American Coast Children’s Theatre seeks to foster life skills and cultivate theatrical excellence in a safe, encouraging, and professional environment.
Meet our Education Director:
Lissa Slay is a freelance director, educator, and teaching artist, holding a B.A. – Directing for the Theatre, M.S. – Education, Curriculum & Instruction, and a multiple-subject teaching credential with authorization in Drama/Theatre, from California State University, Fullerton.
Lissa is a full-time elementary theatre teacher for Orange Unified School District, teaching theatre to grades 5 and 6 at seven schools. She is a Segerstrom Center for the Arts teaching artist, facilitating professional development workshops for pre-service teachers and master teachers in integrating theatre practices into the general classroom. She also works with the Segerstrom as a Disney Musical in Schools teaching artist, a program in which she mentors classroom teachers to build, produce, and sustain school musical theatre programs. She also serves as a member of the Teaching Artist Support Collaborative regional advisory council, supporting not only the arts in the classroom but the artists who teach them. She is a Curriculum Integration Specialist for the educational troupe The Collaboratory and a Southern California casting associate for Missoula Children’s Theatre.
Lissa is also the Education Director for American Coast Children’s Theatre (ACCT), where she has been working since 2015 to build American Coast Theater Company a high-quality, sustainable musical theatre program focused on youth ages 6 and up. After debuting Seussical Jr. in just nine days with forty-five students, Lissa worked to add a second camp to ACCT‘s summer series. 2016 saw growth from 2015’s Seussical into 2016‘s The Jungle Book KIDS and James and the Giant Peach, Jr. With the second camp production, Lissa made it a goal to include adult college interns as the adult roles in the show, with the dual aim of strengthening the intern performer/educator experience and teaching young campers about collaborating across all ages. Lissa’s goal for the 2016-17 year was to expand ACCT into after-school musical theatre programming at elementary schools. ACCT brought the joys of The Lion King, Jr. and Peter Pan, Jr. into two local schools and achieved that goal. The goal for Summer 2017 is not only its two camps, The Aristocats KIDS and Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr., but also to spotlight campers as directors and choreographers, to pave the way for future programming in which we hope to host workshops on devising, puppetry, and more! You can follow ACCT at facebook.com/americancoastchildrenstheatre
Lissa’s favorite roles include being married to the love of her life, Kevin, and mommy to Penelope Rose, Finley John, and the Artful Dodger dog.
Lisa freelance’s with several schools such as:
Harbor View Elementary (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Newport Coast Elementary (Newport-Mesa Unified School District)
Everett A. Rea Elementary (Newport-Mesa Unified School District, part of a partnership with Segerstrom Center for the Arts & Disney Musicals in Schools)
Mattie Lou Maxwell Elementary (Magnolia Unified School District, part of a partnership with Segerstrom Center for the Arts & Disney Musicals in Schools)
She teaches theatre, for grades 5 & 6, full-time in Orange Unified School District:
Villa Park Elementary
Linda Vista Elementary