Michelle Ebert Freire

Artist Overview

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Artist Home County
St. Mary's County

 I am a theatre and drama educator and practitioner who has been active in the field as an adult for 30 years. In 2017, I established Pretend Power, which offers drama classes to youth ages 3-14. Pretend Power has provided drama workshops in studio settings, through St. Mary's Department of Recreation and Parks, in St. Mary's County Public Schools, and with the Catholic Homeschool Cooperative of St. Mary's County. I am also an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Maryland; before that, I was a full-time, tenured professor in the Theatre Arts Department at California State University, San Bernardino. I have worked in the education departments of many regional theatres and arts organizations.

I enjoy directing local, college, and youth theatrical productions.

Areas of particular interest to me are facilitating students in the devising of original performance pieces, and using drama therapy and Playback Theatre techniques (in a non-intentionally therapeutic manner) as a way to safely explore social and cultural issues.



Grade Level

All grade Levels

Residency Description

These drama-based residencies are tailored to meet the unique needs of each school and student group. Teachers can opt for the Artistic Technique Path (direct instruction in acting, creative drama, and/or playwriting), or the Arts Integration Path (theatre/drama as a means to deeply examine a piece of literature, curricular topic, or social/character education area). Each session incorporates theatre games, character exploration, and reflective elements). Depending on the length and focus of the residency, teachers may opt to work toward a "Sharing Presentation."

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Date1, Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, University of Maryland, College Park MD
Date2, Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth, University of Texas, Austin TX
Date3, degree, Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles
Date4, Micro-Credential for Creative Classrooms, Maryland State Department of Education
Date4, several courses, Centre for Playback Theatre

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Booking Contact Information

Contact Person: Michelle Ebert Freire
Contact Organization: Pretend Power
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Email: michelle@pretendpower.com
(240) 561-9654


About the Arts in Education Grant

This grant is to help pay for half of the cost of quality performances and/or hands-on intensive workshops in the schools by visiting performers, artists, authors, poets, master teachers and professionals in the areas of music, visual art, drama, dance, and literature for the educational enhancement of youth.

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