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Connie Champagne

 

Background

After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Theater, I've worked as a professional actor & director since 1984, recipient of Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Bay Area Critics Circle's Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Musical. I've also worked as a professional singer, touring with many bands. I have shared the stage with many professionals including Cindy Lauper, Chris Isaak, Jello Biafra and Harry Connick Jr. I taught Creative Dramatics and Musical Theater for students ranging in age from 8 to 18 at the award-winning American Conservatory Theater. I served as an Artist-In-Residence at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, teaching Musical Theater. Joined the Encinal staff in the fall of 2016. I served as Program Director  LGBTQ Speakers Bureau for the non-profit organizations Community United Against Violence and the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, helping to develop sensitivity trainings and provide LGBTQ education for students throughout the Bay Area.

 

Teaching/Educational Philosophy

I believe that a teacher's responsibility to make all content accessible to students. It is crucial that students connect with both live theater and text (the written plays. I believe that studying Theater is essential in that it helps students learn to express themselves and find their own voice and viewpoints. Theater invites students to develop their talents as well as critical thinking skills. Studying Theater invites students to explore their own creativity and find their own voice. Whereas students are learning from educators, educators, in turn, are learning from students. As my predecessor Robert Moorhead (with whom I worked with in Cabaret at Woodminster Amphitheater) wrote:

At its core, education is an exchange of ideas."

Personal Note

I continue to work as a singer with the Third Thursday Band (founded at the Bay view Boat Club, and the Sparklin' Wynettes, and as an actor in productions including Marat Sade for Thrillpeddlers at Brava Center for the Arts, Destry Rides Again for 42nd Street Moon, and last year as Judy Garland in The Boy From Oz.  I live in San Francisco with my 2 cats Monty and Prudence. 

I am very proud of my family especially my late grandfather Ernie Caddel, an All-American from Stanford University's Athletic Hall of Fame and played for the Detroit Lions football team. His love and encouragement continues to be a force in my life.  I currently live in San Francisco with my 2 cats Monty and Prudence.

 

 

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Theater Mills College, Oakland

American Center for Music Theater, Los Angeles Civic Light Opera

Master of Fine Arts Theater, American Conservatory Theater

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Courses Taught: Drama

Email Address: cchampagne@alameda.k12.ca.us

Voice Mail: 510-748-4023 ext 2701