CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION / ADMINISTRATION

The Dwight School, New York, NY 1997 – Present

2015-Pres. Director of Upper School Theater Productions & Director of Master Theater Program, Theater Teacher (Grs. 9-12)

2011-2014 Chairman, Visual & Performing Arts Dept.

2003-2011 Co-Chair, Visual & Performing Arts Dept., 2001-2003

1997-2001 Theater Teacher/Productions Director

 

  • As Director of Performing Arts, administer a $50K+ annual theater budget. In collaboration with other department members, create and develop department curriculum for grades 9-12, including collaborative and devised theater pieces, student directing projects, solo performance pieces, and research presentations with demonstrations.

  • In keeping with the Dwight School philosophy to create personalized learning opportunities, collaborate extensively within and outside of department to create a differentiated curriculum to accommodate learning styles, learning challenges, and international non-native speakers.

  • Calendar and oversee performances and presentations in music, musical theater, dance and some visual arts pieces, in addition to other school events. Produce and direct 2 annual mainstage productions in Off-Broadway theaters and 2 annual Scene Night presentations in black box-type spaces. Negotiate all contracts, coordinate tech personnel, and manage all rentals and deliveries of props, set pieces, lighting equipment, and costumes. Select and hire teaching artists, professional stage managers, costume designers and choreographers; set contract lengths and pay rates.

  • As Designer/Technical Director/Production Manager: fully responsible for the design of sets, lighting, sound, A/V and special effects, the coordination and supervision of mixed crews of professional and student technicians, the management of load ins/outs, setups and strikes, and the delivery and safe storage of rentals to multiple off- and on-site performance spaces for the run of each show; act as liaison between crew, staff and cast in Union houses; supervise, ensuring compliance with all safety codes and union regulations; oversee box office operations and secure all monies; oversee house manager, ushers and security staff; responsible for all cueing, execution of set changes, and the selection and procurement of all props and costumes

  • Manage relationships between students, families, and teachers; maintain relationships with industry professionals at such venues as the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at the West Side Y, Carnegie’s Stern, Zankel & Weill Recital Halls, St. Luke’s Theater, and the Theater at St. Jean’s (formerly DiCapo Opera Theater), and with many prominent members of the NYC theater community.

  • Remain up-to-date on technology in teaching classrooms; established and maintain websites and online tools for each class, and utilize Atlas Rubicon and/or Managebac for rubric maintenance

  • Responsible for coordinating annual graduation ceremony at various NYC venues, most often The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art; stage, choose music, rehearse, and introduce graduating class since 1998

  • As Dept. Chairman, created Theater curriculum for grades 6-12, ensuring that the requirements for the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) (grs. 6-10) and IB Diploma Program (grs. 11 & 12), both Higher & Standard Levels, were fulfilled. Conducted annual evaluations of teachers, participated in departmental hires, and approved all Dwight Music Conservatory hires; oversaw academic and curriculum performance of 7 teachers and 3-4 adjunct instructors in music, theater, dance and visual arts; ran weekly department meetings. Built program from 3 teachers to a full-time faculty of 7, plus adjunct instructors.

  • Regularly worked with Dwight Admissions Dept. to recruit new students interested in following performing arts track for both Dwight and distinguished summer theater programs such as the Berridge Summer Program in Acting and Film in Normandy, France, as well as Frenchwoods, Stage Door, BADA, and AMDA. Work closely with several NYC casting offices to provide professional opportunities for teens.

 

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Created and currently administer the Master Theater Program in close collaboration with the educational outreach programs at NYC’s prestigious Manhattan Theater Club, the Atlantic Theater and others in the NYC professional theater community: click HERE  to learn about he Master Theater program.

  • Established annual school-wide Winter Recital at Carnegie’s Weill & Zankel Recital Halls and produced (2001-2014) annual concerts featuring 60-100 performers; coordinated with Union stagehands and house staff; responsible for all total production.

  • Received Teacher Recognition Award from the National Young Arts Foundation as part of the U.S. Presidential Scholar in Film in 2002 for Antonio Campos

  • Established and maintain a student-run improv group based on the methods of Keith Johnstone (“Impro”) since 1997.

  • Conceived, co-wrote and produced “ADHDU/Ed on Meds”, an original musical parody addressing attention deficit disorders and the over-medication of children, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2005 which won an Honorable Mention from Amnesty International Administered and oversaw the establishment of The Dwight Conservatory, a multi-level program for student singers, instrumentalists and accompanists, with 3 annual performances; created and administered a dance program started with 3 students and grew to include 20+ students at multiple levels, with its own annual recital, in collaboration with a former Broadway dancer/choreographer

  • Designed a multi-purpose music/theater/dance studio/classroom with sprung floors, bars, mirrors and multimedia A/V system; designed and maintain all equipment and physical spaces for theater, dance, art and music classes (including storage spaces for art equipment, props, costumes, and musical instruments).

  • Wrote, produced and directed an original play, “The Way”, at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at the West Side YMCA in NYC, in December 2011. Inspired by the Tao Te Ching, the play uses 12 verses as translated by Stephen Mitchell, had a cast of 25 students, and included a dozen original devised pieces using the poems as stimuli; established and facilitated two student-run improv groups; produced original student work performed in black box and mainstage venues.

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Freelance Acting Coach, New York, NY 2005-Present

Freelance Acting Teacher, NYC & Boston, MA 2005-2010

  • Taught private group acting classes (20-50 students) to adult beginners which included scene study, character development, improv, and mask, sensory, and vocal work. Material included Shakespeare, Chekov, Ibsen, Comedy of Manners, Commedia dell’Arte, etc.

Kaplan Educational Services, New York, NY 2003-2005

  • Contracted to coach MD’s in their presentation of technical material to large groups of students preparing for licensing exams

 

ACTING

Actively perform under own name as well as stage name (Terrence Montgomery)

Highlights include:

NYC & Regional Chebutykin - immersive production of Chekov’s Three Sisters; Kurt Diebner - Farm Hall (nominated Best Supporting Actor, MITF); Matthiot – Dreaming of Sturgis; Herb - Tea and Sympathy; Duke of York - Richard II; Edward IV/Henry VI - Richard III; Sir Toby Belch - Twelfth Night; Warwick/Falstaff – Instant Shakespeare NYC; Neal - In Loving Memory; Horatio - The Hamlet Project; Juror #4 - Twelve Angry Men; Jamie - Long Day’s Journey Into Night; Vershinin - The Three Sisters; Trigorin - The Seagull;

Off-Broadway Jekyll/Hyde - Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Off-Off-B’way Professor Sheridan - Fourth State of Matter

Regional Vladimir - Waiting for Godot; Joe - The Time of Your Life; Deeley - Old Times

International Peter - “The Zoo Story”, GIFT Theater Festival, Tbilisi, Georgia; “KULTUR”, Matthew Day Jackson art installation, Whitney Museum, NYC & in Germany

TV British Commander - “Mermaids: the New Evidence”, on Discovery Channel’s ANIMAL PLANET; Ghost - Celebrity Ghost Stories on the Biography Channel; Dr. Ronald Mikos - NBC’s Fatal Encounters

Films Come Down Molly (2015 TriBeca Film Festival), 419 film (avail On Demand), Molly

Commercials Holiday Inn Express, Adlens, Museum of Natural History, two Major Pharmaceuticals, Con Edison PSA

 

DIRECTING

Complete list of musicals and plays directed available upon request

Freelance Director & Associate Producer 2005-Present

  • This Life!, musical by Deb Silver, at the DeSotelle Studio Theater, St. Luke’s Theater and the 45th Street Theater

  • The Legend of the Evening Star/Luceafarul, choreographed interpretation of classic poem by Mihai Eminescu, at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre

  • The Problem With English, a farce by Tim McGillicuddy, at St. Luke’s Theater and the Helen Mills Event Space

  • The Age of Romance, a comedic concert by Karyn Leavitt, Soprano, at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall

Singing Harp, NYC & Westchester, NY 2000-2005

  • Director in Residence of a children’s theater company dedicated to presenting classic stories in dramatic and musical forms. Created original productions of The Frog Prince or Faithful Henry, The Valiant Little Tailor, Six Swans, The Golden Bird, and The Three Treasures for performance in schools, libraries and community centers all over the NYC tri-state area.

  • Produced/Directed a full month of performances in three different theaters at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Production Stage Manager/Lighting Designer, "A Chekov Concert", International tour of Russia, Georgia & Poland

Owner/Manager, Common Ground Electric, New York, NY

Staff Electrician, The Public Theater - Ny Shakespeare Festival, New York, NY

Assistant Master Electrician, The Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL

Member, IATSE Local 190, Wichita, KS

SKILLS

Computer Mac/PC: MS Office, Google Docs & Sheets, DropBox, i-Photo, Atlas Rubicon, Evernote, ManageBac, basic computer networking abilities

A/V Smartboard, iPad, AppleTV, GarageBand, Vimeo

Social Media Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Backstage, Actors Access, Breakdown Services

Stage Combat Trained in rapier, dagger, broadsword, foil

Life Skills Professional voice over artist; model; host; improvisor; licensed driver; father of five

2010 - present

2010 - present

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