Camp Broadway presents Develop Your Character featuring Elysa Gardner, hosting candid conversations with theater educators, industry insiders and savvy parents, who discuss ideas to help culture-loving kids and aspiring artists become great performers at every stage of their lives.
This episode features Tasha Partee, playwright, performer and recipient of the 2019 Inspiring Teacher Award presented by The Broadway League Foundation at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, popularly known as the Jimmy® Awards. She currently serves as Upper School theater director at Lawrence Woodmere Academy on New York’s Long Island. Her student, Andrew Barth Feldman, won the 2018 Jimmy® Award for Best Performance by an Actor, and has been starring in the Broadway production of Dear Evan Hansen in the title role for the past year.
Tasha shares her childhood quest to become a teacher and her discovery that theatre could be the path to pursuing her passion in education. As a theatre arts leader, she emphasizes how engagement in theatre is a crucial element of a well-rounded education and a unique way for students to learn 21st century skills—collaboration, effective communication and the ability to listen to others. She also shares her optimism for millennial age artists whose creativity and activism are helping to dismantle the perceptions society about today’s young people.
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Edited by Derek Gunther.