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Education

TIANA KAYE BLAIR

PROFESSOR OF PRACTICE

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (2022- Current)

TIANAKBLAIR@GMAIL.COM • 214.356.4421

Southern Methodist University, Professor of Practice, 2022- Current

SoulWork for Movement ( MFA & BFA Acting & Movement)

 

Southern Methodist University, Adjunct Professor, 2019-2021

SoulWork for Movement (1st Year MFA & Sophomore BFA)

 

Northwestern University Two Day Workshop January 2020

SoulWork for Movement (1st Year MFA Acting & Directing)

  •  By focusing on the key principles of Emotional Availability, Unending Climax, and Soul through song and movement.

 

Progress Theatre Touring Ensemble, Co-Teaching Artist, 2013- Current

Acting with Soul: Intro to SoulWork Method for Actors and Performers

  •  By focusing on the key principles of Emotional Availability, Unending Climax, and Soul through song, movement, and performance texts, this beginner’s workshop focuses on enhancing the emotional reach of the performance artist.

 

Booker T. Washington HSPVA Teaching Artist in Residence, AY 2018-2019

Advanced Acting, (Senior Acting Track) Fall 2018, Spring 2019

  • Introduction to and awareness of the apparatus of voice and body, basic movement and incorporation into storytelling and characterization.

 

Dallas Theatre Center Public Works Teaching Artist 2018-2019

Introduction to Theatre for Seniors

  •   Introduction to the fundamentals of storytelling, awareness and connection to breath, voice, and body in order to aid in the exploration of one’s vessel and strengths as a performer.

 

Big Thought Teaching Artist Workshops – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Introduction to Movement

  •   A movement workshop designed for youth possibly from marginalized communities to access creativity, physical intelligence, and emotional openness, by creating a safe, equitable learning space and imaginative movement exercises.

Creative Solutions Teaching Artist/Choreographer, Summer 2015-2019

Introduction to Movement

  •   Facilitated movement classes  designed for youth possibly from marginalized communities to access creativity, physical intelligence, and emotional openness, by creating a safe, equitable learning space and imaginative movement exercises.

  • Choreographed the program’s devised show.

 

Southern Methodist University, Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2014- 2016

The Art of Acting (Non major, Fundamentals of Acting) Fall & Spring

  •  Introduction to acting and creative impulse techniques for non-majors.

 

Auxiliary Camp Instructor/Choreographer – Townview Magnet Center, 2009 -2014

  • Trained incoming majorettes and veterans and choreographed field shows.

 

Artistic Director/Choreographer -Willow Grove Liturgical Dance Troupe, 2010 -2014

  •  Trained incoming members and choreographed performances for all tiers of the organization. 

In The Heights                               Ensemble                                        Dallas Theater Center

Penny Candy                                 Nicole                                              Dallas Theater Center

Twelfth Night                                 Maria                                               Dallas Theater Center

Steel Magnolias                            Shelby                                              Dallas Theater Center

The Great Society                         Coretta Scott King                         Alley Theatre

Hair                                                 Sheila                                              Dallas Theater Center

Hood                                              Lady Jane                                       Dallas Theater Center

Electra                                            Chrysothemis                                 Dallas Theater Center

Yemaya’s Belly                               Yemaya/Maya                                 Cara Mía Theatre

A Christmas Carol                         Mrs. Crachit                                    Dallas Theater Center

Dreamgirls                                     Female Ensemble                          Dallas Theater Center

The Mountaintop                          Camae                                            Dallas Theater Center

The Book Club Play                      Lily                                                   Dallas Theater Center

The Burnin’                                    MayBee/Boo                                  Progress Theatre National Tour

Look Homeward, Angel               Eliza Gant                                       Southern Methodist University 

Jelly’s Last Jam                             Anita                                                Prairie View A&M University 

To Be Young Gifted & Black        Lorraine Hansberry                        Prairie View A&M University

Once on This Island                     Andrea/Madame Armand             Prairie View A&M University

 

Twelfth Night The Musical                                      Southern Methodist University

Trouble In Mind                                                       Dallas Theater Center

Rage                                                                         AT&T Elevator Project

Hurt Village                                                              Southern Methodist University

Libra Season                                                            Second Thought Theater

Working: An American Musical                              Dallas Theater Center

Mlima’s Tale                                                              Second Thought Theater

Dutchman                                                                 Metamorphosis Theatre Company

Spell # 7                                                                    Prairie View A&M University

 

 

Northwestern University Performance Studies Summer Institute Committee 2022 & 2023

Alternate Roots Artistic Assistance Project Development Grant Fall 2021

Southern Methodist University 2019 Hiring Committee

Southern Methodist University 2014 Hiring Committee

Dallas Theater Center Artist in Residence 2016 - 

Progress Theatre Ensemble Member 2013 - 

Metamorphosis Theater Company Board Member 2017

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce: Ignite The Lights Committee, 2018

M.F.A in Acting                           May 2016   

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

B.A. Theatre Arts                        May 2013

Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX

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