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Lisa Cocchiarale (Drama, Preschool) B.A. John Carroll University and post-graduate theatre study at Rowan University. 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. Has taught locally at Stagestormers, Carousel Performing Arts Center; has directed at the Players Club of Swarthmore. A former 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 got to perform in the Lincoln Center with students from across the country. Brigid has been performing regularly in many theatres in the Philadelphia area for the past few years. She likes to stress the idea of hard work and time management with her students – you only get out what you put in! She loves seeing her students grow and transform – both as actors and people – as they learn about the wonderful 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. Award-winning and critically acclaimed performances throughout East Coast; principal 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 work as an Artist-in-Education has reached hundreds of students (and teachers!) throughout the years and numerous private students have been accepted into recognized drama programs. Many of Pat’s actors appeared in the premiere performances of her published plays.
Christina May (Drama) BFA Theatre Arts, University of the Arts. Teaching experience with Walnut Street Theatre, Inner City Movement. Founder of Image of The Word, LLC, providing 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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