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(Virtual) Spring Professional Development 2021!

Our Virtual Spring Professional Development for teachers and educators will take place on Wednesday, March 31st from 10am – 2pm. We will have three different workshops for you to choose from, as well as a Q&A with Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad. Please see below for descriptions of our workshops.


Feel free to email with any questions.


Aubrey Saverino has long straight brown hair and a navy blue tanktop. She stands against a plain white backdrop.Aubrey Saverino is a professional actor, teaching artist, and director with an MFA from The Old Globe/USD and a BA from Occidental College. She has been working with A Noise Within since moving back to Los Angeles in 2018, after living and working professionally in New York City for several years. As an actor, Aubrey has performed on screen and in professional Off-Broadway and regional theater productions including King Lear, Twelfth Night (The Old Globe); Henry IV Parts I & II, Twelfth Night (Independent Shakespeare Company); The Great Gatsby, Love’s Labour’s Lost (Orlando Shakespeare Theater); Pride & Prejudice (Capital Repertory Theatre); In The Next Room, In the Wake (San Diego Repertory Theatre).

She has taught theater for over ten years at institutions around the country, including the Pasadena Playhouse, The Old Globe and Epic Theatre Ensemble, and she is currently a Theater Instructor at Moorpark College.

Things that Matter: Voices, Spaces, and Stories

Nikysha Gilliam is a smiling African American woman with light colored hair styled in a bun. She wears pearl earrings and large pearl necklace and a white collared shirt as she stands against a blurred nature background.Nikysha Gilliam earned a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and later an M.A. in Educational Administration from California State University, in Northridge, California. An educator in LAUSD for over 20 years, Gilliam enjoys helping her students find and recognize the power of their own voices. She is a Fulbright Fellow (2018-2019), LAUSD and LA County Teacher of the Year (2019), California State Teacher of the Year Finalist (2020), and a doctoral student at Loyola Marymount University in Educational Leadership for Social Justice where her dissertation research focuses on Senegalese parent, family, and community engagement in education. Ms. Gilliam is married, is the mother of two “grown-ish” children, and makes her home in Los Angeles, CA.

Technical Theatre

Andrew Villaverde has short brown hair and a black V-neck sweater. He stands in front of a dark wood background.Andrew Villaverde is an award-winning, critically acclaimed theater professional based in Los Angeles. He currently teaches light and sound design with the performing arts department at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA where he is responsible for light and sound design for theater, music, and dance after 10 years at Harvard – Westlake School. Andrew is proud to have collaborated with theaters throughout the country including the Glendale Centre Theatre LA, A Noise Within LA, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Santa Fe Opera, and Theatrical Education Group. He has consulted for other Los Angeles area schools like La Cañada High School, St. Francis High School, Polytechnic School, and Campbell Hall School. Villaverde has won awards for design from LA Weekly for his work on Boston Court Theater’s Romeo and Juliet and StageSceneLA Awards for The Chairs, Comedy of Errors, Great Expectations, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale at A Noise Within and To Kill a Mockingbird at Glendale Center Theater. Andrew loves spending time at home with his wife and children in Pasadena.

Ask the Expert with Dr. Miranda Johnson-Haddad

Miranda is a smiling woman with light brown hair in a white cardigan.

ANW Consultant, Teacher, Speaker, and Writer (Program Materials and Study Guides) since 2009. ELSEWHERE: Consultant and Teacher for The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; Scholar in Residence, The Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC; Performance Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly (1996-2003). Dr. Johnson-Haddad holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Princeton and a Ph.D. in Renaissance Studies from Yale. She has taught Shakespeare and Renaissance literature at Yale University, Vassar College, Howard University, and UCLA. Dr. Johnson-Haddad is the author of several articles on Shakespeare in performance, and she has reviewed numerous productions for Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare Bulletin.