T E A C H I N G
University of Southern California
Advanced Acting with Movement
Overview of Experience:
Assistant Director, Grant Wood Art Colony, University of Iowa
Director of Global Express, the University of Iowa
Artistic Associate, Working Group Theatre
Guest Director & Faculty (Acting) Cornell College
Guest Director Coe College
Guest Director Augustana College
Guest Director & Faculty (Voice and Diction)
St. Ambrose University
2007-2009: Faculty, Basic and Advanced Acting with Movement, University of Southern California
Fall 2007: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Drama in the Classroom, University of Iowa
2004-2007: Associate Artist, Resident Company Member,
Director of STC-2, Sacramento Theatre Company
2008: Center Theater Group/ Dana Institute
Trained to be a Teaching Artist for the Visual and Performing Arts Programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
2005: Post graduate work on Greek Theatre, Hydra Greece,
2001: Master of Fine Arts, Drama (Acting), University of Washington
1996: Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts, University of Iowa
1992 - 1994: The Theatre School, DePaul University
Fall 2012: Voice and Diction, St. Ambrose University
Fall 2010: Acting I, Cornell College
2009-2011: Movement, Chicago High School of the Arts
Spring 2009: Basic Acting with Movement, Advanced Acting with Movement, University of Southern California
Spring 2008: Basic Acting with Movement, University of Southern California
Fall 2008: Basic Acting with Movement, Advanced Acting with Movement University of Southern California
Fall 2007: Drama in the Classroom, University of Iowa
2004-2007: Program Head/Education Director, STC-2 Young Professional's Conservatory, Sacramento Theatre Company
Created and taught classes including Business/Audition, Theatre History, and all Performance subjects, as well as a fully produced 3 – 5 show season
1999-2000: Instructor of Record, Acting I, University of Washington
University Workshops/Intensives/Guest Artist
Fall 2009: Introduction to Suzuki for Acting Majors, Augustana College
Spring 2009: Guest Instructor for the Master’s Program, University of Southern California
Using the physical theatre and movement principles of Tadashi Suzuki, Jerzy Grotowski and Anne Bogart, upper level undergraduate majors and master’s students are introduced to the connection and utilization of their bodies in acting.
2011: Riverside Theatre Young People’s Intensive, Riverside Theatre
A two - week intensive for high school students on a range of subjects including monologues and scene work, Voice, Movement, Combat, Shakespeare and Audition
2010-2013: Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre
Voice/text, acting coach/dramaturgy for the area’s premiere Shakespeare company
2010-2013: Riverside Interns Intensive, Movement, Riverside Theatre
Concentrated physical theatre sessions with recent college graduates from all over the country
2007-2011: Director, Englert School of Performing Arts
Co-ordinator, curriculum designer and head teacher
2009: Guest Artist, Mara Casey Acting Studio
Using various acting and physical theatre techniques, in depth workshops for professional actors, focusing on centering, connection and ensemble.
2008-2009: Guest Artist, A Noise Within Theatre
Using physical theatre techniques, workshops for professional and the post undergraduate aged intern company ensemble developed a cast created piece with Shakespeare’s text.
2002-2004: Actor/Teacher, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Teaching workshops using Shakespeare to middle and high school aged students
2008: Lead Teacher, Center Theatre Group
Teaching Los Angeles School District teachers how to utilize CTG’s production of “The Color Purple” in their classrooms
Quotes from Students:
"I learned more in this movement class than I have in a lot of classes- and that's saying something! Saffron is engaging and challenging, and the course was really well articulated. She taught us how to actually use what we learned!" - USC student
"Your class reignited my love for theatre. Seriously, you are my hero."
- Kenton Chen, USC student
"First of all, an incredible actor and performer - I learned so much from simply watching and learning through example. She also gave phenomenal direction, and through her feedback I was better able to enter, and to improve my work. She made me exciting to wake up every morning for an 8:30 am class. The best, without question, theatre class I have taken at this university." - USC student
"Saffron was very effective in communicating her thoughts. Also, she was very effective in helping us find our own way (not spoon-feeding us) so that by the end of the semester we grew as actors and directors and were much more aware of ourselves and each other."
- USC student
"Your class was one of my favorites in school, hands down."
- Sarah Laine Milner, USC student
"Encouraged going outside comfort zone, went step by step so no project seemed overwhelming. Accessible, good with questions and feedback." - USC student
"This class really gave me a chance to apply some things that I haven't worked on in years and let me do it with a new twist. Saffron...is the best teacher I've had since I got to college."
- University of Washington student
"This was a great course. Strengths were all the different physical, emotional, mental exercises we've done. We got very involved and learned a lot. Saffron was a great instructor with personal experience. She knew what she was talking about and got everyone involved."
- Cornell College student
"Saffron made me feel passionate about acting. I trust her and I respect her, and I think she has a lot to offer as an instructor. This has been the class that has had the greatest effect on me."
- Cornell College student
"Saffron is not a only a wonderful actor and teacher, she has a brilliant way of doing both at the same time." - Christina Elmore, former student, Harvard graduate
"I was lucky enough to have her my freshman year of high school. She instilled professionalism, dedication, and passion in all the work she taught us while creating a comfortable and productive environment. Looking back at my senior year of high school, it was her class's beautiful work specifically that brought us to tears four years later because it really was the foundation of all the work that we've done at The Chicago High School for the Arts. She taught us that acting was more than words, and life is more than existing." - Ryan Wasney, former student