Tuesday, April 21st │ 7:30pm (Reception to follow)
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
$13 Advance │ $19 Door
Use discount code SMARTS for Advance price.
Featuring Dr. Linda Nathan
Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of Institute for Creative Educational Leadership at Boston University, Founding Headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, and Author of The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test
Following her keynote, Dr. Nathan will join a panel with local Washington educators Dr. Gil Mendoza, Deputy Superintendent, OSPI, and Keisha Scarlett, Principals Leadership Coach and Former PAL Principal, Seattle Public Schools, for continuing conversation and Audience Q&A.
The panel will be moderated by Lara Davis from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.
CounterpARTS in Education offers a forum to explore issues, research, and trends impacting the worlds of arts and education. The lecture series was created to honor the legacy of Andrea Allen, late Board President of ArtsEd Washington, passionate arts education advocate, and friend to many in the Seattle arts and education communities. Read more.
CounterpARTS in Education is generously hosted by our friends & partners at:
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Linda Nathan is a Senior Lecturer and Faculty Director of the newly formed Institute for Creative Educational Leadership (ICEL) at Boston University. Most recently Dr. Nathan served as the Special Advisor to the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. She also directs the National Artist Teacher Fellowship Program.
Dr. Nathan served for 15 years as founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts. Under Dr. Nathan’s leadership, the school won state, national, and international recognition and awards. Over 94% of graduates are accepted to college each year. Dr. Nathan began her career in Boston as a bilingual teacher and served as the co-director of Fenway High School for 14 years, a period of national awards for its innovative school-to-career programs.
For over a decade, Dr. Nathan has taught “Building Democratic Schools,” a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written a widely-praised book about teaching and leadership in urban schools, “The Hardest Questions Aren’t on the Test,” which was also published in Spanish. She consults nationally and internationally on issues of educational reform, leadership, teaching, and arts.
Dr. Nathan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, two Master’s degrees in education administration and performing arts, from Antioch University and Emerson College. Read Dr. Nathan’s full bio here.
Andrea Allen served on the board of ArtsEd Washington for ten years. As board president and co-president, Andrea provided vital governance leadership to the organization during a time of unprecedented growth. Always a thoughtful and creative strategist, Andrea worked closely with Executive Director Una McAlinden and with fellow board members to redefine ArtsEd Washington into an organization committed to creating a fundamental shift in the way the arts are perceived, funded, and taught in Washington.
Andrea’s illustrious professional career was capped by seventeen years at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the last fourteen of which she spent as Director of Education. There she created numerous programs to develop new work with teenagers, including the Playwriting Project, GirlSpeak, and TeenSpeak. In collaboration with other Seattle Center campus theatres (Seattle Children’s Theatre and Book–It Rep), she developed a teacher professional development program, Bringing Theatre into the Classroom; with national partners she created the Teaching Artist Training Lab (TAT); and she worked on the Theatre Education Assessment Models (TEAM) with TCG, the national service organization for regional theatres. Her work as a director was seen at Seattle Rep in Speech & Debate (2010) and Circle Mirror Transformation (2011).
As a theatre artist in Seattle, Andrea began her involvement at Annex Theatre, where she was a company member for more than ten years, serving as Artistic Director for two years and collaborating on numerous projects as a director, writer, and occasional actor. She co–founded Deus X Machina (DXM), a community based theatre company where she was a company member and resident playwright.
A graduate of Yale University with a degree in Women’s Studies, Andrea held an MA in education from Antioch University. And above all, she was the very proud mother of twin sons, Ulysses and Finnegan.
After a courageous 18 month battle with cancer, Andrea died on November 15, 2012. She was a beloved colleague, artist, mentor, friend, and lifelong advocate for every child to receive the arts education that all children deserve.
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