Fran Sillau


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General Artist Information

Name: Fran Sillau
Artist Discipline: Theatre
Grade Level Preference: pre-k through 12th grade
Address: Omaha, NE
Geographic Availability: He will travel anywhere in the state of ND
Fee per-day: Typical fee $200 -$240 per day. Negotiable
Phone Number: (402) 660-6892
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Over the past decade, Fran Sillau has served as a teacher, writer, director, actor, and producer. With an extensive background in theatre for youth, Sillau has worked for the Lexington Children’s Theatre and Omaha Theater Company, is the recipient of the Access Grant from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and has served as a Teaching Artist Fellow for VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Currently, Sillau conducts arts education professional development for teachers. To date, he has conducted workshops in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York State, Washington State, Connecticut, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.

Teaching Philosophy

Fran uses theater as a tool to help every child, disabled or not, to see the good and power within themselves. Fran believes that theater can be used to empower students to try new things and explore curricular subjects.

Sample Residency Information

The Dramatic Journey to Independence- Fran Sillau will take students back to the time of the country’s beginnings and explores important events of this period through drama.

Fairy Tales (or stories)Alive!-Writing, directing, and producing will all be part of this residency, students will write and act out short scenes from a book/story that they are reading in the classroom.

Theater in the Special Education classroom-Fran specializes in working with students with special needs. He has several ready-made plays perfect for special needs students to work with in a self-contained classroom or in a setting along with regular education peers.

Each residency will include a lesson plan for teachers to review prior to the beginning of the residency.