Educational Theatre Association website 2003
To honor Theater Teachers
I am from Mays Landing, New Jersey. I graduated from Oakcrest High School. Not only was I a member of the International Thespian Society, I held office and was acknowledged as an Honor Thespian in my Junior year.
Our drama department was headed by the wonderful, Betsy Tuxill. ‘Tux’ had a tough job at our high school with an international award-winning band taking most of the performing arts resources. Still, she directed two musicals and at least one straight play or evening of one acts, every year. She led the forensics team which competed more than twice a year. Tux advised the drama club and the International Thespian Society. Oh yes, and she taught classes, as well.
The Juneau Empire 2010
As I write this, it has been a short and unbelievably long 365 days since “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” opened as part of Perseverance Theatre’s STAR program, the summer arts program for Juneau youth. It was such a great privilege to work in your beautiful and welcoming community. It was a great disappointment not to be with you all again this summer
Nearly 4,000 miles separate me from the place and people that have stolen a piece of my soul. I wrote blog entries often about the joys of working with Juneau’s youth and the gifted artists at Perseverance Theatre, of my adventures and great new friendships. The problem is that the audience for my musings was primarily my colleagues back in New York City.
In the hopes of sharing how you have touched my heart, I offer some excerpts from the blog I posted last year: