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  • Raina Ames is Director of Theatre Education and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Hampshire. She holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy (Virginia Commonwealth University), MS Ed in Gifted Education (WIU), and BA in Theatre (WIU). Most recently, Professor Ames was one of three recipients of the 2017 UNH Excellence in Teaching Award. Ames also is a 2015 recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Gold Medallion, an honor given to those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre. She taught high school theatre, speech and English for 8 years; prior to starting at UNH, Ames served as Director of Education at TheatreVirginia, a LORT C theatre in Richmond. Raina is also an actor who has appeared in a variety of venues. In summer 2017 she performed in Steel Magnolias at Hackmatack Playhouse in Maine. She played Katy Maguire in the U.S. Premiere of Goodbye to the Hill at Indianapolis Theatre On The Square. She also performed in the professional Theatre IV/Barksdale production of The Laramie Project and is an actor with Power Play, a professional applied theatre company created by colleague David Kaye. Regionally, Ames is a director whose credits include A Midsummer Night's Dream for The Palace Youth Theatre with a cast aged 6 18 in Manchester. On campus directing credits include: Shrek the Musical, the 2016 Little Red Wagon touring production Luna Goes to Mars, the 2005 ArtsReach touring production of And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank, The Anna Zornio Playwriting Competition winning production of The Nastiest Drink in the World, The X Factor, a night of one acts by female playwrights of the twentieth century, and Midwives by Dana Yeaton, a performance receiving the Social Impact Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region I. One of her directing projects was The Boy Who Stood Still, an original musical co written with Charles Pelletier. Ames also directed the NH premiere of Voices of Terezin, a play that highlights the cultural activities in the Terezin Ghetto in Czechoslovakia and the World Premiere of Keep on Walkin’, a family musical about the Montgomery Bus Boycotts. In addition to acting, directing and stage managing, her first book, A High School Theatre Teacher's Survival Guide, is available through Routledge Publishing, and her chapter entitled “Prepare the Teacher, Prepare the Student: Arts-Based Pre-Service Teacher Training” can be found as part of Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change released by Intellect Publishing Fall 2016 (Gail Humphries-Mardirosian and Yvonne Pelletier Lewis, Eds). (revised 2/26/19)
  • Publications

    Teaching Activities

  • Community-Oriented Drama Prog Taught course 2019
  • Freshman Seminar Taught course 2019
  • Practicum Taught course 2019
  • Teacher Planning for Theatre Taught course 2019
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2019
  • Practicum/Promotion&Marketing Taught course 2019
  • Stage Makeup Taught course 2019
  • Costume Construction Taught course 2018
  • Costume Construction Lab Taught course 2018
  • Costume Construction Lab Taught course 2018
  • Freshman Seminar Taught course 2018
  • Practicum/Costumes Taught course 2018
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2018
  • Practicum/Promotion &Marketing Taught course 2018
  • Stage Management Taught course 2018
  • Theatre for Young Audiences Taught course 2018
  • Independent Study Taught course 2018
  • Methods of Teaching Theatre Taught course 2018
  • Practicum Taught course 2018
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2018
  • Practicum/Promotion&Marketing Taught course 2018
  • Stage Combat Taught course 2018
  • Arts Integration Taught course 2017
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2017
  • Practicum/Promotion &Marketing Taught course 2017
  • Independent Study Taught course 2017
  • Internship Taught course 2017
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2017
  • Practicum/Technical Theatre Taught course 2017
  • Community-Oriented Drama Prog Taught course 2016
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2016
  • Teacher Planning for Theatre Taught course 2016
  • Independent Study Taught course 2016
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2016
  • Practicum/Technical Theatre Taught course 2016
  • Stage Combat Taught course 2016
  • Stage Makeup Taught course 2016
  • Hon/Thtricl Themes/SocialTruth Taught course 2015
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2015
  • Theatre for Young Audiences Taught course 2015
  • Community-Oriented Drama Prog Taught course 2015
  • Internship Taught course 2015
  • Methods of Teaching Theatre Taught course 2015
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2015
  • Practicum/Technical Theatre Taught course 2015
  • Arts Integration Taught course 2014
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014
  • Theatrical Themes/Social Truth Taught course 2014
  • Independent Study Taught course 2014
  • Internship Taught course 2014
  • Practicum/Performance Taught course 2014
  • Practicum/Technical Theatre Taught course 2014
  • Stage Makeup Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Raina Ames