Keri has taught students from K–12 to express themselves through movement, speech and writing. She specializes in creating collaborative projects across curricula. Rolling was an international initiative devised by students in the lead-up to the 2012 London Paralympic Games. She regularly works with student writers, devisers and directors to produce original theater and film.
Keri has served as adjunct faculty and guest director at the Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, James Madison University, Randolph Macon College, Longwood University and VCU. She established the theater program at the Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School. Keri also teaches postgraduate festival arts management for National Taiwan Normal University (in cooperation with Universal Arts) during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Professionally, Keri is an award-winning director based in Richmond. Her productions of August: Osage County and Clybourne Park (Cadence/Virginia Rep) were named “Best Play” by the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle. Other award-winning plays include Doubt, How I Learned To Drive, Heathen Valley, and Well. Her company, The Women’s Mercury, partners with TheatreLAB in Richmond to devise original theater centered on women’s issues.
Keri was a Disney American Teacher award honoree for creative teaching practice and a 2006 SURDNA Fellow.
Keri earned an MFA in directing and theater literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and theater, with English as a minor, from James Madison University. She also studied theater at Lancaster University in the U.K. Keri holds a Virginia teaching license (K–12) in theater arts. She has participated in intensive workshops with Michele Minnick (Rasaboxes) and renowned performance artist Ping Chong (physical theater/devising).
$250 for one-day workshops; $1000 for one-week workshops. $75 per hour for individual coaching. (with additional fees for out-of-town travel, accommodation, and pre-planning of tailor-made workshops,).
K–12 students, teachers who wish to infuse their curricula with performance technique, and adults.
Keri will personalize workshops in theater and video/audio production across curricula to enhance student learning. In theater, Keri works with actors, directors, designers and stage managers. Areas of special expertise include physical theater training systems, audition preparation, and creation of original work through devising/playwriting, and effective use of theater protocols for business professionals.