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I can answer the following questions: How can I choose the right college to study Theatre Arts? How can I prepare a monologue for audition? What do I need to study to become a Theatre educator? How can I use Theatre techniques in leadership positions? How can I implement ensemble Theatre experiences for class/cast/staff development? I prefer not to answer any questions about agent recommendations.

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I have fifty years of work in Theatre education. I am an professional Theatre educator, actress, director, and producer. I have two published Theatre education books. I have taught all levels, including elementary through college/university and senior citizen acting. I have experience in leading national ensemble building experiences using Theatre techniques. www.gaijones.com.

Organizations

AFTRA/SAG 2002-present, EdTA member since 1968, Thespian Director, Senior Theatre League, Professional Member, Past Territorial Director/Past Regional Director, AATE Member, CA Representative, Americans for the Arts, CA Educational Theatre Association, member, membership V.P, Past President, CA Thespians, Ex Trustee, VP membership, past Director, CA Teachers Association, CAAE board member, CSUF Alumni Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Drama Teachers Associations of So. CA, Member, Membership Secretary, Girl Scouts of America, Grady County Historical Society, Legislative Action Committee, National Educational Association, Order of the Eastern Star, Parent Teacher Student Association, USAO Alumni Association, Zeta Phi Eta

Publications

RAISING THE CURTAIN BREAK A LEG Secondary Schools of Theatre Association “Shop Talk” EdTA “Teaching Theatre” AATE “Stage and School” AATE Guest Editor and contributor “Stage of the Art” Theatre Arts Curriculum, grades s7-12 LA TIMES BACKSTAGE WEST DRAMALOGUE STAGE DIRECTIONS CETA News Journal CETA Position Paper 2007 Sage to Stage Curriculum, senior citizen Osher Institute Curriculum, CSU, Channel Islands CSU, East Bay, Curriculum professional developments www.dramaeducation.com

Education/Credentials

BA Speech and Drama Oklahoma College for Women MA in Theatre CSU Fulerton, CA Teacher Fullerton Union District Placentia Yorba LInda Unified District Instructor Fulleton College Associate Professor, CA State University, East Bay Workshops with NYU, Roosevelt, Northern Colorado University, University of CA, Irvine, A.C.T., University of Texas, Austin, UCLA, ComedySportzLA, Junior High Teaching Credential Life Time Standard Secondary Credential Administrative Credential

Awards and Honors

Black Box Theater renamed GAI JONES THEATER, El Dorado H.S. Placentia, CA 2002; The World’s Who’s Who of Women; Secondary Educators of America; Young Educators of America, CAAE Leader in Theatre Education; Stage Directions-Leaders in America; Outstanding Arts Educator, Orange County; CETA Outstanding Educator/Life time Achievement Award; CA State Thespians Hall of Fame; EdTA Hall of Fame.

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over 25,000 students, past and present

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Recent Answers from Gai Jones

2016-04-27 Comedic Monologue Inquiry:

Rachel, you need to find a comedic monologue from a play and read the entire play. Do not choose a monologue from a book of monologues or from internet or even movie monologues, unless your professor said

2016-01-05 College and books:

Yes, AADA is really good. It is expensive. The Alums really help students with contacts.  Eric Morris'book, David Mamet's TRUE AND FALSE, THE GREAT ACTING TEACHERS AND THEIR METHODS,  THE STUDENT ACTOR

2015-03-12 Remembering Lines:

There are several techniques which you might employ. Divide your lines into beats by emotions, topics, objectives. Taking each section, you can say a line, then write the line (not typing or computing-the

2014-05-11 Artist Roles Influencing in Real Life.:

Yes I feel that artists playing roles as a hero, villain, comedian,etc can influence the artist in his real life.  I feel that some artists who play the hero roles do heroic things in real life.  I do

2013-11-11 Acting:

You have many good questions here. It shows that you are a serious student of Theatre and want to do well.  1. When you ask about a good drama school, I need to know are you talking about college? If so

 

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