Curriculum Vita English

Teaching (selection)

2013 – June 2015
Theater Arts Teacher, MYP Drama Program, International School of Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland. Responsibilities:  teach the MYP Theater Curriculum to Grades 6, 7 and 8.

2002 – present
Seminar Director and Teacher at Musisch-Pädagogisches Seminar Metzenthin,
a one-year professional training program for adults in teaching professions.
Responsibilities: Oversee budget, program development, and hiring of faculty.
Courses: Drama Techniques for the Classroom, Directing, Theatre Improvisation and Improvisation with Masks.

2010 – present
Drama and Theater Teacher at Lakeside Bilingual School Horgen, a bilingual
(German/English) private primary school. Responsibilities: teach drama to grades 1 through 6, direct school/class productions.

March 2009 & February 2010
Guest Teaching Artist at City College of New York, Graduate Program in
Educational Theatre. Taught Masks and Mask-making as part of the  course:
„Integrating Theatre and Related Arts into the Classroom.“

1996 – 2008
Drama Teacher at Lakeside Bilingual Day School Küsnacht.  Responsibilities: taught Drama to grades Pre-K through 6, directed school-wide productions,
collaborated with classroom teachers.

1988 – 1995
Drama Teacher at the International Primary School of Zürich,
Zürich, Switzerland. Responsibilities: created and implemented the drama
program for grades Pre-K through 7, directed school-wide productions, organized an after-school drama club; conducted field trips to theatre events in Zürich and
participated in student drama festivals in Europe.

After-school Drama Teacher, at the Intercommunity School of Zürich, Zumikon, Switzerland. Elementary school.

Teaching Artist at The Intercommunity School of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland.
Elementary school.

1982 – 1984
Instructor at New York University SEHNAP (School of Education, Health, Nursing and Arts Professions). Taught Storytelling to undergraduate and graduate
students in the Speech Communications Department.

Drama Teacher, A.C.T. Summer Program, Cathedral School at  St. John the Divine, New York, N.Y. Conducted Drama Workshops and directed a camp-wide circus for children ages 3 – 12.

Residency, Adelphi University Centre for Creative Arts, Hempstead, N.Y.
Led children`s workshops in Storytelling.

Faculty, Hartwick College, Oneonta, N.Y. Conducted workshops in Theatre Games and Improvisation at The Second Annual Storytelling Residency.

Higher Education

M.A. in Educational Theatre, New York University, New York, N.Y.
Courses included Theatre History, Dramatic Criticism, Dramatic Play, the Role of Theatre in Education, Circus Arts, Puppetry, Creative Movement, Performance Theory.

B.A. in History, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, Purchase, N.Y.  Undergraduate thesis:
„J.M. Synge and the Abbey Theatre.“

School of Irish Studies, Dublin, Ireland. Classes in Irish literature,
theatre and history.

Director (selection)

“The Juniper Tree” by Wendy Kesselman, Ensemble-in-Progress (Swiss teachers), Bühne S, Bahnhof Stadelhofen, Zürich and Theaterbühne Comart, Volketswil

2010 – 2012
„Three Sisters Who are not Sisters“ by Gertrude Stein, Ensemble-in-Progress, (Swiss teachers), Theater Pur Pur, Zürich, Switzerland; Bühne S, Bahnhof
Stadelhofen, Zürich, Aarau Amateur Theater Festival, Aarau, Switzerland.

„ungeschminkt“ („un-made-up“), Ensemble-in-Progress, (devised with Swiss teachers), Theater Pur Pur, Zürich, Switzerland.

„The Secret Lives of Teachers,“ a workshop production
(Swiss teachers) Schulhaus In der Ey, Zürich, Switzerland.

„Grenzlig“, a workshop production, (Swiss teachers) Lakeside Bilingual Dayschool, Zürich, Switzerland.

„Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins,“ Jewish Community of Zürich,
toured to Basel and Baden (adapted from the book of the same name) with
children ages 5-16 years.

„Why Does the Lark Fly to the Sun?“, Westchester                                                                 Community College, Valhalla, New York, with high school students.

„The Story of Wind,“ The Great Wind Event, Riverside Park, New York, sponsored by the New Wilderness Foundation, with graduate students, NYU Educational Theatre Dept.

Performer (selection)

“Grenzwechsel, Wanderperformance in Appenzell,” Choreography Gisa Frank.

„Underground“, a movement/performance piece directed by Annina Frehner and Deborah Suhner, as part of the Zürcher Bunkerfestival.

„Meute“ (Pack), a dance-theatre production with the Performer`s Research Group, choreographed and directed by Esther Fuchs at The Red Factory,
Zürich, Switzerland.

„Bunyip“ (based on the children`s book of the same name), a children`s theatre
production, with Figurentheater Felucca, Factory Warteck, Basel.

„Horde-Horten-Orte“ (Hordes, Gangs and Places), a dance-theatre production with the Performer`s Research Group, choreographed and directed by Esther Fuchs at the Seefeld Tanz Projekt and Depot Hardturm, Zürich, Switzerland.

„Bach Cantata Nr. 201“, staged with puppets and masks,
Arts at St. Ann`s, Brooklyn, N.Y.

1980 – 1984
Freelance Performer and Puppeteer in numerous productions with The Bread and Puppet Theatre, including the Fall 1983 tour of the Northeast U.S.A.

1983 & 1984
„The Barber of Seville“ 2 fully-staged productions with masks, puppets and
professional singers, presented by The Brooklyn Opera Society/The Arts at St. Ann`s, Brooklyn, N.Y.

„Mass Movement“, choreographed by Susan Rethorst and Dancers, St. Mark`s Church, New York, N.Y.

Recent Professional Training (selection)

2015 –
Butoh Language Improvisation, Sylvie Xing Chen, Atelier Tanz, Zürich

Summer 2011
International Educator Workshop „Aesthetic Education, Inquiry, and the
Imagination,“ Lincoln Center Institute, New York, N.Y.

February 2010
„Write a Play!“ with Young Playwrights Inc, Teacher Training Institute,
New York, N.Y.

2008 – 2009
„Methods in Dance/Movement Therapy,“ with Dr. Mimi Berger, New York, N.Y.

March 2009
„Dance for the Special Child,“ with Diane Duggan, New York, N.Y.

„Learning through Drama,“ One-Week Intensive Workshop, N.Y.U. with Dorothy Heathcote, New York, N.Y.

„Performance,“ with Nigel Charnock (DV8 Physical Theatre) One-Week Intensive Workshop, Tanzhaus Wasserwerk, Zürich.

„Devising through Improvisation,“ a One-Week Intensive Workshop with Lis
Pawels at the Red Factory, Zürich, sponsored by the Internation Theatre Institute.

„Delicous Movement“ with Eiko und Komo, Tanzhaus Wasserwerk, Zürich.

„Körperreise“ (Trip through the Body), an introductory one-year parttime course in Body-Mind Centering, led by Jeanette Engler, Zürich.

Related Experience

Organized and implemented a one-week intensive Playwriting course for students and Drama Across the Curriculum course for teachers, at the Lakeside Bilingual Dayschool, Zürich, with Wendy Lement.

1981 – 1982
Assistant to Laura Simms, Storyteller, New York, N.Y.   Responsibilities included
researching and collecting stories, publicity; assistant teaching at P.S. 87
(Manhattan), and production work. Helped organize the „First Storytelling Conference,“ at Columbia University, Feb. 1981.

1969 – 1971
Co-founder: Elizabeth Cleaners Street School, an alternative high school,
New York, N.Y.


Bildung Schweiz: “Beim Theaterspielen das Leben üben”

Co-author: „Starting Your Own High School, “The Elizabeth Cleaners Street School People, Random House.


American Association for Theater in Education (AATE),  International Committee Panel Presentation: “Current Trends in International Drama Education,
Boston, U.S.A

American Association for Theater in Education (AATE), New Guard Panel
Presentation: “Classroom Teachers take to the Stage in Switzerland”,
Kentucky, U.S.A.

Professional Affiliations

American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) since 1989.

Fachverband Theaterpädagogik Schweiz since 1992.


English (mother tongue)


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