Kathryn Zdan, Teaching Artist



Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley, CA

Guest Artist/Director 2008 to the Present

At Tamalpais High School I teach high school students physical theatre, critical analysis and ethics of art, and movement, as well as directing advanced drama mainstage shows.

CalShakes Young Conservatory

Teaching Artist, Summer 2012 to the Present

For the CalShakes summer conservatory program I taught acting, improv, and movement to many classes from age 6 to 18.  I also directed Middle School and High School aged productions of Shakespeare plays.

Little Opera

San Francico, CA 2012

I taught two master classes for Little Opera, in acting and physical characterization.

Berkwood Hedge, Berkeley, CA

Teaching Artist, School year 2010

At Berkwood Hedge I worked with 4th and 5th graders twice a week for the whole school year.  I taught acting to the 4th graders, and wrote and staged an original play with the 5th grade class.

Flying Actor Studio, San Francisco, CA

Young Adult Physical Theater Instructor, Summer 2009-2011

At the Flying actor Studio I had the chance to create my own curriculum to explore physical theater, original character development, solo work and performance art with young adults.

Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley, CA

Teaching Artist, 2010 to the Present

With Berkeley Playhouse I direct intensive playlabs in which a group of 15-20 young students are with me all day, 5 days a week, to create a musical theater performance.

StarStruck, Fremont, CA

Teaching Artist, 2010 to the Present

I direct youth musical theater productions with StarStruck, with ages 6-12.

Marin Theater Company, Mill Valley, CA

Youth Theater Instructor Summer 2009 to the 2012

At MTC I taught in their summer theater intensive, and continue to work as a teacher and substitute, specializing in improv and physical theater.

142 Throckmorten Theatre, Mill Valley, CA

Youth Theater Instructor 2008

It was here that I developed my own class plans and method of teaching acting to young children aged 5-14 with an emphasis on imaginative engagement and spontaneous expression.

Mill Valley Middle School, Mill Valley, CA

Guest Director Fall 2008

At Mill Valley Middle School I oversaw and directed the production of the Fall 2008 talent show.

Steve and Kate’s Camp Mill Valley, CA

Performing Arts Director, 1998-2002

At Steve and Kate’s Camp I designed and directed the Performing Arts Program, and also taught knitting and crochet, as well as supervised myriad camp activities.


University of California at Santa Barbara    

B.F.A. Theater                                  

The Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre                                                            

M.F.A. Theater