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Frankenstein - Reimagining Mary Shelley’s Creature through Unique Dramatic Art

Friday, November 10
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Location: 211 B

Nearly 200 years ago Mary Shelley wrote she could “people the hours with creations far more interesting” than her own sensations. This presentation shares “creations” Shelley’s voice inspired gifted students to craft when they blended dramatic imagination and STEM to produce an original theatrical performance and interactive exhibit experience. Appropriately, this illustration coincides with the international bicentennial celebration of “Frankenstein.” Integrating STEM with theatre arts can facilitate connectives throughout scientific history and different fields of study. This presentation illustrates various interdisciplinary techniques related to the development of self-actualization to promote scientific, aesthetic, and practical benefits to society.

Sabrina Switzer-Wareing

Theatre Director and Drama Outreach Coordinator, Academic Professional
Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Arizona State University | Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Ms. Switzer-Wareing strongly believes in the integration of diverse theatrical and service learning experiences for gifted learners.

As the Director of Drama for the Herberger Young Scholars Academy (HYSA), she directs numerous performances and outreach productions, most of which involve an interaction with the community at large. Within the last year, the HYSA Performance Outreach Program has linked theatre arts with robotics, music, bimodal bilingualism, second language learning, and Shakespeare.

Joining Arizona State University’s HYSA faculty during its inaugural 2011-2012 school year, Switzer-Wareing has built on her 30 years of experience implementing theatrical education and service outreach programs for gifted learners, youth theaters, elementary schools, municipalities, and a women's prison to develop a strong and relevant theatre arts program. In the spring of 2017, her long-term community work was acknowledged with an AACT Spotlight Award for “outstanding contributions to community theatre.”

Switzer-Wareing has worked professionally as both an actor and director with various professional theatrical companies. As a national Clarion winning video producer and director, she has created productions for a unique client list including -- but not limited to -- American Express Corporation, Camelback Mental Health Foundation, United Way, Kumagai Gumi Inc., Phoenix Convention Bureau, Ohio State ETV Network, and the Maricopa Community College System. While continuing her work as a staged production playwright and being involved in national professional organizations related to theatre and communication, Switzer-Wareing has also co-authored two university level workbooks in nonverbal communication and conflict resolution.

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