I was born and raised in NYC (Upper West Side, baby!) and moved out to Utah to pursue a degree in Acting at Brigham Young University. While at school, I realized that while I love performing and acting, I feel the most fulfilled while teaching. In fact, one of the most rewarding performance experiences of my life was performing in a touring production of Babe, The Sheep Pig as a freshman in college. In addition to performing at elementary school assemblies, we led workshops for 3rd grade classes. I loved meeting the kids, discussing the themes they had observed, and leading them in a few relevant theatre games. So before I graduated from the BFA Acting program in 2016, I began teaching at the SCERA Center for the Arts for their SCERA Youth Theatre program. I have been teaching classes and directing youth theatre shows there ever since. This past year was my first time teaching at Lincoln Academy and every day I want to pinch myself because it is my dream job! I am so lucky to be able to work with such awesome faculty, staff, students, and parents.
While at BYU I worked on as many shows and films as I could. More importantly though, through my training I learned how to be a better human: how to empathize, be vulnerable, and really truly listen with all the 5 senses AND the heart. It was those lessons that made me realize that acting training is not just about winning awards or even just about having an income: there are SO many life lessons and skills that come along for the ride. Skills like learning how to act confident and poised even if you’re quaking in your boots. Learning how to relax your walls to truly connect with others, how to listen, and how to be alive in the present moment. Skills that help anyone and everyone do anything and everything that a human does, regardless of whether they step on a stage or not.
I hope my students will leave my classrooms having learned important life lessons like I did. In Drama we learn how to trust ourselves and have confidence. In Stage Craft we learn how to research and problem solve in out of the box ways. In Television Broadcasting we learn how to lead as well as work on a team to collaborate and create projects from the ground up. My students will also leave with a working knowledge of terms, best practices, and expectations in the respective fields I cover. It is my hope that the industry specific skills they learn will at the very least lead to an appreciation for the work that goes into the entertainment we consume – and at the very most be a launching point to a career that will bring them joy for the rest of their lives.
Other fun stuff about Mrs. Poulsen: My husband and I have over 100 babies… Plant babies, that is! We love gardening, visiting historic sites, eating and making good food, and exploring the great outdoors.