Teaching Artist Bio
Myra enjoys acting, singing, and dancing when she’s not in school. Her other interests include reading, hiking, taking care of her pups, Lulubelle and Alvin, and mentoring / teaching high school students English and Drama.
Why do you enjoy being a teaching Artist working with Parkway Playhouse Junior students?
Throughout my college experience as an education major I have enjoyed working with students of all ages and backgrounds. My favorite thing about working with young children is the energy, joy, and imagination they bring with them everyday. This energy is extremely contagious and can prompt amazing growth in kids, especially when fostered through theater.
How are you passionate about the Arts?
From a very young age, I have had a love for performance. At age 3, my mother enrolled my me in dance classes, and at age 10 I was in my very first play, Oliver!, right here at the Parkway Playhouse. These experiences growing up allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, challenge myself, and find my creative outlet. I am very passionate about helping younger kids, like my 10-year-old-self, find their creative outlets that will help them grow into and embrace their individualities.
Myra has appeared in the following at Parkway Playhouse: Oliver! , The Music Man , Fiddler On the Roof , The Sound of Music , Oklahoma! , Annie , Guys and Dolls , Suessical , 9 to 5 .
Myra also played the roles of Peter in Peter Pan , Helena Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood , Tuptim in The King and I , and Natalie in All Shook Up .
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS
Chancellor’s List - 5 Semesters
Dean’s List - 2 Semesters
Invited to the English Honors Program - Fall 2014
English Accelerated MA Student - Fall 2014-Present
Winner of the Daisy Adams’ Scholarship for Education - Fall 2015
Student Teacher, Spring 201611-12th grade EnglishMitchell High School, Bakersville, NC
Intern, Fall 201510-11th grade EnglishAvery High School, Newland, NC
Teacher’s Assistant, Spring 2015Exceptional Children's ProgramGreen Valley Elementary/Middle School, Boone, NC
Choreographer/Director’s Assistant - Spring 2013-PresentAvery County High School, Newland, NC
After School Tutor - Fall 2013Grades K-5Newland Elementary School, Newland, NC
Gym Manager - Fall 2011-Spring 2012Peak Fitness, Banner Elk, NC
College Intern/Actor - Summer 2012Parkway Playhouse, Burnsville, NC
Bachelor of Science Degree (BS)Appalachian State University - May 2016Major: English, Secondary Education
Minor: Theater Arts