I have taught in public schools and professional theatre organizations for more than 20 years. After getting frustrated trying to find scripts that are school appropriate, yet are well-written and dynamic, I decided to start writing my own. All of the scripts in my store have been used in the classroom and/or produced on the stage with my students. They have been tested and edited based on those experiences.
I like to create an environment that makes students feel safe and respected; then they feel free to try new things, explore and create. Middle and High School students are often self-conscious about others judging them and need to learn to be confident and stand on their own, so they can pave their unique journey. Drama helps this do this and the confidence and skills cross over into all other academic subjects.
Arizona Thespians Teacher of the Year (2015), Arizoni Award winner, Irene Ryan nominee, New Teacher of the year (1991).
I hold an MA in Theatre Education from Prescott College and a BS in Secondary Education from Columbus State University.
Jeana Whitaker was born in Jackson, California but has lived all over the United States and in Italy. After earning her Bachelor's Degree in 1991, she went on to teach a variety of classes, coach state champion Speech and Debate teams and direct award-winning theatrical productions. Continuing to follow her love of performing arts, Ms. Whitaker worked in professional theatre, television and film, including work for HBO, Granada Films, ESPN, Entertainment Tonight, Rocky Mountain Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company. Additionally, she created and ran an award-winning community theatre company in Phoenix and she earned her Master's Degree in Theatre Education from Prescott College in 2001. However, her greatest joy is teaching students; whether they are learning how to analyze literature, make their stage debut, or discover new things about themselves and the world around them (even when they think they already know everything). In her spare time, Ms. Whitaker can be found writing screenplays and novels and traveling whenever possible.
English Language Arts, Vocabulary, Specialty, Social Studies - History, Arts & Music, Visual Arts, Other (Arts), Drama, Career and Technical Education, Other (Social Studies - History), Other (ELA), Literature, Writing, Oral Communication, Holidays/Seasonal, Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanzaa, Dance, For All Subjects, Informational Text