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.