Sybil St Claire

Sybil St Claire

Sybil St. Claire is a Senior Lecturer of Theatre at the University of Central Florida.

Her areas of focus includes theatre for social change, happiness/well-being, and socially engaged art.

Her work is rooted in finding the medicine in our stories.

 

Sybil has taught at the college/university level for almost 30 years and is the co-creator of UCF's MFA in Theatre for Young Audiences (one of only six in the nation). She has also worked as an Instructor for the New York Film Academy and as an Actor Training Consultant for Walt Disney World Entertainment. Her work has been honored by the University of Central Florida with awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Outstanding Research and Creativity, and Excellence in Academic Partnerships. She has been recognized by Faculty Excellence as a UCF Woman Making History and was voted Outstanding Professor of the Year at Santa Fe College by student government. 

She is the founder of Playback UCF (an interactive form of improvisational theatre in which audiences share their personal stories and experience them "played back" through theatre, music and metaphor). In conjunction with UCF's Counseling and Psychological Services she created Thriving Through the Arts, an immersive and collaborative art-making event for UCF Celebrates the Arts. Most recently, she was awarded the Pabst-Steinmetz Arts and Wellness Innovation grant award for Advocating for Aphasia: Using the Performing Arts to Create a Conscious Community. She is an affiliate of UCF's Women's and Gender Studies and her courses at the Burnett Honors College include Creative Processes: Theory and Practice, Thrive: The How of Happiness, The Art of Storytelling, and Theatre for Social Change.  

She has worked as an Artistic Director for 20 plus years, serving as both the Founding Artistic Director of All Children's Theatre in Gainesville, Florida, and as the Artistic Director of the Orlando Repertory Theatre in Orlando, Florida. She has received special Congressional recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for being a "driving force in youth theatre." Over the years, her work has run the gamut from theatre for the deaf and LGBTQ+ (she is the co-founder of interACTionZ, one of the nation's first queer youth theatres for social change) to sharing immersive and transformative theatrical experiences with rape survivors, children in foster care, and terminally ill pediatric patients. She was one of the originating members of the internationally acclaimed Arts in Medicine program at UF/Shands Hospital. 

As Faculty for the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program, Sybil taught Acting and Theatre for Social Change aboard the MV Explorer. With a theme of Human Rights and Social Justice in the Mediterranean World, this floating university, with 700 students and 35 faculty, had ports of call in Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, and Morocco. She has lived off the grid in South America working with disenfranchised populations struggling with drug wars and government abandonment, she has worked with the State Attorney's Office Sex Crimes Division using Playback Theatre to create a safe container for story-sharing and with UCF’s Victim Services to create theatre for social change workshops that augment and ignite Bystander Prevention Training. 

With graduate degrees in both theatre and dramatic writing, Sybil is an internationally produced and published dramatist whose work has enjoyed performances in almost every state as well as in Canada, Europe, and South America. Her work includes the TYA plays Woolfie and Incantation, the anthologies Monologues for Student Actors II and Scenes and Monologues of Spiritual Experience from the Best Contemporary Plays. She is currently developing pieces for both stage and screen, tentatively entitled The Family Remains and Bloom. Sybil is a union director, an American Association of University Women Fellow, and the recipient of the Drew Randall Courage and Passion award for her work with the terminally ill in artistic settings. Her credits also include work on Yeast Nation (the prequel to Urinetown) at the 15th Annual International Fringe Festival in NYC. She was inducted into The Scroll and Quill Society for bringing national and international recognition to UCF through her writing and publications. She is a member of The Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers, Playback North America, The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, and TYA/USA.

Though diverse, her work shares a unifying thread, that of empowering others to live their best lives.

Research Interests

Theatre for Social Change/Applied Theatre

Socially Engaged Art

Happiness

Playback Theatre

Raising Consciousness While Honing a Craft (mindfulness in higher education)

Arts and Wellness

Storytelling

Dramatic Writing

Theatre for Young Audiences

Recent Research Activities

Creativity
Arts and Wellness
Theatre for Social Change/Applied Theatre

Awards

  • Pabst-Steinmetz Arts and Wellness Innovation Grant award (Advocating for Aphasia)
  • Excellence in Undergraduate Education, College of Arts and Humanities, UCF
  • UCF Woman Making History, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • Scroll & Quill Society, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • Excellence in Academic Partnerships, UCF Orlando FL
  • Outstanding Research and Creativity, UCF, Orlando, FL
  • American Association of University Women Fellow, Washington, DC
  • Drew Randall Courage and Passion Award, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
  • Driving Force in Youth Theatre Honoree, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11218 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
20156 THE4830H Hon Thrive: How of Happiness Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
10206 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
93303 THE4822H Hon Creative Processes Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
93302 THE4830H Hon Thrive: How of Happiness Face to Face (P) Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
80254 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50706 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) C Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19503 THE3930H Hon Special Topic Video Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
No Description Available
11298 THE4543H Hon Theatre for Social Change Video Tu,Th 03:00 PM - 04:15 PM Available
No Description Available
10208 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) Unavailable
No Description Available
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92160 THE3930H Hon Special Topic Video Tu,Th 12:00 PM - 01:15 PM Available
Thrive: The How of Happiness takes empirical scientific research and synthesizes it through an arts-based lens to create an experiential exploration of happiness/well-being. 
81660 THE5385 Dramatic Lit for Children Video Tu 01:30 PM - 02:50 PM Available
This course provides a study of the growth and development of dramatic literature for young audiences, primarily in the USA, and explores the literary canon.
80267 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) Available
The primary goal of the internship program is to provide students with professional work experience that goes beyond their education at UCF. 
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50009 TPP4940L Theatre Internship Web-Based (W) C Unavailable
No Description Available

Updated: May 19, 2022