Maureen West

Head of Arts Department Joined George School in 2001
“I enjoy teaching at George School because it gives teachers a lot of autonomy in how they approach their subject matter, and it has been and continues to be so supportive of the arts. It recognizes the importance of art in an individual’s life.”

What do you enjoy about teaching theater arts to teenagers?

Before I came to George School, I had only taught in private acting studios and at the college level, and I was not sure how to teach to younger people. But I soon discovered that George School students have an openness, a truthfulness, and a real passion for the subject that make it exciting to teach them. They allow themselves to be so accessible to the craft of acting.

Though I incorporate other techniques, the foundation of my teaching is the Meisner Technique, which is based on actors first learning who they are and developing an accurate self-image. I didn’t think it would work with high school students, but I found out that it works very well because they’re going through the self-discovery process anyway.

I learn as much from my students as I think they learn from me.

More about Maureen:

Maureen earned a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MTA (Master of Theater Arts) from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Formerly a professional actor and director, she began her career at George School directing musicals, which she continues to do, and has also taught in the English Department. She enjoys traveling and going to as much theater as she can.