. John Carroll University and post-graduate theatre study at Rowan University. Lisa is the Founding director of Widener University’s FreshBaked Theatre Company, which serves children and families in greater Chester/Delaware County with quality theatre for young audiences. She is a talented performer, teacher, and director and has taught locally at Stagestormers and the Carousel Performing Arts Center. Her directing credits include the Players Club of Swarthmore and serving as director of Lafayette, Indiana’s Civic Youth Theatre, Lisa was honored as “Outstanding Youth Director” in 2000 for her educational outreach production, The Orphan Train.
Brigid Culloty (Drama) Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre: The Catholic University of America. A former Darlington student, Brigid studied voice and acting here through middle school and high school and is thrilled to be back as a teaching artist! As a high school senior, Brigid won The English Speaking Union for the state of Delaware, a national Shakespeare competition, and performed in the Lincoln Center with students from across the United States. Brigid has been acting professionally on stage in many Philadelphia area theatres over the past few years. She impresses the concepts of discipline, hard work and time management with her students – reinforcing the idea that you only get back what you put in! She loves seeing her students grow and transform – both as actors and people – as they learn about the dynamic and inspiring world of theatre.
Patricia Jordan (Drama) B.A. Theatre and Communication Arts, Villanova University. Advanced Acting with Herbert Berghof and Musical Theater with Hal Holden, New York. Workshops Royal Shakespeare Company and Grotowski’s Polish Theatre Laboratory. Private voice study and Juilliard Opera Work-shop. Graduate studies in acting, playwriting and directing. Pat is a recognized professional actor and has received accolades for award-winning and critically acclaimed performances throughout the East Coast. She is also well known for her work as a principal performer in national commercials and feature films. Pat recently portrayed Mary Todd Lincoln at President Lincoln’s cottage in Washington, D.C. and won the Sonnet contest at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Her theatrical work as an Artist-in-Education has reached hundreds of students (and teachers!) throughout the years and numerous of her private students have been accepted into highly regarded drama programs throughout the country. Several of Pat’s drama students appeared in the premiere performances of her published plays.
Christina May (Drama) BFA Theatre Arts, University of the Arts. Christina’s teaching experience includes the Walnut Street Theatre, Inner City Movement of Philadelphia. She is also Founder of Image of The Word, LLC, which provides acting coaching for aspiring artists. Christina describes her teaching as colorful, organic, intentional, fun, exciting, full of depth, and creating a safe space for students to learn, discover, express and create.
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