Agnolia B. Gay

Agnolia B. Gay

Central Region
Little Rock, Arkansas
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My name is Agnolia B. Gay. As an “actress” who teaches, I have had a wonderful experience in the classroom. My success as a teacher and my passion for the theater has motivated me to take this unique arts integration opportunity beyond the classroom setting of typical speech or drama, and transfer it to the community. Some of the following proven projects and activities have engaged my students both in and out of the classroom in effective approaches to lifelong learning:

1. SHOWTIME IN THE CLASSROOM—This initiative empowers teachers to use drama, or “The Arts,” in any type of classroom setting … History, Science, Math and other subjects. I work with the teachers to create opportunities to invite parents, other classes and even the community to visit individual classrooms where the students showcase their work. Not only are their works displayed on the walls, but the students give oral presentations and visual demonstrations of their projects. It is a standard expectation that teachers display the work of all students. I am proposing an active showcasing of students, where the students will demonstrate what they have learned and share their learning experience with their classmates, peers, family and community.

2. ACTING UP VERSUS ACTING OUT IN THE CLASSROOM—Many times students are “acting up” in the classroom or being disruptive. In this workshop, I demonstrate methods that empower teachers to intentionally give all students, including the class clown, an opportunity to present, or act out, their ideas that connect with the classroom objective. Using dramatic arts, students take classroom assignments and projects and creatively structure what they have learned in a way that is both enlightening and entertaining.

3. DRAMA IN THE CLASSROOM IS MORE THAN JUST A PLAY—This initiative covers a wide variety of skills and talents. Drama, as a whole entails, the writer, the actor, the set designer, the artist, the musical director and the choreographer. Not to mention those who work behind the set. In every type of class; Science, Math, History, English and Foreign Language, the students role play and re-enact certain time periods. They focus on the language, music and fashion of that era and make comparisons and connections to real world life lessons; thereby making learning more fun and interesting. Teachers and students are less frustrated, and it fosters a cooperative climate in the classroom because students are not just being lectured to; but they are actively engaged in the learning process and have specific responsibilities that are important to the success of the lesson. Available to conduct teacher workshops.


Agnolia B. Gay is a parent, educator, student advocate, speech and drama coach, director, poet and writer. She is a veteran educator of 19 years’ experience in the classroom, with 15 of those years at the Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock. She relocated to Jacksonville, Florida, in the summer of 2012, and pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She taught two years in the Duval County Public Schools in the area of Drama, and has just finished teaching one year at Pine Bluff High School, where she taught Oral Communication and Drama I. She has directed plays, and worked with churches, city-wide functions, and family reunions, including directing and performing in plays at Central High School and in Lake Forest College outside of Chicago. For the past 15 years, Agnolia has facilitated workshops for both teachers and students through the A+ Network and Great Expectations Programs coordinated through the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, the Arkansas Education Association, and the Association for the Study of African Life and History organization (aka ASALH).

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: stage/open space; microphones; rehearsal time in space prior to performance