Education

Teacher

Current Position

Adjunct Lecturer at Theater, Speech and Dance, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

January 2018-present

Assistant Professor at Theater and Dance, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA. August 2019-

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. M.F.A. Theatre - Acting

Greensboro College. B.A. Drama

Berkshire Theater Festival. Actor Apprentice.  Trained in Suzuki method.

De Montfort University, Bedford United Kingdom. Higher National Diploma in Physical Theater

Academic Appointments

Spring 2018 - present - The College of William and Mary. Department of Theater, Speech and Dance. Teaching Beginning and Intermediate Acting. 

Fall 2019 - Christopher Newport University, Department of Theater and Dance. Teaching Dramatic Impulse - An Introduction to Dramatic Styles.

Courses Taught

Christopher Newport University, Assistant Professor. Department of Theater and Dance

THEA 210: Dramatic Impulse Fall 2019, Spring 2020 

What distinguishes the drama from all other genres of imaginative writing? In its long evolution the drama has provided a stage for religious celebration, civic debate, social propaganda, moral persuasion and artistic storytelling in a rich range of styles. Through close reading of representative plays students will develop and practice skills in critical reading, thinking and writing.

The College of William and Mary, Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Speech and Dance

THEA 201: Acting I. Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

An introduction to the art and craft of acting. Development of vocal, physical, and improvisational skills through active exercises, play readings, and a rigorous approach to scene and character analysis for individuals and small groups.

THEA 302: Acting 2. Spring 2019.

Concentration on the development of performance skills and the use of the dramatic imagination through character studies and preparation of scenes and monologues from the modern theatre for classroom presentation.

Other Teaching Experience

Liquid Talent Agency, Richmond VA 5th October 2019/ 9th November 2019

Partnering with Liquid Talent Agency to teach a one day workshop.  Coaching actors using scenes and monologues to prepare for auditions.

Amherst Moxie Players, Amherst NH February 2015 – May 2017. Co-founder, Director and Acting Teacher

Acting company for youth to support middle and high-school students in physical theatre and collaborative techniques. Working with my co-founder I developed the curriculum for middle and high-school students to learn basic acting techniques. Utilizing fables, tales and created stories to teach Viewpoints and Contact Improvisation. Highly successful program with more than 32 participants. Delivered weekly performances for students to gain on-stage practice and confidence.

Belvoir Terrace, Lenox MA. Acting Teacher/ Director

Acting teacher at summer acting camp, Belvoir Terrace. Responsible for delivering acting classes to students age 4 – 15 years; worked with the Director of Belvoir Terrace to strengthen the program; and meet with parents on “meet and greet” day.

Teaching & Research Interests

Classical & Contemporary Acting: Specialized in Meisner and Adler, Voice : Linklater and Berry, Audition Techniques and Physical Theater : Contact Improvisation, Laban, Viewpoints and Michael Chekhov.

© 2019 by Frances Saxton