Thursday, November 15, 2018

Nebraska Shakespeare Welcomes Katie Becker Colón As Director Of Education

Colón’s Prior Roles Provide Expertise for Nebraska Shakespeare’s Expansion Plans


(OMAHA, NE, November 15) Nebraska Shakespeare is proud to announce and welcome Katie Becker Colón as the organization’s Director of Education. Colón joins Nebraska Shakespeare’s full-time staff with over 10 years of experience in arts education in Chicago, Virginia, and Albuquerque. Colón will be responsible for developing relationships with educators and school administrators, hiring and training teaching artists, as well as directing and shaping the curricula and teaching processes for Nebraska Shakespeare’s educational programming to meet the needs of the learning communities the organization serves.

“We are thrilled to welcome Katie to the Nebraska Shakespeare staff,” says Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown, “Her intelligence, empathy, tenacity, and generosity will be transformative assets for our programming as well as the greater Nebraska community. This company is very excited to support and learn from Katie as we continue to grow and deepen our work as artists and humans.”

Colón joins the Nebraska Shakespeare team from Albuquerque, NM, where she acted as Director of Education for Duke City Repertory Theatre and created three educational programs: Classrooms Alive!, an educational tour that brings curriculum-based theatre to schools across New Mexico; Imagine Action Conservatory, a two-week summer program; and The Art and Craft of Acting, an adult education program for business professionals and theatre artists. Colón’s work as a teaching artist for the past three seasons of Nebraska Shakespeare’s educational touring program, Shakespeare On Tour, and as guest speaker for the organization’s summer Scholars Forums and Camp Shakespeare programs have allowed her to gain familiarity with Nebraska Shakespeare’s current curriculum, the communities served, and the opportunity to work with thousands of students across Nebraska and Iowa. 

As Director of Education, Colón will continue Nebraska Shakespeare’s success in providing educational opportunities to students across the state. Colón comments, “As an actor and educator for both Shakespeare On the Green and Shakespeare On Tour, I have seen the powerful relationships that NS has forged with communities across the state of Nebraska. I am thrilled that I will learn to strengthen those relationships and build new ones as we move into the 2019 season. The productions are top-notch, the personnel are generous and hard-working, and the impact of Shakespeare is more important and necessary than ever before. What a great year 2019 is going to be!”

About Nebraska Shakespeare
Under the leadership of Executive Director, Mary Ann Bamber; Interim Artistic Director, Sarah Brown; and the Board of Trustees, Nebraska Shakespeare’s mission is to create entertaining, challenging productions as well as immersive educational experiences that connect our diverse community to Shakespeare's exploration of what it means to be human. On stage, in the classroom and through collaborative partnerships, we create, engage, and inspire. Now in its 32nd year, Nebraska Shakespeare serves 40,000 individuals annually through performances and educational forums. For more information, visit nebraskashakespeare.com

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