|Gary Carkin, Ph.D.
Gary Carkin is an actor, theater director, and Professor of TESOL. He has worked with language,
culture, and drama for over forty years, having majored in Speech and Drama at the University of New Hampshire, acting
and directing at Carnegie Mellon University, and at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England.
Subsequent to training with the BOVTS, he taught acting and directed theater at East End London's, Hoxton Hall. In 1966,
he joined International Voluntary Services and taught English and drama to Vietnamese high school students in Quang
Tri, Danang, and Hoi An, South Vietnam. Upon completion of his service, he toured for two years with Harvey Grossman's
mime-based theater, the Players' Theater of New England, performing featured roles in The Devil and Daniel Webster,
A Christmas Carol, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. From 1970-1974, he worked again in Southeast Asia as a visiting
professor at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand where he taught acting and directing and produced major American plays
in Thai translation including Thai premieres of Death of a Salesman, Streetcar Named Desire and Ah, Wilderness.
Returning to the United States, he performed with major regional theaters across the country including the Garrett County
Playhouse in Maryland, the Classic's Theater Company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Michigan State's Performing Arts Company.
He holds an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Asian and Western Theater from Michigan
State University. He has written and published on the Thai popular theater form, Likay, which he researched through
an award from the Fulbright Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Program. Dr. Carkin's recent work focuses on the relationship between
the teaching of drama, language, and culture. His culture studies book, How to Succeed in the USA, was recently published
in Taiwan ( in English and Mandarin) by Discovery Publishers and in Thailand (in English with Thai translation) by Se-Education
Publishers. He continues to act professionally and currently teaches in the Intensive English Program as well as Methods of
Second Language Acquisition and Pronunciation Techniques in the graduate TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) program
at the Institute for Language Education, Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. His plays, as featured
here, have been used in hundreds of classrooms around the world, and he is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and
international TESOL conferences on his specialty: teaching English through drama. He is head moderator of the international
online drama in language teaching forum, TESOL-Drama, and leads the annual six-week Electronic Village Online TESOL-Drama
forum, EVO-Drama. His latest publication is the monograph, Teaching English through Drama: The State of the Art, also available
through Carlisle Publications.
Catherine-Ann Day has over thirty years of English teaching experience. This includes six years of high
school English and Latin at Memorial High School, Manchester, NH, where she was also Director of Dramatics, selecting, casting,
directing, and staging productions and pageants. For over ten years, she worked mornings/evenings in The Manchester Adult
Learning Center, teaching Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESL classes and for one year, coordinated the Hillsborough County
Adult (Literacy) Tutorial Program. As an Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department at NH Vocational Technical College,
Manchester, NH, she taught English to LPN candidates. For sixteen years, she was an ESL instructor in the American Language
and Culture Center (now, the Institute for Language Education) at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, teaching
international students of various levels of English proficiency and producing materials for all levels of ESL classes in the
intensive English program. She has a BA in English from Mount St. Mary's College (1964), and an MA in English from Middlebury
College (1969). At Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College VT, she focused on courses in literature and drama and
acted in several productions. She has a CAGS in Teaching of English as a Second Language from Boston University (1985). Retired
from New Hampshire College as an Associate Professor of English, she continues to create ESL curriculum materials for publication.
Work for Ten Plays for the ESL/EFL Classroom grew out of the combined expertise of Catherine-Ann Day,
who devised the comprehension and vocabulary questions, the crossword puzzles and the follow up activities, Denis Hall, who
created the Cultural Notes for Discussion: Before and After the Readings, and Gary Carkin, who wrote the plays.
The river's bend is where we blend our skills with your classroom drama needs.