Khaleshia Thorpe-Price Acting, Playwriting and Shakespeare


Khaleshia Thorpe-Price
Gaithersburg, MD 20886


Khaleshia Thorpe-Price is the Owner and Master Teaching Artist of Dramatic-Play. She has worked in the field of arts education for over 20 years. She is a versatile creator and educator. She aims to dazzle participants with the love of play and creative exploration.

Khaleshia is the Maryland Director for the Maryland Director for Teaching Artists of the Mid-Atlantic (TAMA), a network that advocates for, empowers, and supports Teaching Artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Educational Background/Training

BA Theater: Morgan State University, MA Arts Administration: University of Central Florida


Workshops/Residencies $300-$500 per day depending on the number of activities and length of residency. Travel and lodging fees are additional.


K -12


Evenings, Weekends, and Summer, others times upon request

Educational Programs

Tiny Playwrights (K-3)
Participants will actively explore the elements of drama while using 21st Century Skills and build ensemble and community in the classroom. They will collaborate creatively and use critical thinking and problem solving skills while learning performance strategies that align with classroom content. They will use props and graphic organizers to collaboratively create an original story with a beginning, middle, and end. Students will then add dialogue to transform their story into a play. Participants will use story elements: character, setting, conflict resolution and playwriting elements of dialogue, antagonist, and protagonist.

Architects of Writing and Performance: Playbuilding for the Classroom (5th-12th) Workshop participants will explore and engage in a variety of writing styles and theatrical skills while building ensemble and creating a collaborative performance piece. The residency series will be based on a theme that is set by the ensemble and approved by the classroom teacher. The teaching artist will guide the students through writing and dramatic experiences that are centered on the theme for the purposes of creating performance material.

Exploring Narrative Writing through Monologue (grades 3-8)
Participants will explore and experience multiple theater-based strategies that will differentiate the pre-writing activities and the overall narrative writing process as we create, refine, and perform original monologues.

Participants will learn:

  • Techniques for analyzing characters’
  • Objectives
  • Intentions
  • Emotions
  • Traits
  • A process for character creation and development.
  • A process for putting students in-role as characters.
  • Theatrical techniques for exploring character traits.
  • Feedback and Response Method for Creating Works in Progress
  • Ensemble building
Finding Your Voice: Acting and Public Speaking (Grades 5-8)
Participants will be taught how to use their actor's toolbox and oratory skills to learn and perform monologues and excerpts from historical speeches and quotes. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to speak comfortable and confidently on and off of the stage.

Participants will learn
  • Slating
  • Actor's Tool Box
  • Character Development
  • Stage Presence
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Monologue or Speech