Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Tracy Hyland
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Organizational Statement
As a teaching artist, I consider myself to be a guide, and not a leader. A life-long learner. Not an expert! I love exploring aspects of drama and storytelling with students and making discoveries together. My work is centered in curiosity, empathy, a sense of humor, flexibility, and an open heart. I set expectations for myself to connect with every student in the class each day. I acknowledge that each of these connections will look and feel different depending on the comfort level of the student. My learning plans include large group exercises, small group activities, and independent or reflective time. I aim to explore physical, mental, social-emotional, and technical aspects of whatever arts learning is in focus. I believe preparation is necessary to successfully convey ideas and learning objectives in a short amount of time. I also believe preparation is key to staying flexible and open to conversation in the classroom that can contextualize the work in ways that are student centered and culturally responsive. I ask a lot of open-ended questions. I strive to connect arts learning directly to students' lives, so that they can explore settings and relationships that are known to them (at school, home, in other communities) through an artistic lens. I believe in creating opportunities in class for supportive, constructive, peer-level feedback and empathetic connections. I believe that access to arts education is a crucial aspect of undoing racial inequities and shaping the future of social justice.

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Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
Pre-K, K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Playwrighting/Creative Writing Devised Work Theatre Arts Integration with ELA/Social Studies/Other      
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Theater


Previous School Partnerships
I am delighted to join the Creative Roster this year and I am eager to step back into my regular teaching artist practice after taking some time away for my family. Below are examples of past partnerships that I have enjoyed through Seattle Public Schools. In addition to these experiences, I have also been guest artist-in-residence at San Juan Island Community Theatre (Shakespeare Summer Intensive), drama teacher at Sweetpea Cottage Preschool, co-founder and lead teacher of the Street Playwrights Project in partnership with PSKS (Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets). From 1997 - 2003, I was also a lead teaching artist throughout Chicago Public Elementary Schools, teaching creative writing and drama through Barrel of Monkeys. I currently serve as the education manager at ACT Theatre in downtown Seattle. DANIEL BAGLEY ELEMENTARY - 2009-2010. Led two 8-week programs of after school drama class, with the themes of “Greek Mythology” and “Explorers” shaping the curriculum. Learning plans included games, creative storytelling, generating original performance pieces, and exploration with objects, music, and other inspirations. Participating learners were mixed grade and neurodiverse. KIMBALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - SPRING 2005. With 4rd grade classes, co-led a multi-week arts residency, integrating social studies with theatre. Helped students organize their researched biographies of Cesar Chavez, Rachel Carson, and Amelia Earhart into theatrical presentations of their lives and work. INTERAGENCY SCHOOL - RAINIER VALLEY - WINTER 2004. Students of varying levels of literacy studied, rehearsed, and performed a condensed version of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It. Public performances were held at Union Garage Theater in Seattle. GREEN LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - 2003-2004. Developed and taught an after-school drama program for two age groups: Kindergarten- 2nd Grade: Focus on playing animals and objects, creating and exploring imagined environments, singing, dancing, listening and group skills for an ensemble based performance. 3rd-5th Grade: Our time together culminated in small group performances of original stories and characters created by the students.
Other Trainings or Certifications
In addition to the professional development provided by Creative Advantage, I also benefit annually from Washington State Arts Commission Convenings. As a member of Theatre Communications Group, I am part of a national cohort of drama education administrators and teaching artists. As a professional actor, I am a proud member of Actors Equity Association and Theatre Puget Sound.
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Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

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