Director Opportunities

Director Community Conversation: Mental Health in the Classroom

Saturday, February 19, 2022 at 9:00 am


Students, educators, and artists – we’ve all been struggling these past two years. How do you create a theater community in your school that takes mental health seriously? Join Spotlight teaching artists Claire Avitabile and C Ryan Shipley on Saturday 2/19 for a virtual director community conversation about mental health in the classroom. We’ll share actionable tools and resources, and discuss the obstacles we’ve faced and successes we’ve had.


CLAIRE AVITABILE is a white, cisgender, queer theatre director, performance curator, producer, mentor and encourager. She has been teaching, directing, and producing theatre for youth and adults for nearly 20 years. A graduate of Smith College in Massachusetts, in 2006 she founded 20% Theatre Company with the goal to create more opportunities for women and transgender/non-binary theatre artists. She has been recognized by Lavender Magazine as a Top GLBT Leader in the Twin Cities (2012) and as Artistic Director of the Year (2014, Small Theatres).

C RYAN SHIPLEY is a Minneapolis-based theater artist and educator. As a teaching artist, Ryan works with young people to create inclusive and equitable communities that incorporate artistic expression and exploration at theater companies and organizations such as Project SUCCESS, Guthrie Theater, Hennepin Theater Trust, Children’s Theatre Company and The Ordway. He has performed with multiple theater companies in the Twin Cities including The Ordway, Artistry, Old Log Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Skylark Opera and Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji, MN.