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Theatre professor participates in prestigious teacher's program

June 15, 2012

Artemis Preeshl, associate professor of theatre arts and dance at Loyola University New Orleans, was recently chosen to participate in the Actors Center Teacher Development Program this month in New York City. She was one of only 12 individuals selected from college faculties around the world to participate in the course.

This professional development opportunity stems from the creation of a novel teaching method for the Jesuit Theatre in Community course, a new creative arts multi-disciplinary course that is part of the new advanced common curriculum at Loyola. Similar to the Ignatian method of prayer, the Actors Center’s approach to the development of the senses through doing conveys an appreciation of the unique gifts of each student.

The intensive two-week program introduces professional acting teachers to some of the most respected educators in the United States and abroad. Acceptance into the program includes an assessment of a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae and a proposed plan of professional development as an acting teacher.

Resources offered to Preeshl through the program will also benefit her students during their time at Loyola and as alumni in the professional world.

This summer, Preeshl was also invited to participate in the Magis National Retreat in Chicago, which will provide her the opportunity to reflect on the integration of Jesuit values in the Jesuit Theatre in Community course.

For more information, contact Preeshl at aspreesh@loyno.edu or call 504-865-2686.

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