We’re dedicated to hiring educators who also practice their craft regularly beyond their work at Compass as we believe this enriches our students’ experience and enhances the quality of programming we offer to our communities!
While our teaching artists work professionally at an array of types of theatres and artistic projects, we want to take a moment and highlight the exciting Theatre For Young Audience projects beyond Compass that our staff has been dedicating themselves to over the last few months and brag on behalf of our amazing team - Here we go!
A.J. Morrison at Lexington Children’s Theatre
A.J. Morrison, Compass Creative Dramatics’ Education Director and one of our teaching artists for Summer 2020, is playing “Fish” in The Cat in the Hat with Lexington Children’s Theatre. This musical is based on the book by Dr. Seuss, and has been adapted and originally directed by Katie Mitchell for LCT. If you recall the plot of The Cat and the Hat, it’s all about causing chaos! “Just like anything in theatre, staged chaos is intended to appear spontaneous, but in reality, that chaos must be meticulously planned in order to be safe.” A.J explained to us. “The cast, director, and creative team were in constant collaboration to plan the perfect mess… and its cleanup. It has been a blast to have so many creative minds working together.”
Kelsey Fortier at The National Theatre for Children
Jill Matel and Sonia Goldberg with GreatWorks Theatre Company
Our Finance Manager and our Sales and Marketing Coordinator - Jill Matel and Sonia Goldberg - work with another touring children’s theatre group, GreatWorks Theatre Company! GreatWorks has a lineup of 13 social studies and literature-based touring shows seen by tens of thousands of students every year, in venues from the Atlantic coast to the Canadian border. While Sonia joined the ensemble this 2019/20 season, Jill has been acting in GreatWorks shows for several years now! “I truly enjoy performing for students as they are engaged and intelligent audiences.” Jill says. “Talkbacks are always fun to see what the students take away from the show.” Jill tours with The Giver and plays the Chief Elder, and plays Mrs. Rosen in Number the Stars. Sonia tours with 50 States in 60 Minutes, Fractured Fairy Tales, and A Christmas Carol and plays many fun and zany characters. Way to go, Jill & Sonia!
Sonia Goldberg at Chicago Children’s Theatre
Audie Deinlein at Northbrook Theatre
Wyatt Kent at American Blues Theatre
Chicago Public Schools made a concerted effort to make sure African-American History is taught year-long from middle school through high school. While there was a gap in supplementing their social studies programs, The Lincoln Project helps fill it. The Lincoln Project serves over 4,000 students annually. Great work, Wyatt!