Teacher Confessions: A variety-style performance of teachers’ true stories from the frontlines of teaching. Summer Break Theatre is using this show as a way for teachers’ stories to be heard and support their voices through performance: Supporting teachers in a time when they could use it, more than ever. Expect it to be anything but boring!
Inspired by the long-running and successful improv-based Austin Secrets and storytelling platforms such as StoryCorp and Austin Bat Cave, Teacher Confession collects anonymous stories and titles from teachers to craft into a performance by teacher/actors on the stage. This show is here to celebrate the sad, funny, provocative, and/or even absurd stories that teachers have to tell! Expect a terrific night of material!
Meet the Cast
Anna is a core member of Summer Break Theatre. Anna has her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Florida and later on earned her Master of Education from Texas A&M. She is a middle school theatre teacher in Lake Travis ISD. Prior to that, Anna lived in Los Angeles where she was a founding member of the award-winning sketch group Oh You and Your Bone Spurs, a frequent participant in Comedy Central’s storytelling night Sit and Spin, and happened to film a TV pilot, a couple of indie movies and a studio picture. She lives in Austin with her husband and two sons and is beyond excited to work with Summer Break Theatre!
Jon DeMitchell is a core member of Summer Break Theatre and is so excited to be part of this awesome show. Jon is the theatre director at East View High School in Georgetown. Prior to that, he was an actor of stage and screen in Los Angeles. He is also a graduate of Chapman University’s BFA in Theatre Performance program.
Rene is a core member of SBT. She has a B.A. in Theatre from the City University of New York, Hunter College. She is currently the Theatre Arts director at Hutto High School in Hutto,Tx. Rene has worked as an actor in LA, New York and across the country. Rene’s recent Austin credits include Olivia in Twelfth Night, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Princess in Love’s Labor’s Lost, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar for Present Theatre Company and Adrianna in Comedy of Errors for Penfold Theatre Company.
Maggie is the founder of Summer Break Theatre. She currently serves as the theatre director for Cedar Valley Middle School. Maggie is also a member of the pilot program RRISD Fine Arts LEAD Co-hort, and she advises academic UIL. Prior to teaching, Maggie toured as a stage manager and actor in NYC, and worked with Austin Lyric Opera and the Long Center.
Christopher Orf has been performing and teaching in various capacities since before grunge music was a thing. He studied improv and performed and wrote for stage, TV & film productions in New York City during the entirety of the time Rudy Giuliani was the (not-nearly-as-funny-as-he-is-now) mayor and then some. Since moving to Austin in 2006, he has performed in various troupes within the Austin Improv Community; taught chemistry at the University of Texas; and run his own craft brewery (Orf Brewing, recently closed, RIP). His next adventures will continue to include entertainment, science, and spreading festiveness in some way or form, because that's just what he does.
Benjamin Sterling is an Equity actor, improviser and Stage combat instructor with over twenty years experience. He has won the best comedic actor award from the Austin Critics Circle, been nominated for a B. Iden Payne award, and has been a company member of the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey for over 15 years. He currently teaches theatre at Walsh Middle School and has taught advanced acting and stage combat at Zach Theater and Georgetown Palace. As an improviser Benjamin has performed with The Well Hung Jury, Start Trekkin, and Start Trekkin NY. His most recent credits include the part of Lt. Kelly in the New York premier of the award winning play: Butler.
Jessica Arjet is a co-owner of The Hideout Theatre in Austin, Texas. She has an eclectic background starting with years in community and regional theater, and a successful career as a professional clown. Currently she is the producer, director, and actor in the Hideout Theater’s children's improv program with classes, shows, and a touring troupe. Jessica performs around town in a variety of improv styles, such as grounded, character-based work, fast and silly stories and games, and the genre/narrative work frequently explored by the Hideout Theatre’s main stage shows. Her weekly show The Arjet Universe, features guests from around Austin and the world. Currently she continues to perform, direct, produce and teach in Austin, Texas and around the country. Current troops: My Secret Friend and Fabarjet.