Theatre classes that teach us to be brave, trustworthy, and kind.


Who We Are:

We are a group of Seattle educators and theatre artists dedicated to harnessing the power of theatre to teach literacy, social, and emotional skills. Our teachers are trained educators who have years of experience working with preschool and elementary age students. We are also theatre artists with experience as actors, directors, and in theatre production, throughout Seattle and across North America. 

Our Philosophy:

Our teaching artists co-create theatre experiences with their students, providing them opportunities to develop leadership and confidence. Together we build communities that honor individuality and difference.  Children learn by acting out their world : Acting Out Literacy classes give them the stage to understand that world. 


Our Curriculum:

Our teaching artists create theatre classes that address fundamental Common Core Language Arts benchmarks while prioritizing children's active engagement, as well as social and emotional growth. In all of our classes we explore students ideas and questions, prioritizing their perspectives. 



Executive Director and Teaching Artist - Tara Kaine

Tara received her teacher training at the University of Toronto with a specialist in drama education in urban schools. Over the last 9 years, she has taught theater and directed shows with children ages 18 months to 18 years, in schools and communities from the Bahamas, to California. While teaching at a Reggio Emilia based preschool, studying with Seattle Children's Theatre's apprenticeship program, and directing plays at local elementary schools, Tara fell in love with the power of theater in Early Childhood and School Age Education. 

Tara is passionate about the opportunities that theater brings to children. She develops theater programming focused on social and emotional development and literacy skills. She prioritizes the children’s ideas, creating a community that listens to and honors each individual. Theater naturally provides a stage for children to explore their questions about themselves, relationships, and the world, through vibrant and joyful play.  The fun of theater combined with this carefully crafted educational focus helps children become comfortable with their own bodies and voices at an early age, providing them with a love of learning and the confidence to become leaders in their communities.

Managing Director and Teaching Artist - Lisa Moncur

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Lisa Moncur is thrilled to be a part of Acting Out Literacy--this is her dream-come-true! Lisa recently completed the Seattle Children's Theatre Education Internship and Teaching Apprenticeship programs. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Theatre Arts Studies with an emphasis in Children's Theatre. While there, she toured with BYU Young Company to schools throughout Utah performing shows and running creative workshops catered to young audiences. She also worked as a theatre outreach specialist with the BYU Arts Bridge program.

Lisa loves the creative possibilities that come from empowering children to utilize their amazing imaginations to explore and learn from the world around them. When she's not doing theatre, Lisa loves reading, playing tennis and pickleball, and going on adventures with her husband and baby boy.

Teaching Artists:

Amy Jurkiewicz is thrilled to be joining the AOLit team! As a California native, she has worked with children’s theatres in various cities throughout the state, as well as in Charlotte, North Carolina, as an educator and director. More recently, Amy has completed the Drama School Internship and Apprenticeship at the Seattle Children’s Theatre. She is currently working on getting her Masters degree in Theatre Education. Having experienced first-hand the positive impact that theatre educators can have on their students, she is excited to be that influence to her students here in Seattle!
Kate Drummond is thrilled to join the Acting Out Literacy team. She also teaches with Seattle Children's Theatre, after completing the Teaching Apprenticeship and the Young Actor Institute Internship. Kate has a BA in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis, where she explored acting and directing, and developed a specialized interest in Shakespearean verse. At WashU, Kate performed with K.A.R.L. Improv, who she credits with her charming sense of humor. Since moving to Seattle, she has performed with Jet City Improv and worked with Seattle Shakespeare Company's Short Shakes program. When not teaching or performing, Kate can be found in working in SCT's box office, or house managing school shows.
FaithHowes.jpg Faith Howes is a theatre educator and performer based in Seattle. A graduate of Emerson College with a BA in Theatre Education and Acting, she has performed with Missoula Children's Theatre, SecondStory Rep and STAGEright Theatre. She taught internationally at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, India as well as locally with Seattle Children's Theatre's C.A.S.T. program and Studio-East. Faith is pursuing a career in arts education and outreach, as well as Theatre for Young Audiences and is a certified Washington State Theatre Arts teacher.
Rachael LeValley loves going on dramatic adventures with her students as a pirate, a dinosaur, or whatever other awesome things she and her students think up. Rachael is a teaching artist with a BA in theatre from Western Washington University. She is super excited to have the opportunity to work with Acting Out Literacy. She believes that every child should have the opportunity to explore their imagination and feel they are a valued member within a group. Rachael also works with several other local theaters including Seattle Children's Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts and Book-It Repertory Theatre.