IB DP Theatre Teacher
DP Literature and Performance
- All University Honors BS in Anthropology - Binghamton University
- IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning - Oakland University
- Masters of Education in IB Education - Oakland University
- Theatre teacher license - Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- MFA coursework in Playwriting, Acting, Voice, Movement, History - Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University
- MFA in Stage and Screenwriting - New Hampshire Institute of Art
I have 12 years of international teaching experience in China, Russia, Kenya, and Armenia. I am the co-founder (along with my wife Svetlana) of J. Lasky Productions, an international theatre company that has staged work on three continents, with translations into Chinese and Russian, and has won a prestigious grant from Theatre Communications Group for our project 40 Days of Night. Our workshop "See-Act-Share" has run at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography, and I have led Meisner Technique workshops in Kenya and Russia. I have directed multiple award-winning productions in China, the premieres of two plays about the Armenian genocide, and multiple fundraising performances as part of V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women. Our work has been featured in Chinese, Kenya, Russian, American, and Armenian online and print media.
My one-act play Mend the Envelope was published in QU Literary Journal and played at New York City’s Midtown International Theatre Festival and the Thespis Theatre Festival. My newest one-act play Last Exit Before You’re Off the Grid was a finalist at the 2017 Act One: One Act Festival in New York City and has been published by The Secret Theatre.
I am the co-founder and live composer of both the Shanghai Soundpainting Ensemble and the Armenian Soundpainting Ensemble.
Best experience at UWCD
The raucous applause, standing ovations, smiles and tears during the curtain calls for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)[revised]; A Journey of Angels; The Seeds of New Armenia; A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer.
The will of the teacher must equal the will of the student.
- Elizabeth Kemp