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About

Darcy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2007

I am a Chicago-based teacher in various settings. I recently completed an MA at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and I have been teaching and tutoring in Chicago and the surrounding area for ten years. I am also a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University and National Merit Scholar.

I love to get to know people, and I pride myself in being personable, adaptable to different learning styles, and an upbeat, positive person. I teach a variety of ages, levels, and subjects: My experience ranges from kindergarteners to high school English classes to adults older than myself; from tutoring in reading, writing and French to instruction in music and dance; and from large public school classes to one- or two- person private lessons. I invest a lot in my students and want to get to know each of them personally.

With each of my students, we begin with a discussion about goals and expectations on both sides. Do you want to score in a certain range on a standardized test? Refine your technique in music or dance? Learn something new just for fun? I am happy to help you work toward whatever goals you have (and really, it should always be fun).

From me, you can expect commitment, flexibility, clear communication, and positivity. I have been fingerprinted for Chicago Public Schools and District 65 (Evanston/Skokie), and have undergone other background checks for which I can provide documentation. Feel free to ask for references if you'd like!

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Experience

Associate Education Director
May 2017 - Present
Mudlark Theater

I manage educational drama programming at 20+ schools and teach drama to students in grades K-3 at a Montessori school.

Tutor
Oct 2016 - Present
Chegg Tutors

I tutor students primarily in essay writing and college applications. Lessons range from beginning an essay and structuring an argument to revising and proofreading.

Teaching Artist
Dec 2015 - Present
Lookingglass Theatre Company

I work with third through sixth grade classes to explore themes from and adapt novels they have read in their English classes into scripts and performances.

Teaching Artist
Oct 2013 - Present
Mudlark Theater

I teach after-school drama enrichment programs and summer camps in which students write their own plays and develop stories as an ensemble, while honing skills in performance, physical theatre and design.

Private Instructor (Dance/Clarinet)
Jan 2015 - Oct 2016
Private Families

I taught private lessons in clarinet and dance (ballet/jazz) to kids ages ten to thirteen. Dance lessons included technique and choreography.

Patient Life Volunteer
Mar 2014 - Oct 2016
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

I provided arts, crafts, games and company to patients ages 3-12 in the Family Life Center or at their bedsides.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

I taught after-school drama enrichment programs in which Kindergarten and first grade students wrote their own stories and performed them along with two musical numbers in a final showcase. I also developed and ran summer camps.

Dance Instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Private Dance Center

I taught ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz to students ages 2-17.

Dance Instructor/Choreographer
Jun 2014 - May 2016
Private Dance Studio

I taught ballet and advanced tap to adults and choreographed full-length pieces for quarterly showcases.

Wedding Dance Choreographer
Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
Private Students

I taught a first dance for a couple's wedding and helped them rehearse and prepare for the big day. The performance was a hit, and the couple even decided to continue taking dance lessons.

I also choreographed a dance for a couple's anniversary music video. This couple had never danced before and the video involved a large amount of dancing. The video is currently being edited.

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Teaching Apprentice
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
American Theatre Company at Kelvyn Park High School

I led two high school English classes in producing a scene from a play called "The Royale" as part of American Theatre Company's Mosaic Project.

English/Reading Tutor
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Private Family

I tutored bilingual French children ages eight and three in reading and incorporated English vocabulary into creative play.

Teaching Artist/Actor
Jun 2014 - Jan 2015
Windy City Music Theatre

I taught musical theatre classes/camps, each of which ended in a fully produced performance. I also performed in a play for all audiences last fall called "The BFG."

Dance Instructor
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Robert Crown Community Center

I taught ballet, tap and creative movement classes to children ages 2-13, some with special needs. I developed the curricula for these classes (there was no preexisting program), and I more than tripled the retention rate, leading to the addition of two classes.

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Artistic Supervisor
Jan 2014 - Mar 2014
Haven Middle School

I coordinated a school production involving 250 students in 18 musical numbers complete with singing, dancing, props, scenery, lights, and many parent volunteers.

Dance Instructor
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
Batavia Academy of Dance

I taught ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and conditioning classes and camps for children ages 2-17. I also choreographed for recitals and competitions.

Private Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2006 - Aug 2010
Self-Employed

I instructed elementary and middle school students in clarinet technique and music theory. My students were accepted into the IMEA Honor Band and Aurora Youth Symphony, and placed into Division 1 in the Batavia Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Education

Master of Arts in Applied Theatre and Drama Education
Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London
Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre)
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Northwestern University
French
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
IES Abroad, Arles, France

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Leverhulme Trust Award
Apr 2017
Leverhulme Trust at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Aurand Harris Award for Excellence in Children's Theatre
Jun 2014
Northwestern University
William and Loretta Allen Endowed Scholarship
Jun 2012
Northwestern University
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Jun 2010
State of Illinois
Page McCloud Scholarship for Theatre
Jun 2010
Batavia High School
Grand Concours Regional French Award
Jun 2010
Grand Concours Examination
National Merit Scholarship
Jun 2010
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Kane County Chronical Achievement Award
Jun 2010
Kane County Chronicle
Communication Century Scholar
Jun 2010
Northwestern University

Affiliations

Delta Epsilon Iota
Dec 2012

Delta Epsilon Iota is the bridge between outstanding students and Career Services. Since our inception, Delta Epsilon Iota’s mission has been to educate members about career development, encourage academic excellence, and promote the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life. Over the years, the Society has embraced these values and is now one of the leading academic honor societies serving higher education. Membership is comprised of outstanding scholars attending many of the finest educational institutions in the country. Organizational vision and cutting edge resources have made the Delta Epsilon Iota name synonymous with leadership and academic excellence.

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Photos & Videos

"Riptide" is a solo I choreographed and performed at Glenwood Dance Studio's spring dance festival.
Photo by Darcy C.

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"Winter Winds" is an example of my choreography and performance that focuses on rhythm tap, choreographed closely with the music.
"He'll Never Know" softshoe choreography, from the musical A Year With Frog and Toad at Northwestern University.
Sonata in G, choreographed by Anne Gugliuzza. Duet performed with Jean-Paul Walker.

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Photo by Darcy C.

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Performance to "All of Me" with choreography by Cailey McCandless. I am the dancer with the ponytail.
A performance with my college tap company, Tonik Tap. "Come Out Swingin'" with choreography adapted by Aric Barrow.
I directed the first college production for young audiences on the autism spectrum. I work with children of all abilities.
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5 Reviews

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Silvana I. Mar 5, 2016
Dance · In home

My husband and I both took lessons from Darcy and she was a great teacher with fantastic curriculum and very accommodating. Very happy with her and how our dance came out.

Minhaj Khan Mar 3, 2016
English · Online

Darcy is very professional and very easy going and willing to change course when required. She is working not only with my daughter but also keep me posted on her progress. My daughter likes her style and I have seen improvements with my daughter grades... Yes, I will certainly recommend her to anyone.

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Patty P. Jan 4, 2016
French · In studio

Great instructor. A great help.

Nasrin G. Jul 20, 2015
· In home

Darcy is great! Very enthusiastic, always on time and very professional. She cares about her lessons. Recommend!

Jen L. Mar 3, 2015
Clarinet · In home

Darcy is a warm, thoughtful, patient teacher. She has a very calm demeanor and connected immediately with my 11 year old daughter. She gave each lesson 110% and I highly recommend her.

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