You know that I enjoy providing rigorous and high quality arts instruction for your students during my arts education residencies. I am also committed to taking steps to ensure the health and safety of all people involved in my residency programs in this “new normal.”
I completed the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Count On Me NC training in “General Best Practices for COVID-19 Management” in late June 2020. As a result of my training you can count on me to share arts education residencies of mime, variety arts, circus arts, Commedia dell’arte, and mask work with your students, while adding considerations in:
· Social distancing
· Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting
· Health monitoring
These measures will affect the presentation and learning goals as well as the content, timing and cost of my lessons. The information below breaks out details, new procedures and policies I am implementing to ensure the safety of all participants while providing a quality arts education experience.
You can count on me to manage the healthy social distancing of students during my workshops.
· One class will be instructed at a time.
· Each space to be used will be analyzed to determine how best to keep the space safe
while keeping the students socially distanced.
· Ground markers will keep students six feet apart while working.
· Props will be assigned and distributed to ensure individual student contact and usage.
· Traffic flow will be minimized and managed.
· Interactive components of workshops will be restricted and regulated.
· All school, district, local, statewide and national guidelines will be followed.
You can count on me to manage cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting of all surfaces and environments.
· I will encourage the use of hand sanitizer before and during each class as well as
encourage hand washing by all when available.
· All workshop supplies and props will be cleaned before and after each use.
· Students will wipe down shared supplies and props with artist-provided disinfectant
wipes after each use.
· Any shared supplies and props will be disinfected between classes using EPA List N
registered chemicals and/or a bleach solution.
· I will perform needed environmental cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces
of the workshop space/classroom.
· Workshop supplies and props will be arranged so that they may be accessed without
touching other supplies and props.
· Props that cannot be cleaned will not be shared, like juggling scarves. Props of this nature
will be provided to each individual at an additional residency cost. Each student will
keep these items at the conclusion of the residency.
· Students should not bring personal items to class. When they must bring items to class I
will make sure they are secured away from other students' items as well as workshop
You can count on me to manage my health and health monitoring.
· I will wear my PPE face shield or mask while I teach.
· I will practice exemplary hand hygiene
· I will provide tissues for proper cough and sneeze hygiene
· I will drink only from my personally labeled water bottle.
· I will complete a health screening and temperature check daily. I will cancel class and
seek a medical professional for further evaluation if anything is abnormal.
· I will voluntarily and frequently be tested for COVID-19.
You can count on me to continue to provide you with quality arts education workshops and residencies in a safe and healthy way. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com or give me a call at 910/738-8179.
Jef at the North Carolina Turkey Festival
Whether onstage or roving, Jef is a quiet kind of guy. He juggles and balances things. He gets confused at times. (Sometimes he even forgets what his hat is for!) He involves his audience members to help him when he's confused and to play along with his mime, mask, and variety arts shenanigans. He even leads sing-a-longs!
Jef shares his work at fairs and festivals. He has performed at such places as Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC; Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, SC; the Very Special Arts Festival in Pembroke, NC; and The Children's Festival in Hampton, VA.
Jef studied mime with C.W. Metcalf and Tony Montanaro with brief instruction with Jacques Lecoq. For 17 years he performed as a member of TOUCH, North Carolina's premier mime theater. He then created the mascot, Wool E. Bull, for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and began performing with his juggling partner, Ken Kay, as Ken & Jef. Since Ken retired, Jef has performed solo, captivating children and families throughout the South.
"Thanks so much for being part of this year's Christmas in July Festival. You're the best! I appreciate your innate ability to work the crowd...how you zero in on the child who needs a lift...how unbelievably funny and fun you are...and how focused and talented and creative you are with your routines. Thank you for sharing!"
"Thank you for coming to Ashley River! I had a great time. Your show was just like recess!"
"Thank your so much for performing at our Community Day! The kids so enjoyed your show, and we thought it was an absolute blast!"
As a Teaching Artist
Because of his specialized training in styles of movement theater, Jef shares workshops, master classes and residencies in mime, theater mask, circus arts, ensemble techniques, Commedia dell'arte, melodrama, theater style and creating/devising theater at schools, universities, conferences and events throughout the Southeast, including: Department of Dramatic Art, UNC- Pembroke, Pembroke, NC; Department of Theater and Dance, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC; Drama Department, Duke University, Durham, NC; Drama Department, Lees McRae College, Banner Elk, NC; International Festival of Mime and Pantomime, Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta Mime Festival; Southeastern Regional Mime Festival, Greensboro, NC; International Thespian Festival, Muncie, IN; Southeastern Theater Conferences; North Carolina Theatre Conferences; Stanly Co. High School, Albemarle, NC; The Community Youth Theatre, Chapel Hill, NC; Ashe County Middle School, Jefferson, NC; Children's Summer Theatre Workshop, Oriental, NC; YouTheatre at Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC; the South Carolina Children’s Theater in Greenville, SC; Pine Street Elementary in Spartanburg, SC; Southside Middle School in Florence, SC; Philip Simmons Middle School in Wando, SC; MC Riley Elementary in Bluffton, SC; and the Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in Charleston, SC.
As an Arts Integration Specialist
Jef became interested in Arts Integration and its educational possibilities around the turn of the century. He began his individual study of this style of teaching and began implementing it in his own work.
In 2005 he became a North Carolina A+ Fellow, and through that program he is continually trained not only in the latest techniques and understandings of arts integration, but also the use of Multiple Intelligences, teaching techniques, neuroscience and all around arts education.
In 2010 he attended the Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop in which he was exposed to world-class professional development exploring the arts, imagination and inquiry.
He has continued his studies with a focus lately on the use of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences in relation to arts education, pre-performance routines for educational endeavors, and what goes on in our brains while we do art. Lately Jef has been studying formative and summative evaluations of arts education programs.
Because of this specialized training and ongoing study, Jef shares workshops in arts integration and arts education with teachers in North and South Carolina as well as Iowa, Alabama and Texas. He has also presented workshops at the Palmetto State Arts Education Conferences in South Carolina; ArtsR4Life Conferences in Raleigh, NC; the South Carolina STEM/STEAM Conference in Spartanburg, SC; the MUSE Machine Summer Institute at the Chapman Center in Spartanburg, SC; the A+ National Conference in Raleigh, NC; and he was the keynote speaker and workshop provider at the Charleston County Arts Education Conference in 2017. He is also a member of the Higher Education Task Force of the Arts Education Partnership (currently examining pre-service learning in arts integration at our universities).
Students at Southside Middle School in Florence, SC, explore mask characters.
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Roving performances as well as stage sets throughout the day in downtown Waynesville, NC, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Presented by the Downto...
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