Unified Theater brings on Affiliates Theaters in each of the markets we serve. These Affiliate Theaters and their team support Spotlight Summits, productions, and student leaders in their region. The mutually beneficial partnership brings partners to Unified Theater who have significant artistic expertise and connections to the communities we serve. And, it allows Unified Theater to share and expand our vision of inclusion and student leadership within new organizations. Meet our Unified Theater Liaisons at our Affiliate Theaters who are using their creativity and arts expertise to put the Spotlight on Ability...
Robert Reader - Hartford Stage
Robert holds a BA in Drama from Ithaca College and has had extensive teaching experience in New York and Massachusetts. Before joining the Hartford Stage Education Department, Robert was a Teacher Assistant in Special Education program at Geneva Middle School in New York State. At Hartford Stage, Robert administers all aspects of the education department, working closely with schools and teachers to facilitate outreach and in-theater programming. He is currently Guard Director for Wethersfield High School and President of the Board for the Connecticut Dance Alliance. He is the recipient of the 2012 BarryAward for outstanding service and dedication to Hartford Stage.
Alison Urban - La Jolla Playhouse
Alison is the Associate Director of Education & Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse. Alison holds a B.A. in Drama in Education & Community from University of Windsor and a M.A. in Drama with a specialization in Theatre for Social Action from University of Alberta. Her primary areas of research focused on theatre with at-risk youth and cross-curricular arts integration. She was a founding member of “Random Acts,” a Playback Theatre Company, and has facilitation training in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Alison is currently working with San Diego school districts to incorporate arts into existing curriculum to support Common Core standards. Prior to joining La Jolla Playhouse, Alison was fortunate to combine her theatre background with her love of conservation education as an Educator Guide at the San Diego Zoo. She was one of the original voices of the digital puppet, Roberta the Zebra, and featured in video conference segments on endangered species, adaptations, and animal classifications. Some of her career highlights include drama training with Augusto Boal, handling endangered species, learning to drive a double-decker bus, and now working at Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse!
Beth F. Milles is an award winning director and professor, who has developed work at many theaters, including Trinity Repertory, the Magic Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage and Film, Julliard, Sundance, American Repertory Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, New York Shakespeare Festival, and South Coast Repertory. With the Actors Gang in Los Angeles, she directed Tim Robbins’ and Adam Simon’s Carnage, the west-coast premiere of Carson Kreizter’s Self Defense, the world premiere of Lynn Manning’s Private Battle, and her own adaptation of The Imaginary Invalid, which toured at the Rushmore Festival and garnered 4 LA Ovation Awards. Beth is also the founder of Banter Company, which focuses on the adaptation of classical theater for the modern audience. Beth specializes in physical theater, new and devised work, the tradition of farce, and Commedia dell’Arte. A graduate of Cornell University, Beth joined the faculty in 2001. While on leave from Cornell, she served as the head of the Directing MFA at Brown University and the Associate Director of Trinity Repertory Company, where she directed Dead Man’s Cell Phone and The Importance of Being Earnest. Beth has guest lectured at Harvard, Brown, the University of Texas, and Loyola Marymount College. She is thrilled to return to her home state of Connecticut. When she’s not working, Beth is spending time with her two children, who are endlessly fascinating, funny, and entertaining.
Kristen Palmer - Oddfellows Playhouse
Kristen Palmer brings twenty years of theater making and educational experience to Oddfellows Playhouse. She has designed and implemented arts programs engaging students in their own creative processes with Dreamyard Drama Project, the Creative Arts Team, and many other organizations throughout the country. Kristen received her BA in Dramatic Arts from Bretton Hall in Yorkshire, England where she focused on creating original work and using drama in community and educational contexts. She holds an MA from NYU in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study with concentrations in education and theatre and an MFA from Hunter College in Playwriting where she studied under Tina Howe. Her plays have been produced and developed throughout the country.
Jordan Butterfield - Trinity Repertory Company
Jordan Butterfield is the Education Programs Manager and Teaching Artist at Trinity Rep. She teaches classes on-site, oversees the general curriculum planning for the department and leads workshops at schools throughout Rhode Island spreading the importance of theater in the classroom. She also is the founder of TRAIN (Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network) which is a theater program specially designed for children on the autism spectrum and with other cognitive or physical disabilities. Through TRAIN, she is the drama instructor at Pathways Strategic Teaching Center, The Autism Project, Hasbro Partial Hospitalization Program, The Groden Center and Seven Hills RI. Previously, she was the acting and improvisation teacher for Educational Consultants of New England (now Milestones). In the summer, she worked as the drama counselor for their camp, which served children ages 2-18 on the autism spectrum. Jordan also ran theater programs at Center School and the YMCA in her hometown of Mattapoisett, MA. She is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she double majored in history and theater arts with concentrations in acting and dramaturgy. At Brandeis, she performed in The Who’s Tommy directed by Eric Hill and the world premiere of the musical The Two Orphans by Theresa Rebeck directed by Dennis Garnhum. She also trained at the Autism Treatment Center of America in the SonRise floor-time technique.