You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.
— Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

Michelle Klawunn

Creative Drama; Grades K - 8 & Upper School

B.F.A. Theater,  Southwestern University in Texas

My background and experience has taught me much about Creative Dramatics, which is a process based approach to this field. Teaching Creative Dramatics is what I emphasize in Green Fields lower and middle school drama programs.  Students participate in six weeks of dramatic activities, games, and exercises to learn critical thinking skills, problem solving, focus work, and creative thinking as well as basic acting skills. The next six weeks are devoted to applying process to product, culminating in a final showcase for family and friends.  In high school, students build upon their experience from lower and middle school, giving them opportunities to produce and perform on a more elevated level.  
My years teaching here at Green Fields, where the arts are still an important part of the curriculum, have been the most rewarding of my 30 year career.

I have worn many hats during my career. I have taught children’s theatre for art centers, schools, and theatres in Texas, New York, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, California, and in Arizona. My work includes being Education staff at 52nd Street Project in New York City (1987), Education staff at Stage One in Louisville, Kentucky’s professional children’s theatre (1987 - 1988), Artistic Director of Southwest Children’s Theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico  (1992 - 1994), Creative drama instructor and actress at the Laguna Beach Playhouse in California (1994-1996) and Education staff in Tucson for Childsplay, Tempe’s professional children’s theatre (1998 - 2008).