Teaching Resume

ELAINE BERNSTEIN PARTNOW

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Teaching Resume

My career as an arts-in-education instructor has been intermingled with the publication of sixteen nonfiction books and an acting career.  My background as an actor has included studies in method acting, commedia dell’arte, theater games, and Shakespearean theater.

INSTRUCTOR

     2008         -- Artist-in-Residence, Brookwood School, GA.

-- Workshop leader, “How to Write a Book Proposal,” Tallahassee Writers Festival, FL

                                                   

   2007-08            -- Artist-in-Residence, Wakulla Middle School, FL. Very Special Arts.

                         -- Workshop leader, “How to Write a Book Proposal,” “How to Organize and do Research,” Tallahassee Writers Festival, FL

 

1990-92           -- Artist-in-Residence, Western Washington. Sponsored by Washington State Arts Council.  Also, Orca Elementary   sponsored by Seattle Arts Commission.  Also, Country Day, privately sponsored.

                                   

1989                -- Seattle Peace Theatre.  Director, Ensemble.  A  fifty-member of chorus of youths,  aged 8-14, performing an original work with principal players in Port Townsend on a cultural exchange with Russian students.

 

1987                -- Interlocken International Summer Camp (now Windsor Mountain), New Hampshire. Theatre and Festival Director. 8 week boarding program for 130 campers, aged 6-14.

 

1986-88           -- Isidore Newman School (Federal School of Excellence), New Orleans.  Teacher: Acting, Living History Portraiture, grades 9-12; Drama History/Literature; Film Appreciation; Director: The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Skin of Our Teeth, Aria Da Capo, Under Milk Wood; Asst. Dir., Pirates of Penzance, Carousel, Peter Pan.

 

1985-88           -- Contemporary Arts Center.  Adult classes: Beginning Acting; Characterization; Intermediate Acting.

 

   1984-85           -- Instructor, Teachers' Workshop in Improvisational Theater, ISAS Schools Annual Convention, Covington, LA.

    -- Artist-in-Residence, Orleans Parish Schools, two-weeks; performed "Emily Dickinson Talks to Children" at 21 middle schools.

    -- Director, Teenage Theatre Program, Liberty Farm Repertory Theatre, NH: taught acting; directed Aria Da Capo, Under Milk Wood; wrote, edited, directed 45-minute video project entitled Half The Journey.

    -- Instructor, private classes, "Essential Acting Techniques," New Orleans:  one adult class, two children's classes; ten week session.

    -- Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana Univ.:  two-week 12-hour master classes in improvisational acting techniques.  Deannie Teague, Ph.D., supervisor

    -- Instructor, eight-week workshop, Improvisational Acting for Youngsters, aged 10-14 years.  Hammond Cultural Foundation

                       

DIRECTOR-PRODUCER

1987                Stage play, Hear Us Roar: A Woman's Connection, Playwright, Performer, Producer: full length one-woman play that explores the changing place and development of women over the centuries.  Fifteen difference women are portrayed and dozens more are quoted and referred to.  International in scope, it spans 4,000 years of women's history.  Originally produced at the Contemporary Arts Center, November.

Performance piece, Movers & Shakers:  Women in American Politics, Creator, Performer: one-hour performance piece in which the following women are portrayed with dialogue derived from their own written or spoken works:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Mary MacLeod Bethune, Rachel Carson, Eleanor Roosevelt, Florynce Kennedy.  Numerous venues (see Booking Schedule).

Location play, ReConstitution, Playwright, Director: three hour work utilizing living history portraiture of American founding fathers, suffragists, civil rights leaders, and mythological characters.  Audience participation was interwoven with plot.  Production roamed over six acres of land at Windsor Mountain International Summer Camp, New Hampshire. 

            Living history performance pieces: Creator, Director, Coach: Harriet Tubman, Betsy Ross, Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King.  Living History Institute, New Orleans.

Stage play, Heroes and Sheroes, Playwright, Director:  one-hour time-line of historical characters portrayed by youngsters aged six to fourteen.  Performed at Windsor Mountain International Camp, July.

                        Stage play, Carousel, Director: Isidore Newman School, New Orleans

                        Storytelling, “Classical Tales,” Creator, Performer: various venues

 

1986                Stage play, Hispanic Women Speak, Playwright, Performer, Producer: one-act one-woman play bringing to the fore seventeen notable Hispanic women.  Performed at Isidore Newman School and at Tulane University, New Orleans, October.

                        Performance piece, Poems My Mother Taught Me, Creator, Performer:  one-hour program in which classical poems are dramatically interpreted; each is preceded by introductory remarks about the poets and the poems.  Numerous venues (see Exhibition Schedule).

 

1985                Video play, Half the Journey, Screenwriter, Director, Editor:  forty-five minute drama written and produced for Repertory Theater Program at Liberty Farm Teenage Training Center in New Hampshire, August.

Performance piece, A Visit With Emily Dickinson, Creator, Performer:  a one-hour program wherein Miss Dickinson, in authentic dress and with appropriate props, comes to call.  Interacting with the audience, she answers their questions, helps them to analyze the poems she's recited, and amuses them with anecdotes of her life in Amherst.

 

1984                Improvisational stage play, The Book of Job, Playwright, Director:  a half-hour Sunday school production based on the Bible story and presented by the confirmation class of Touro Synagogue, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

1983      Stage play, Bus Stop, Director, Columbia Theatre Players, Hammond, Louisiana.

 

RELATED WORK

1987-93        Living History Institute, Founder & Executive Director. Mission: to develop performing arts programs that advance the comprehension and appreciation of the humanities.

 

1984 on         Performer, Artist-in-Schools: 500+ engagements of "Emily

             Dickinson Talks to Children," "Great American Women," "Poems My Mother Taught Me," “Sheroes,” and other programs at elementary & middle schools, senior citizens groups, civic organizations, professional associations, etc.  Sponsors include: Washington Commission for the Humanities, Washington State Arts Council, Young Audiences of Oregon and Washington, Pacific Arts Center, Seattle area schools, Young Audience of New Orleans, Calcasieu Arts & Humanities Council, Acadiana Arts Council, Orleans Parish Schools, Jefferson Parish Schools, Louisiana Commission for the Humanities, Southeastern Disciplinary Fund, etc.

 

1986               Co-Director, Interlocken China Friendship Camp; 5-1/2 weeks living, traveling and working with Chinese and American students and staff; travel to Beijing, Yantai, Weihai, Tai Shan, Wuxi, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou and Hong Kong; cultural exchange program included a 10-day residency at Wuxi Middle School.

Lecturer, Renaissance Women in Theatre, Institute on Renaissance Women, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana; coordinator, Dr. Claudia Alexander

Radio Reporter, weekly theatre spot, WWL-News Radio; for Jack Duarte's "Entertainment Tonight"

 

1983-86      Writing Instructor, Contemporary Arts Center--Festival of New Works: taught workshop entitled "Breaking Into Print," centering on how to get published.

 

1982            Instructor, Playwrighting, Contemporary Arts Center

Instructor, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond: two-day seminar entitled "Breaking Into Print" covering how to write book and magazine query letters, proposals, author-publisher relations, negotiating a contract, literary agents, etc.  Randy Moffat, supervisor, Department of Continuing Education.

 

1980             Instructor, University of Southern California, Los Angeles--Master Writers' Program; conducted two workshops comprised on writing for publishers

 

GRANTS AND AWARDS

1987         National Endowment for the Arts/Arts in Education Intern: sponsor, Contemporary Arts Center.  A retraining program for artists as educators.  Worked with the Jewish Family Services in learning to conduct oral history interviews and dramatizing results of same; attended a day-long conference focussing on artists as educators.

Division of the Arts, Individual Special Project Award for "Hear Us Roar" Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Mini-grant Award for production of "Hear Us Roar" by the Living History Institute

MEG/Arts Award for Living History Portraiture Project for the Living History Institute

 

1986            Southeastern Interdisciplinary Fund (NEA/Rockefeller Foundation) for "Hear Us Roar"

 

1982             Hammond Cultural Foundation Poetry Contest; 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes

EDUCATION

1959-62           UCLA, Theater Arts Major; English Minor

 

1964/66          Herbert Berghoff Studios (acting academy), New York; 10 weeks with William Hickey; 2 years with Uta Hagen

 

Also received professional training at:  Mark Taper Forum; L.A. Free Theatre, Guy Stockwell & Don Freed, Instructors; Theatre West, Hollywood.

 

Also attended the following arts-in-education conferences: Interlocken Experiential Learning Center, Ten Day Miniversity (held in June/July, four successive years); Arts in Education Conference, Divison of the Arts, Baton Rouge & Alexandria; African Cultures in the West: The Art of Story-  telling, Contemporary Art Center; Division of the Arts Workshop in grant writing; Robert Moyer Workshop, Contemporary Art Center, etc.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES

Feminists Who Changed America—1963--1975 (2006), Barbara J. Love, ed.; Contemporary Authors (1987, 2006); Who’s Who in Entertainment (3rd ed., 1998), Who’s Who of American Women (21st ed., 1998); Marquis' Who's Who of American Women (1996-97), Who’s Who in Theatre (1996-97), The American Registry Series (1980), Who's Who in California (1981), Int. Who's Who (1981), The Who's Who of Women (6th ed., 1981), Men and Women of Distinction, 2nd ed., (1981).

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Ventura County: Prototypes Center for Women at Oxnard. Wakulla County: Educational interpreter, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Edward Ball/Wakulla State Park; workshop leader, Tallahassee Writers Association conferences (3); Pet therapy aide, Delta Society/ComforT chapter. Seattle:  Int. Women's Day Coalition, Families For Peace; Shoreline Arts Council; Orca Alternative Elementary School; Women's Centennial Project.  Louisiana: State Arts Council/Division of the Arts, Isidore Newman School, YWCA, YMCA,  Overture to the Arts, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Friends of the Library-New Orleans, Friends of City Park, Young Audiences, Jefferson Parish Schools, Contemporary Art Center, Hammond Cultural Foundation, Hammond Arts Council, Columbia Theater Players, Friends of the Library-Hammond, N.O.W., Touro Synagogue Sisterhood, Assoc. of American Retired Persons, American Business Women's Assoc.  California:  American Assoc. of University Women; Southern Calif. County Library Assoc.; Calif. State University at Northridge.  Elsewhere: University of Wichita.

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