Teaching Resume

Adjunct Theatre Professor                                                       Aug 2018-present

University of Nebraska - Omaha

Taught college theatre classes, including:

  • Intro to Acting

  • Intro to Theatre


Touring Actor-Educator                                                           Aug 2014-March 2015

CLIMB Theatre

Worked with a partner to rehearse, travel and facilitate theater-based lessons in classrooms and schools across the Midwest on topics such as bullying, resiliency, respect and self-control.  We saw Pre-k classes all the way to 8th grade.


Teaching Artist Fellowship                                                      Aug 2013-May 2014

Omaha Theatre Company for Young People, Omaha, NE

This was a nine-month paid fellowship at a professional children’s theater, in which I acted in both main stage and metro touring shows, completed administrative work, and taught and co-taught various classes.  My teaching included working with classrooms that integrated students on the autism spectrum (these classes are noted with an * ) 

  • After school theatre classes in various middle schools

  • My Little Pony, PreK

  • Curious George, PreK

  • How To Train Your Dragon Academy class, creative drama, grades 3-8*

  • Big Nate class, creative drama, grades 5-8*

  • Assissted with Under the Sea class, grades 3-5

  • Full Day Intro to Theater Workshops, grade 3

  • Learning the Actor’s Craft, grades 3 & 4

  • Creative Movement Workshops, Kindergarten

  • Reader’s Theater “Little Red Hen”, grade 1

  • Drama Residency “Civil War”, grade 5

  • Drama Residency “American Revolution”, grade 5


Teaching Assistant                                                                   2009-2012

First Stage Children’s Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

Assisted with and participated in several elementary-age creative drama classes, including:

  • Living In the Medieval Ages

  • Witches and Wizards

  • Dr. Seuss


Teaching Assistant                                                                 Summer 2011

West Bend Recreational Department, West Bend, WI

Worked with lead teachers to plan and implement a Reader’s Theatre class, involving learning about all aspects of theatre and performing a final show

Shadow Puppets

This is a picture from a Saturday morning class based on the Big Nate books that I co-taught at The Omaha Theater Company.  At the end of the session, we made our own shadow puppets and performed a play that we devised for parents and friends.  This class was an intregrated class, and some students were on the Autism spectrum. 

Role Drama

A Saturday morning drama class that I wrote the curriculum for, as well as taught, was based upon How To Train Your Dragon.  I structured the class as a role drama.  Students created their own characters, used acting skills to become that character, and together we went on adventures and solved problems.  At the end of the class they all "graduated" from the dragon academy.  This class was an intregrated class, and some students were on the Autism spectrum.

Young Playwrights Festival

This show included plays that were written by teens in the Omaha area, and performed solely by teens as well at the Omaha Theater Company.  It was a unique directing and teaching experience, and was very rewarding!  In the end, I feel that the show was a huge success, and the students involved felt proud and accomplished. 

Teaching Lifeskills

During my time with CLIMB Theatre, I toured around the Midwest as an Actor-Educator.  We went into classrooms (grades PreK-12th) and used drama to teach skills such as respect, resiliency, sharing, and even informed students about bullying and the use of gateway drugs.  The picture below is from Normal County East Elementary and was a class about respect for 5th grade students.  The picture to the right is from a PreK classroom in Hastings, MN where we were teaching about assertive behavior.

© 2020 by Katie Otten

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