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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 was honored as a UCF Woman Making History. Most recently, her work was honored by UCF with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. 

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, and Excellence in Academic Partnerships. In 2018, she was inducted into The Scroll and Quill Society for bringing national and international recognition to UCF through her 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 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. Sybil is one of the founding members of Arts in Medicine at Shands Hospital/UF), and in conjunction with UCF's Counseling and Psychological Services created Thriving Through the Arts, an immersive and collaborative art-making event for UCF Celebrates the Arts. She is the founder of Playback UCF (Playback is an interactive form of improvisational theatre in which audience share personal stories then watch them" played back" through theatre, music and metaphor). She is an affiliate of UCF's Women's and Gender Studies where she is creating a certificate series exploring the art and science of happiness. 

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

Research Interests

Theatre for Social Change

Playback Theatre

Transformational Theatre: Raising Consciousness While Honing a Craft

The Art and Science of Happiness

Dramatic Writing

Theatre for Young Audiences

Awards

  • Excellence in Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Humanities, UCF
  • 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
16855 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Not Online
No Description Available
20139 TPP4244 The Art of Storytelling Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) W 12:30 PM - 02:30 PM Not Online
No Description Available
10437 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
91808 THE3930H Hon Special Topic Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Available

In Creative Processes: Theory and Practice we explore/recover/discover and share our creativity. We engage in the study of our own personal creativity and the creativity of others through the lens of multiple disciplines. We explore the creative power that runs through us all using a combination of hands-on and immersive activities such as power masks, artist dates, book shares, and 40 Days of Making, as we encourage our artist not just to come out and play but to lead the way.

91945 THE6086C Careers in Prof Theatre Video Strmng (V) COVID DL exmp W 11:30 AM - 02:20 PM Available

This graduate level course delves into the business of preparing for and securing a job in the world of professional theatre, specifically, in the field of Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA). Course work covers a broad spectrum of topics related to job search preparation such as, the creation of CVs and teaching philosophies, website creation, and the strengthening of job interview skills. 

80646 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Available

The primary goal of Theatre UCF's Professional Internship Program is to provide BFA students with professional work experience that goes beyond what they have learned at UCF.  It is meant to be a bridge from theatre training to the world of commercial theatre. It is expected that internships will be supervised by professionals in the field, and that the experience will deepen and strengthen skills, experiences, marketability, and networks. Approval required. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50651 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) C Not Online
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
17996 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
17204 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) Available
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92004 THE5385 Dramatic Lit for Children Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Tu 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM Available
No Description Available
93074 TPP4244H Honors the Art of Storytelling Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Available
No Description Available
89429 TPP4940L Theatre Internship World Wide Web (W) 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM Available
No Description Available

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

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