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Release Date: 5/15/2018 Contact: Office of Communications, 443.809.5908

Patapsco High teacher honored with Inspirational Theatre Educator Award

Patapsco High teacher honored with Inspirational Theatre Educator Award
TOWSON, MD. - Kelly Carlson, a theatre teacher at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts and director of its Troupe 2891, was one of three educators to receive an Inspirational Theatre Teacher Award from the International Thespian Society.

She was nominated for the award by Grade 12 student, Sarah Jones. To describe Carlson, Jones wrote, "She has so much confidence and faith in her students, and her interactions with us in our times of need are what truly classify her as an empathetic, prepared, charismatic theatre teacher."

Jones said that the positive environment Carlson creates allows students to feel comfortable enough to experiment, make bold choices, and learn from mistakes.

Carlson, a Chase/Middle River resident, has been teaching theatre for 13 years, 10 of them at Patapsco. Carlson's path toward teaching theatre began when she enrolled in the Baltimore School of the Arts to study dance. She discovered her love of acting in Grade 9 when a friend needed someone to fill in for the ballerina role in a production of Fame. At American University, Carlson double-majored in theatre and education. She earned a master's degree in directing in 2014 from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Carlson serves on the boards of Maryland Thespians and the Maryland Theatre Education Association.

As the director of Troupe 2891, Patapsco's International Thespian Society troupe, Carlson oversaw a production of The Wedding Singer earlier this school year. She and her husband (Kevin Carlson, a technology education teacher at Patapsco) are co-directing EASTLAND, a musical with performances scheduled Thursday, May 24, through Sunday, May 27.

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