やばい髭!

or Dylan Gentilcore's Introduction....

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Hi!

My name is Dylan, and I'm from here. Well, not here here. I'm from Richmond, not Earlham specifically. That would be weird. Anyway... I graduated from Union (Modoc - not City or County) High School and graduated with a degree in Theatre from Indiana State (yes, Larry Bird's alma mater) in Spring of 2015. Since then I've been doing eccentric physical theatre training in rural Massachusetts, playing video games at my parents' house, teaching theatre and special education in Indiana, and directing high school plays at Northeastern. I suddenly decided to go into teaching about three months ago!
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Progression to Teaching

I started college as a Computer Science major. I had done theatre in high school, but I was a practical nineteen year-old adult Freshman and wanted to major in something that could become a career while also being related to my passion for technology. All of this logic short-circuited after sitting in on one theatre class with the amazing Dr. Arthur Feinsod. That's what a passionate teacher did for me - he opened my eyes to the reality of what my heart wanted.

I developed my skills as a theatre artist over the next few years, choosing to dabble in acting, writing, and directing rather than concentrate on one. The further I delved into my own artistic passion, the greater my urge to facilitate others in their own pursuit for personal ideals, greater truths, and unbridled expression became.

The late Kyle Guyton, a classmate of mine, hired me to teach two workshops for his acting class at Bishop Chatard High School in January. This teaching thing felt pretty good. A month later, I was hired as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant at Northeastern High School - the result of a month long job search while living with my parents. That teaching thing felt really good. A month later I was neck-deep in applying for the MAT program at Earlham. That felt right.
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More of the Same

"In our culture, the answer is clear: reality and power reside in the external world of objects and events and in the sciences that study that world, while the inner realm of the heart is a romantic fantasy, an escape from harsh realities..." (Palmer, 2007, p. 20).

To me, theatre and teaching have more similarities than differences. They are both fields driven by passionate, courageous individuals that strive to form collectives working towards enlightenment. Whether that is enlightenment of the soul or the mind, we are taking upon ourselves a rather noble cause that is easily attacked by the objective, result-driven nature of the world in which we live. So often those of us who focus on depth and process are reduced to idealists romantics. However, I believe that without holding onto to these ideals, we lose the heart to achieve our goals in both the world of theatre and education.

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to working with you all!

Bibliography

Palmer, P. (2007). The courage to teach: Exploring the inner landscape of a teacher's life. San Fransisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.