Rebecca Ann S. Kirk, M.Ed. has worked in arts education administration and community outreach for the Tower Theatre Foundation, Boston Lyric Opera, Washington National Opera, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Rebecca uses her training in performing and visual arts, curriculum design, teaching, group facilitation, conflict mediation, and program management in the community integrating the arts.
An active arts researcher, Rebecca assisted with a national research study funded by the Ford Foundation, Voices from the Field, which examined the impact of arts-integrated curriculum on teachers. Rebecca was the youngest of four dance researchers who collaborated with eight choreographers to engage in an exploratory inquiry project as a part of The School at Jacob’s Pillow’s Choreographer’s Lab. She was also part of the research team led by the Arts Education Partnership to build ArtsEdSearch, a database summarizing exemplary arts education research to use in arts advocacy and public policy.
Rebecca is a member of the first cohort to graduate from LesleyUniversity’s Art, Community and Education masters program. Her self-designed thesis research project, entitled The Nature of Insecurity as it relates to Artistic Identity, included Not/Alone?, a duet choreographed and performed as arts-based research. She presented her graduate work at the International Conference for the Arts in Society in Berlin, Germany in 2011. Rebecca received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Whitman College and was awarded honors on her thesis: The Performing Arts and Society: Exploring the Roles and Relationships.
Rebecca has studied ballet for over 15 years, modern dance for four, and continues to enjoy all forms of dance. A lyric coloratura soprano, she has studied classical voice and performed in choirs for over ten years including the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C. and the Back Bay Chorale in Boston and the Central Oregon Mastersingers in Bend, Oregon. Rebecca recently performed in an all-local cast of Les Misérables in September 2014. She has a diverse artistic background including training in classical and jazz piano, vocal jazz, acting, musical theater, drawing, painting, and several other visual art forms.
An Oregon native, when not participating in, enjoying, teaching or learning about the arts, Rebecca finds solace in the outdoors beautiful forests and mountains, hiking, camping, Nordic skiing, or walking along the Pacific coastline collecting sea shells.
View her curriculum vitae here.