College of Arts and Humanities
Sybil M St Claire

Sybil M St Claire

Sybil St. Claire is an Associate Lecturer of Theatre at the University of Central Florida, where she co-created one of only six MFAs in the nation in Theatre for Young Audiences. She has worked as an Artistic Director for 20 plus years, serving as both the Founding Artistic Director of All Children's Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and as the Artistic Director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, Florida. She has received special Congressional recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for being a "driving force in youth theatre" and in 2017 been honored as a UCF Woman Making History. 

Sybil has taught at the college/university level for over 25 years and has also worked as an Instructor for the New York Film Academy and as an Actor Training Consultant for Walt Disney World Entertainment. She was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year at Santa Fe College by student government and her work has been honored by the University of Central Florida with awards for Outstanding Research and Creativity,  Excellence in Academic Partnerships, and Excellence in Education. In 2018, she was inducted into The Scroll and Quill Society, a prestigious organization that honors faculty members who have brought national and international recognition to UCF through their writing and publications.

As Faculty for the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program, she taught Acting and Theatre for Social Change aboard the MV Explorer. With a theme of Human Rights and Social Justice in the Mediterranean World, this floating university, with 700 students and 35 faculty, had ports of call in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. She has lived off the grid in South America working with disenfranchised populations struggling with issues such as drug wars and government abandonment, she works with the State Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Division using Playback Theatre to create a safe container for story-sharing and with UCF’s Victim Services to create theatre for social change workshops that augment and ignite Bystander Prevention Training.

With graduate degrees in both theatre and dramatic writing, Sybil is an internationally produced and published dramatist whose work has enjoyed performances in almost every state as well as in Canada, Europe, and South America. Her work includes the TYA plays Woolfie, and Incantation, the anthologies Monologues for Student Actors II and Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays. She is currently developing pieces for both stage and screen, tentatively entitled The Family Remains and Bloom. Sybil is a union director, an American Association of University Women Fellow, and the recipient of the Drew Randall Courage and Passion award for her work with the terminally ill in artistic settings. Her theatrical credits also include work on the new musical Yeast Nation (the prequel to Urinetown) at the 15th Annual International Fringe Festival in NYC, 

Sybil's work is rooted in finding the medicine in our stories, community creation/engagement, and in how we thrive. As a Theatre for Social Change practitioner,  her experience runs the gamut from theatre for the deaf and LGBTQ+ agitprop theatre (she is the co-founder of interACTionZ, one of the nation's first queer youth theatres for social change) to sharing immersive and transformative theatrical experiences with rape survivors, children in foster care, and terminally ill pediatric patients (she is one of the founding members of Arts in Medicine at Shands Hospital). Sybil is currently working with the College of Nursing to develop a series of Theatre for Social Change workshops exploring happiness. 

Though diverse, her work shares a unifying thread, that of empowering others to live their best lives.

Research Interests

Theatre for Social Change

Theatre for Young Audiences

Transformational Theatre: Raising Consciousness While Honing a Craft

Dramatic Writing

Thriving Through the Arts

Playback Theatre

Awards

  • UCF Woman Making History, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • Scroll & Quill Society, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • Excellence in Academic Partnerships, UCF Orlando FL
  • Outstanding Research and Creativity, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • American Association of University Women Fellow, Washington, DC
  • Drew Randall Courage and Passion Award, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
  • Driving Force in Youth Theatre Honoree, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11355 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online
No Description Available
11108 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10258 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80448 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
91339 THE6086C Careers in Prof Theatre Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
80296 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50015 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) C Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11487 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Available
No Description Available
11167 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
19021 TPP4244 The Art of Storytelling Face to Face Instruction (P) W 11:30 AM - 02:20 PM Available
No Description Available
10280 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
80481 THE2000H Honors Theatre Survey Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
91891 THE3930H Hon Special Topic Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available
No Description Available
80323 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Dec 6, 2018

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