Our Instructors

Michelle Ebert Freire (Founder/Director) has worked for several educational and performing arts organizations throughout the U.S., including Washington Performing Arts in DC; City Lights Youth Theatre, Young Playwrights Inc., TheatreworksUSA, and MCC Theater in New York City; Seattle Children’s Theatre; and the Zach Theatre and Austin Theatre for Youth in Texas. She has also used therapeutic drama techniques in prisons, mental health facilities, and drop-in programs in Southern California. She taught theatre at California State University, San Bernardino and American University and now teaches at the College of Southern Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from the University of Maryland, a Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin, and a certificate from the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles. Michelle has recently earned the Microcredential for Creative Classrooms through the Maryland State Department of Education. She directs and performs locally.

Michelle taught my son drama during preschool and kindergarten.  One of the highlights as a parent was hearing my shy little boy belt out his lines in front of a large audience. Not only did it surprise me, it surprised the whole audience.  Michelle made sure to get to know the individual children she was teaching in order to best meet their needs in the drama environment.  She showed personal investment in their blooming abilities!

Denise, Parent

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