by Holly Lake, marketing intern
We took a few moments to talk to our new Director of Education, Pamela DiPasquale. Read on!
1) Where did you work before CPH and what made you come here?
For the past four years I worked as the Education Director at Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Louisville. Prior to that I was the Artistic Director for the Children’s Theatre of Maine in Portland. I chose to come to The Cleveland Play House because of its strong commitment, both in mission and in leadership, to education. I am also thrilled to be part of the team that transitions The Cleveland Play House and its programs into the 21st Century.
2) We offer a lot of great education programs for people of all ages. Is there program(s) you are particularly proud of/ excited about?
I am very excited to start work on the Full Contact Program. This program fosters a partnership between the Cleveland Play House and four local high schools, allowing the students an opportunity to connect to theatre in a very meanigful way. I have just met with all of the teachers and am currently trying to match them up with an artist that will have connections with their students trhoughout the school year in a variety of capacities. Look for works the students will create as part of this partnership in FusionFest this spring.
3) What’s new on the horizon for the 2011 CPH education department?
I think we will see our programs continue to move towards engaging the whole person and creating dynamic ways to educate and foster emotional, social and cognitive growth in all people that the department serves.
4) Something about yourself that people would find surprising?
I think some people would be surprised to know that I am a bit obsessed with dwarves, or as they preferred to be called, little people. It all started in my childhood when my mom read me Snow White then it just escalated from there upon encounters with The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I keep trying to get my son to be an oompa loompa for Halloween, but he refuses. Maybe, if I am lucky, Michael will choose an all “little people” cast for one of the shows next season. A girl can dream.
5) What motivates you (in life)?
When my oldest child was just 11 months old, I was directing a production of Stella Luna, and she attended every rehearsal strapped to my back, never making a sound, but always watching intently the process going on in front of her. Later, during the run, I attended the performance with her in my lap. I was awestruck at how she participated in that production; laughing, gasping, clapping. She was the most active and engaged audeince member I have ever witnessed. It was a very poignant moment in my career, to realize that something that I had created could enage my own child, that my art could become part of her life on such a personal level.
It is definitely my children that continue to motivate me in my art, my work and my every day life.
6) I could go the rest of my life without…..
7) If you could be any piece of fruit in the bowl, which one would it be and why?
I would be the banana, I have no good reason expect for I packed one for lunch today.