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Rebecca Kirk

Boston Lyric Opera
Manager of Education Programs
Boston, MA
Rebecca Ann S. Kirk, M.Ed. has worked in the overlapping fields of creative youth development, arts education, and community engagement for nearly fifteen years. She has managed youth programs and school partnerships for Boston Lyric Opera for three seasons and has previously worked as an arts administrator for organizations including Caldera Arts, the Tower Theatre Foundation, Washington National Opera, and Jacob's Pillow.
Rebecca has ten years of experience as a teaching artist. She uses her training in performing and visual arts, curriculum design, teaching, group facilitation, conflict mediation, and program management in to create community-based arts programming for youth and adults. Areas of focus have included mentoring mid-career teaching artists to provide curricular support and improve communication with school administration, and designing and teaching arts-integrated professional development workshops for classroom teachers and teaching artists.
As an arts researcher, Rebecca assisted with a national research study funded by the Ford Foundation, Voices from the Field, which examined the impact of arts-integrated curriculum on teachers. She was one of four dance researchers in an exploratory inquiry project during The School at Jacob's Pillow's Choreographer's Lab. Rebecca was also part of the small research team led by the Arts Education Partnership to build ArtsEdSearch, an online database summarizing exemplary arts education research from the last 40 years for use in advocacy and public policy.
Rebecca has studied dance for over half her lifetime and continues to enjoy all forms of dance. She has also studied classical voice and performed in choirs for nearly twenty years including Boston Cecilia and the Back Bay Chorale in Boston, the Cathedral Choral Society in Washington, D.C., and the Central Oregon Mastersingers in Bend, Oregon. Rebecca also recently performed with an all-local cast of Les Misérables in Central Oregon. She has a diverse artistic background including training in classical and jazz piano, vocal jazz, acting, musical theater, drawing, painting, and several other visual art forms. She designed the artwork for Caracolores, LLC and is published in Working with Differences in Communities by Ann C. Schauber, Ph.D.
Rebecca earned her master of education from Lesley University in Art, Community and Education. Her thesis research project, entitled The Nature of Insecurity as it relates to Artistic Identity, included Not/Alone?, a duet choreographed and performed as arts-based research. She presented her graduate work at the International Conference for the Arts in Society in Berlin, Germany in 2011. Rebecca earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology at Whitman College completing an honors thesis entitled: The Performing Arts and Society: Exploring the Roles and Relationships. An Oregon native, she currently makes her home in Boston, Massachusetts.