Artist Profile

Omaha, Nebraska

Fran Sillau

Sillau, Fran

For past decade, Fran Sillau has served as a teacher, writer, director, actor, and producer. He has an extensive background in theatre for youth, working for both Lexington Children’s Theatre and the Omaha Theater Company. Fran has served as a Teaching Artist Fellow for VSA, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He has conducted arts education professional development for teachers in Iowa, Nebraska, Kentucky, North Dakota, Tennessee, New York State, Washington State, Connecticut, and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. He also teaches workshops specifically for youth with physical and developmental disabilities. In this work, he uses theater as a tool to help every child, disabled or able, see the good and power within them.

Fran’s greatest ability is to use his theater, arts education, and special education training to empower students to reach their fullest potential. His major consideration with every residency is to ensure that participants learn as much as possible. Educational frameworks such as self-assessment, Universal Design for Learning, and Universal Backwards Design are used to maximize arts learning. Fran works with classroom teachers to ensure that the residency experience continues to have an impact long after he is gone.

Omaha, NE

Language Proficiencies
Counties Served
Preferred Groups/Populations
Schools (grades pre-K-12), college, young adult, adult, at risk, seniors, special needs, social service groups
Schools; theaters; colleges; festivals; communities
Fees, Availability and Technical Requirements
Contact Artist
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Combining Creative Theater and Art Making in Special Education and Inclusive Classrooms: Participants gain an understanding of how to create an inclusive theater/art opportunities that directly tie into the regular and/or special education curriculum. This idea will be explored using well-known literature tied to the Common Core State Standards as reference points. Accompanying art activities and adaptations that engage the students in understanding the chosen work, help students create props and support materials, and help them to present their interpretations will be discussed and demonstrated.
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
The Dramatic Journey to Independence: this adventure takes students back to the time of the country’s beginnings and explores important events of this period through drama; Fairy Tales Alive: students write and act out short scenes from a book/story that they are currently reading in the classroom; Anansi the Spider: introduction to drama through storytelling to help improve student communication skills; Are We All Different or the Same? how to use drama to help students find their true talents and abilities; Leadership through Drama: students create plays based on American leaders.