047: Theatre education programming with Burning Coal’s Director of Education, Kaley Morrison

Kaley Morrison, actor and Director of Education at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh talks about Burning Coal’s educational programming for kids and adults, what she’s learned from teaching acting, and the power of relationships in an educational context.

Also, Tamara answers the 1st ASK THE SOAPBOX question submitted by a listener.

Kaley Morrison is an actor and Director of Education at Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh. She grew up in Fayetteville, NC, got a degree in Theatre from Campbell University and now lives in Durham and does shows in and around the Triangle.

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Submit your question and get it answered on the Soapbox. Listeners are invited to submit anonymous questions to the podcast whether creative, personal, professional, or artistic. It’s like a quick version of Dear Abby, Dear Sugar, Ask Polly meets the Soapbox. Today’s featured question comes from Calendar Crazed.

Mentioned: 043: What good is a bad first draft? Playwright and arts educator Ian Finley extols the power of revision.

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Time break-down:

[0:00] Episode intro, Kaley’s bio. And the announcement of ASK THE SOAPBOX!

[1:57] What is the education programming that Burning Coal provides? Opportunities for kids and adults! What is the scope of Kaley’s position as Director of Education?

[4:25] How has Kaley’s first year been? What are her plans for her second year? Growing participation, not necessary programming

[9:50] How do you increase participation? Building relationships with teachers in the area; supplementing what they are already doing

[11:44] What are the Burning Coal offerings that supplement what teachers are doing? School tours of productions, customizable artist in residence programs on multiple topics, production assistance

[15:21] Why does Burning Coal have an Education Department and programming? How could they not — it’s part of the heart of the company. Kaley talks about her gratitude for theatre in her life and desire to give back.

[18:10] KidsWrite! Five student-written plays selected by a Burning Coal committee and performed by adult actors. Playwrights receive written feedback and a post-show talk-back in addition to the production. For grades 6-12. Check dates for 2019; this year deadline was March 1 for a May production. Kaley was blown away for the the students’ maturity and talent!

[24:23] How is Kaley balancing her own creative output with the demands of her job? Still trying to find the balance, but this has been a great opportunity to learn again through her own teaching.

[31:38] Kaley loves teaching How to Audition (and she’s good at giving constructive feedback!). Is there feedback that she often gives to students? Yes, trust your instinct when it comes to movement and stop moving your feet. 🙂

[35:36] How does Kaley define herself this moment – actor, director or educator? “My calling is to help people”

[38:06] Examples of meaningful interactions with students. Stories of teachers who care and how important that is. “What’s on the lesson plan isn’t always the most important thing in the room.”

[43:02] Thanks, Kaley.

[43:23] DEAR SOAPBOX! Tamara answers a question from a listener, Calendar Crazed. Submit your question and get it answered on the Soapbox.

[48:53] Thanks and sign-off

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master Builder, The New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

Audio Dramas

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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