Drama, Puppetry, and Theater Instructors
Dr. AnnMarie Saunders
AnnMarie T. Saunders, Ph.D., has worked as an educator and professional director and actor for more than twenty years in theatres and colleges across the southeastern United States. She has taught students from age 4-40 in acting, dance, writing and research, and a variety of other courses. She holds a PhD in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Maryland – College Park, MA in directing from Texas State University, and BFA in Performance from University of Memphis. Her recent directing work includes productions of Hairspray and Romeo and Juliet for Anne Arundel Community College, Oliver!, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and A Thousand Cranes for CSM, and She Stoops to Conquer for DC’s Pallas Theatre Collective.
Puppetry, Musical Theater
Brittany has a true love of theater. Her Grandmother took her to see the Scarlet Pimpernel when she was in Middle School and she has never looked back. She has acted in many plays and musicals starting in middle school, and she continued performing through college. After ten years of acting and singing in musical and theater productions, Brittany spent eight years directing theater. She loves working with kids and attained a bachelor's degree in early childhood and elementary education while living in Northern Utah. While living in Virginia, she taught voice lessons and coached many students in theater and audition skills. While teaching middle school in Virginia, she was the music director for six Disney Jr. musicals. Her favorite was Mulan Jr. In the past 5 years, she has taught multiple theater classes throughout the community. She is excited to begin offering theater coaching here in Southern Maryland. She has found that the best way to teach theater is to empower the creative side of each individual student and give them the reigns in creating their own masterpieces.