ELKE VAN DYKE, DIRECTOR OF TRAINING/COMPANY MEMBER

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Elke Van Dyke is a New York based teacher, director, actor, aerialist-in-training and producer of theatre and Shakespeare. She is the Co-Founding Director of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory NYC at the Actors Movement Studio and Co-Founding Artistic Director of Gotham Shakespeare Co. She trained as a teacher and actor at Shakespeare & Company with Founders Tina Packer and Dennis Krausnick and is a graduate of Brooklyn College 's MFA Performing Arts Management and The New School University's BA Theatre programs. She is currently a producer and actor for the East London Fringe in the UK, where she is collaborating with Shakespeare & Company founders to bring their actor training and educational programs to London in conjunction with an interactive production of Henry IV, Part 1. In addition to coaching professional and young professional actors in workshops and private sessions, she has also headed three high school theatre programs (nationally and internationally, including Mexico). Elke also served as the Theatre Education Special Projects Manager at the New York City Department of Education where she co-authored American Voices (a theatre curriculum for high school teachers) and collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company's Education Department to bring Shakespeare into NYC classrooms for the RSC's summer residency at Lincoln Center. Elke continues to teacher facilitate in the NYCDOE’s Professional Development workshops where she trains teachers in theatre pedagogy and physical theatre techniques. Directing credits include: Servant of Two Masters (University of West Florida), The Tempest (Shakespeare & Company, Fall Festival) and Everywhere I Look (International Applied Theatre Conference, London, UK).  Stage credits include: Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream(Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre), Alva Vanderbilt in the Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch (Actors Movement Studio, NYC), Tamora in Titus Andronicus (Gotham Shakespeare Co. NYC), and Emma in Fefu and Her Friends (20% Theatre Company, NYC). Elke has also been an avid improv performer with London’s Hoopla group. Elke performed her first professional aerial silks performance in Oct 2017 and continues to train in aerial silks for YWTC's The Dream Project.