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Meredith Kaunitz

 

E-mail: meree@hotmail.com

 

Professional info

 

A critically acclaimed professional theater performer and a seasoned teacher, Meredith Kaunitz has just the experience, education and perspective to create stimulating educational programs that painlessly teach anything to anyone.

 

Meredith has filled the role of every job in professional theater, from actor to producer, from dresser to lighting designer, from director to front of house. As a performer, she acts, sings and dances. A wide variety of professional theater performance jobs includes scripted plays and musicals, improvisation, classical plays (extensive Shakespeare experience), children's theater, plays in development, and world premiers.

 

As an educator, Meredith has experienced every level of facilitating learning. In Japan, she ran a classroom and coordinated a two-branch English school. In the U.S., she has taught theater skills to amatures through professionals, children through adult. She has coached, tutored and consulted one-on-0ne in audition technique, acting in a foreign language, accent acquisition, and foreign language acquisition. At Kaiser Permanente, Meredith team-taught a new group of unfamiliar students every day. Her techniques are immersive, physically active and equalizing.

 

Meredith began her current foray into arts integration at Kaiser Permanente where she developed two workshops, lead a team of worksop developers, and team-taught a workshop developed by colleagues. Having spent close to a year working directly with the Common Core and learning how it has been incorporated into the state curriculums in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, Meredith is well prepared to create academically substantial programming for you or to help you develop your programs to be so.

Work experience

 

South Bowie Community Center

Teaching Artist

 

I develop and teach a variety of classes. Classes are arts integration and art for art's sake. Currently running are Story, Sign and Song (a baby Sign Language class) and Moving Storytime (a physical education, literature, math and drama integration).

 

 

Kaiser Permanente

Senior Educational Theater Program Specialist

 

I performed 11 roles in over 500 performances, including full body and hand puppets, in musicals, a drama, and a comedy. I directed and choreographed. I wrote original scripts for in-house professional development workshops. I lead a team of 9 program specialists of varying educational experience in the development of 5 arts integrated workshops that were associated with the touring shows. Each workshop had 1 health-related curriculum standard, at least 2 English or Math Common Core Standard and utilized theater techniques. In preparing the team for this, I create a database of Curriculum Standards that were overlap among the Common Core, Maryland State, Virginia State and District of Columbia Curriculums.

 
That's komedi da!

Creator, Producer, Director

 

New York's first ever bi-lingual, bi-cultural Japanese-English comedy Improv show was such a success that the local NHK subsidiary (USN Communications) taped the show and ran a segment on WNYC channel 25.

 

Feature Film: Awake

Language Coach/Translator

 

I translated text for and coached Hayden Christensen in speaking and acting in Japanese.

Education

 

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2010 - present

 

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2010 - present

 

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Languages

 

Japanese

Spanish

French

American Sign Language (baby)

Skills

 

Acting

Singing

Dancing

Translating

Curriculum Alignment

Lesson Plan Design Consulting

Directing

Choreographing

 

2010 - present

2010 - present