Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
James R. Lapan
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Jim is a veteran Seattle based actor, director, playwright and arts educator. He's performed at ACT, Intiman, Village, Book-It and Seattle Shakespeare Co., and taught at the University of Washington, Freehold, Youth Theatre Northwest, and the Northwest School. His plays have been seen at 14/48 and Theater Schmeater. In 2014 he wrote and performed 25,000 Posts, his first original solo piece, about navigating the American Dream in the 21st century. It was this work that inspired him to create the Life in Two Worlds residency. Jim has a B.A. in Theatre from Bates College and an M.F.A in Acting from the University of Washington.

Contact Information

First Name
James R.
Last Name
Lapan
Address
10443 Alderbrook Pl. NW
Address 2
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip
98177
Phone
206-595-9346

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
I use a combination of theatre and writing tools to empower students to discover and tell their stories in theatrically interesting ways.
Discipline
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Theater

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
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Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
None
Experience with Students in Special Education
None

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
I provide a lot of structure and a lot of safety in the classroom. Students are on their feet daily, and are encouraged to leave their comfort zones. This doesn't happen all at once, and it doesn't happen at the same rate for all students. Confidence, trust, and respect for the work are built progressively over time. Ideally, my job is less about providing inspiration than establishing the conditions in which my students can inspire each other.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Composition and writing
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
Testimonials from Schools
Karen Sharp (karens@sct.org) Mimi Katano (art-dir@youththeatre.org)

Fees

Fees

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Production shot from my original play 25,000 Posts
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