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THED Talks

THED Talks

THED Talks is a podcast for theatre teachers and theatre education students. Dr. Jimmy Chrismon, Theatre Education professor at Illinois State University, brings you stories and interviews from experienced K-12 theatre teachers, current theatre education majors, and professors of theatre education that will warm your heart, renew your faith in teaching, and provide resources to better your practice in your theatre classroom. Pour the coffee, relax, and join us for heart-warming conversations and practical advice from practitioners making a difference in students' lives each and every day!

Recent Episodes

5.20 A Conversation with Sarah Esparza

Feb. 1, 2023

This week jimmy talks with Chicago elementary theatre teacher Sarah Esparza. She talks about the community and belonging that theatre provides students, her work in Chicago Public Schools, and the need for boundaries and sel…

Guest: Sarah Esparza

5.19 A Conversation with Cody Rogers

Jan. 25, 2023

This week Jimmy talks with Illinois theatre teacher Cody Rogers. He talks about the struggles of a first-year teacher coming out of COVID, working in a charter school, and the challenges and joys of being an out-gay theatre …

Guest: Cody Rogers

5.18 A Conversation with Brianna Fallon

Dec. 21, 2022

This week Jimmy talks with Arizona teaching artist Brianna Fallon. She talks about her work with Child's Play, her TikTok presence as @FacilitatorOfJoy with anti-racist theatre practices, and her love for TYA. https://brian…

5.17 A Conversation with Madeleine Smith

Dec. 14, 2022

This week Jimmy talks with international teacher Madeleine Smith. She talks about her work in international schools, burnout, and using theatre in rural areas to promote literacy.

5.16 A Conversation with Murali Basa

Dec. 7, 2022

This week Jimmy talks with Dr. Murali Basa in India. He talks about lighting design and digital media design from an Indian perspective, directing, and his upcoming books!

Guest: Murali Basa

5.15 A Conversation with Rachel Davis

Nov. 30, 2022

This week Jimmy talks with Florida theatre teacher Rachel Davis. She talks about technical theatre, diversity, and running a theatre competition.

About the Host

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Jimmy Chrismon, EdD

Creator and Host

Dr. Jimmy Chrismon is a theatre educator with 17 years of experience in the public schools of North and South Carolina. He currently teaches full time as an Assistant Professor of Theatre Teacher Education at Illinois State University. He was an adjunct theatre faculty member at Winthrop University and Central Piedmont Community College. He has acted, directed, designed, and produced professionally for 24 years. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre Education from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. He received his Master of Education Degree in Theatre Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He most recently completed his Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gardner-Webb University. His dissertation was entitled “A Study of Theatre Teacher and School Administrator Perceptions of Traits, Characteristics, and Instructional Practices and Their Possible Role in Teacher Evaluation.” He has also worked for The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and The Lake Norman School of the Arts. He currently resides in Bloomington, Illinois.
Dr. Chrismon’s acting credits include: Lonely Planet, Doubt: A Parable, Company, The History Boys, Godspell, Shadow Box, The Baltimore Waltz, Tick, tick..Boom!, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Odd Couple, Children of Eden, Candide, The Miser, The Good Woman of Setzuan, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Altruists, The Crucible, Dracula, The Lion, the Witch, and The Wardrobe, and others.
His directing credits include: Guys and Dolls, The Electric Baby, Seussical: The Musical, Godspell, Miss Nelson Is Missing, Rent, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Children of Eden, Tarzan, Aida, All Shook Up, Grease, The Odd Couple, Lonely Planet, Interrupting Vanessa, Medea, the Wizard of Oz, A Raisin in the Sun, A Very Common Procedure, Geography Club, You’re a Good Man, Charlie, Brown, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, and others.
His professional affiliations include The American Alliance for Theatre Education, The Illinois Theatre Association, The Southeastern Theatre Conference, and The Educational Theatre Association.