Educator Selected to Lead Performing Arts Initiative at Aveson


Aveson Global Leadership Academy (AGLA) has announced the hiring of a leading arts educator to head a new performing arts initiative for students enrolled in the charter school located in Altadena.
Jeremy Guskin, who will serve as chair for the newly formed theatre department at AGLA, brings nearly two decades of teaching experience to the position. With two MFAs in acting (from Carnegie Mellon and the Moscow Art Theatre), Guskin has been an influential theatre educator since he began teaching drama in 2003 at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).
While at LACHSA, Guskin taught a variety of courses including acting for camera, Shakespeare performance, improv, stage movement and voice overs – classes which he’s excited to bring to AGLA.
“Performers today face a constantly changing landscape, with new technology and desired skill-sets,” Guskin said. “The ability to transition from Shakespeare to improv or sketch comedy is incredibly valuable and exactly what a young performer needs to succeed in today’s world.”
Aveson Charter Schools Executive Director Ian McFeat is pleased to welcome Guskin to the AGLA team and is looking forward to the new opportunities for Aveson students.
“Jeremy brings the right amount of energy and enthusiasm to launch our performing arts program,” McFeat said. “His ideas will ignite our students to do even more with their voices onstage and in the world.”
Guskin’s commitment to arts education extends considerably beyond his work as a teacher. He is also the co-creator and star of an educational field trip entitled Shakespearience, which has both educated and entertained more than 100,000 students across Southern California since 1999. Performing for so many different students over the years has greatly influenced his approach to teaching.
“The arts are more important than ever because they engender kindness and empathy for others – both in the performer and the audience,” he explained. “You have to step into the shoes of another character and tell their story which, in turn, requires you to recognize and embrace the beautiful diversity of our world.”
Guskin’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion directly compliments Aveson’s focus on social justice and equity. The new classes in theatre, film and TV headed by Guskin “will feature a robust curriculum designed to provide students with a blend of performance theory and practicum grounded in the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion,” according to a school spokesperson.
“I am beyond excited to join the amazing learning community of teachers, students and parents at Aveson,” Guskin said, “and I cannot wait to see the students up on stage as they explore everything the arts has to offer.”
Aveson Global Leadership Academy (grades 6-12) is a public charter school located in Altadena. It is one of two schools in the Aveson Charter Schools organization, with core tenets that include personalized mastery learning, social leadership and healthy living. Aveson School of Leaders serves grades TK-5 and is also located in Altadena. Aveson has served the greater Pasadena/Altadena area since 2007 and is entering its 15th year as a public charter school.


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