This week Jimmy talks with Texas theatre education professor Michael Avila. He talks about his time as an arts administrator, his theatre education program at The University of Texas at Austin, and culturally responsive teaching.
Michael’s Recommended Resources:
Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta L. Hammond
Monologues for Latino/a Actors by Micha Espinosa
Scenes for Latinx Actors by Micha Espinosa
Professional Organizations: (EdTA, AATE, and your state and local theatre education organizations)
Assistant Professor of Instruction
Michael Ávila was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and is a proud Chicano artist and educator. He received his Master of Arts in Theatre at the University of Houston and graduated with honors from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Drama. Ávila received additional training from Lincoln Center Theatre in New York City, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. He began his career in educational theatre in 2002 at Southside High School in San Antonio and also served as Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre at Karen Wagner High School with Judson ISD. In 2012, Ávila became the Head Theatre Director at Thomas Jefferson High School. Along with teaching, Ávila also held the position of Fine Arts Coordinator for Theatre and Visual Arts with San Antonio ISD. He is a member of the training cadre for the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts and was selected by the Texas Education Agency as a member of the TEKS Fine Arts Review Committee. Ávila is a UIL One-Act Play Adjudicator and member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association’s Board of Directors. Currently, he is an assistant professor of instruction in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities / UTeach Theatre program at The University of Texas at Austin.