DawnMarie Moe, Artistic Director
DawnMarie Moe has a purpose -- to bring inclusive theatre, based in Shakespeare, to public and home-schooled students. She is especially excited to work within small, rural communities of Central Nebraska. Customized classes focus on theatre basics (voice, movement, character, relationship), integration of theatre into special education programs, and exploration of Shakespeare's plays culminating in performance. Performance-driven classes include study of language and history. As a Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist, her residency activities fit neatly within Nebraska's Fine Arts Standards.
She has worked professionally for over 35 years performing on television and on stage across the US. She studied with Lee Strasberg, David Gideon, and Susan Cohen in New York City, has been directing since 2008, and coaching young actors since 1996. Favorite roles include Juliana/The Other Place, Beth Loffreda/Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, Eleanor/Lion in Winter, Juliet/R&J, and Gertrude/Hamlet.
DawnMarie has privately coached for high school and college auditions, and taught acting, improv, and voice. Her experience includes several years working in the public school system coaching speech and one-act students, judging speech tournaments, and substitute teaching. Personable and engaging, she is a sensitive, effective, and supportive instructor. She delights in seeing her students make swift progress in their craft.
"DawnMarie is the perfect person to bring this type of community engaging, art-rich program to Nebraska. Aurorans are lucky to have her."
- Patsy Koch Johns, President Nebraskans for the Arts,
2015 Governor's Arts in Education Award, Nebraska Teacher of the Year, 2006.
She is delighted to give back to her community by sharing her passion. Shakespeare on the Square started in June of 2015. Entering her 3rd season as artistic director and class teaching artist, it is the culmination of a career dedicated to preserving and performing the living stories that define us.
"For me, theater has always been a family, a community working toward a common goal. To be able to return to my roots in Central Nebraska, my lifetime friends, my family, a new generation of students interested in performingarts, to share what I have learned through both education and experience is the capstone to my career."
- DawnMarie Moe, Artistic Director
Shakespeare on the Square