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Stella Ireland

English As A Second Language

Drama :  

Office: H-21 on N/A

Phone: (360) 416.7750

Email: Stella.Ireland@skagit.edu


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I am passionate about the process of learning and teaching and believe this happens best in a dialogue. I have a PhD in Multicultural Theatre through the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have taught a range of subjects that include philosophy, art education, art history, film studies, and world mythology, but my main fields are theatre and education. I have always been interested in the big questions of life: Why are we here? What's the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Hence - my love of philosophy. My seeking has led me around the world. One of my biggest sources of joy in life is traveling, experiencing other cultures and discovering new ways of looking at life. I also have a background in working with diverse populations, including the Swinomish and Upper Skagit Tribes of Skagit Valley, migrant workers and indigenous tribes from Oaxaca, Latino youth and Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong. I truly believe diversity is the spice of life. Theatre is another major source of passion for me and in 1997 I was the founder of North West Children’s Theatre, which later became META Performing Arts. I have taught Theatre, directed and produced plays, and am the author of 13 plays. I believe theatre is an excellent vehicle for exploring social issues, as well as personal development and discovery of self. In 2008, I ventured overseas with my husband and we taught in Bangladesh for 3 years and Hong Kong for 4 years. I am grateful that my life’s work is rooted in the theatre, a field where I am constantly learning….and in wonder.

 

Ph.D in Multicultural Theatre

Sowing the Seeds for Democracy: 

Artistic Inquiry Using Compilation Scripting, 

Oral History and Creative Process Based Research in the creation of an Original Performance, which explores Immigration Issues:

Birds are allowed to migrate, why not us?

Masters in Education

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA (Seattle Campus) 2001 Emphasis in Creative Arts Curriculum 

 

Directing Experience

Professional Experience Directing

Arabian Nights, Hong Kong Academy, Nov 21-22, 2014
Wind of a Thousand Tales, Hong Kong Academy, Dec 6-7, 2013
Rumors, American International School-Dhaka, Dec. 8-10. 2010
Riceboy, American International School-Dhaka, Dec. 10-12. 2009
The Cup of Jamshid, American International School-Dhaka, Feb. 2009
Around the World in 80 Days, American international School-Dhaka Dec. 2008
Fame –the Musical, Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA Feb. 25-March 12, 2005
The King and I, Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 2003
Fiddler on the Roof, Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 2002
Treasure Island Home Link, Oak Harbor, WA 2001
The Emperor’s New Clothes, Maple Hall, La Conner & Brodniak Hall, Anacortes WA 2001
Happily Never After Maple Hall, La Conner & Brodniak Hall, Anacortes WA 2001
The Snow Queen Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 2000
Wind of a Thousand Tales Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 2000
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 1999
Still Life With Iris Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, & Brodniak Hall, Anacortes WA 1999 Alice in Wonderland Lincoln Theatre, Mount Vernon, WA 1998

The Pirates of Deception Pass Maple Hall, La Conner WA 1998 

 

Awards

Soroptimist International “Making a Difference for Women Award” Mount Vernon, WA, U.S.A. 2005 

Grants Awarded for Multicultural Theatre Projects

Washington State Arts Commission 2000-2006 

Wallace Foundation 2003-2005

Charlotte Martin Foundation 2001, 2004, 2005

Horizon Foundation 1998,1999

Glide Foundation 2002 

 

Spring Class Schedule