Performance Credits

Toastmasters International http://www.toastmasters.org/
Toastmasters International provides an opportunity to practice public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive environment.

Leadership:

Thorobred Toastmasters of Saratoga Springs

VP of Public Relations, July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2006
Club President, July 1, 2006 to June 30 2007
Club Coach, Saratoga Care; now Turf Talkers, 2008-2009, (Led a failing club from 3 members to 23), June 30, 2009
Area Governor July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties-achieved Distinguished Area, July 1, 2007
High Performance Leadership Project, November 4, 2008, Co-Founded the Capital Advanced Toastmasters, a club for Toastmasters interested in public speaking careers
Outstanding Leadership, District 53, Leadership Institute, July 2008
Competent Leader, June 20, 2006
Producer and Entertainer, Toastmasters Humorous Speech Showcase, Country Corner Café, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 31, 2007
Advanced Leader, Silver, June 30, 2009
DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster, April 28, 2010

Public Speaking – Toastmasters International

Competent Toastmaster: 10 speeches delivered within TMI guidelines, June 14, 2006
Advanced Communicator: 10 Advanced Speeches, Bronze, August 7, 2008
Advanced Communicator: 10 Advanced Speeches, Silver, June 28, 2010
Advanced Communicator: 10, Advanced Speeches, Gold, June 28, 2010
DTM, Distinguished Toastmaster (April 2010)
Triple Crown, (3 Designations w/i one year, AC Gold & Silver, DTM), June 2010

Speech Contest Awards

Winner, Humorous Speech Contest, Area F-4, 2006-2007, “Belize It or Not”
Winner, International Speech Contest (Motivational Speaking), Area F-4, 2005-2006, “Take Action”
1st Runner-Up, Humorous Speech Contest, Division F, 2006-2007, “Belize It or Not”

Professional Training:

Stand-Up Comedy

Stand-up Comedy Class (Saratoga Springs) –Katherine Mora, professional comic, 8 weeks, Instructor,  http://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/?ui=2&ik=89f8c872b6&view=att&th=13780600268f389f&attid=0.1&disp=inline&safe=1&zw&saduie=AG9B_P9NSw2FGsFr7E1c8q1grfoZ&sadet=1337977217903&sads=5PBcgAzg3LK84EnVzlDOXNRgPno&sadssc=1

Stand-up Comedy Class, Glenville, NY-Mike Irwin, professional comic, 8 weeks, April 26, 2007 Show  http://www.angelfire.com/comics/mikeirwin/albany/homepage.html
Over 25 stand-up comedy appearances in the Capital District of New York, including 7 appearances at Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs
Producer and Entertainer, Comic Syndrome Comedy Showcase, Country Corner Café, Saratoga Springs, NY, March 10, 2007
Largest audience (375), Michael’s Banquet House, Roy Orbison Tribute, June 2008, Emcee and comic

Improvisation

Improvisation Classes by Jed Mills, actor, Los Angeles http://www.jedmillschoices.com/

This was an eight week workshop designed to teach and implement improvisational techniques.
Saratoga Arts Center (Council for the Arts), fall 2007, Performer, Public Show, December 1, 2007, Dee Sarno Theatre, Saratoga Springs, NY
2nd Jed Mills class, spring 2008 (Instructor’s Assistant and Performer), Public Show, April 19, 2008, Dee Sarno Theatre, Saratoga Springs, NY

“The Improv Club,” a semi-professional improv troupe
2008  Performances
The Great Room Theatre, Gansevoort, NY; June 7
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY; August 30
The Amrose Sable Art Gallery, Albany, NY; September 13
The Funny Farm, Gloversville, NY; September 30
East Line Books, Clifton Park, NY; September 27th
2009 Performances
Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY; April 5
Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, NY; April 13
Mocha Lisa, Clifton Park, NY; May 17th

Produced Show and Performed
The Cambridge Hotel Dinner Theatre, Cambridge, NY; August 5, 2008
The Great Room Theatre, Gansevoort, NY; May 16, 2009

Producer
The Arts Center on the Hudson, Mechanicvile, NY; May 23, 2009

Library Programs and Performances

Description:
Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Improv for the School Age Child,”   http://terriegifford.net/library-programs/  This fun and activity-based program focuses on improvisational acting techniques which encourage cooperation and trust. Participants will get an opportunity to develop skills and have their “moment to shine.” 4 weeks, Feb.-Mar., show for parents and family members, Emcee, March 1, 2010

Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” http://terriegifford.net/library-programs/ , Showcase for parents and interested parties, Emcee, August 5, 2010
SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, January 26, 2011
SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, July 27, 2011
SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, January 31, 2012

SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, July 25, 2012

SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, March 27, 2013

SSPL. “Teen Improv Boot Camp,”  Showcase Emcee, July 31, 2013

SSPL, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, January 29, 2014

 

 

See Upcoming and Future Library Program Dates,   http://terriegifford.net/library-programs/upcoming-and-current-library-program-dates/

After-School Enrichment Program Performances

Saratoga Independent School, “Improv for the School-Age Child,” After School Enrichment, 6 weeks, Showcase Emcee, February 11, 2011
Description: Same as Saratoga Springs Public Library Improv for the School-Age Child”
SIS, “Improv for the School-Age Child,” After School Enrichment, 6 weeks, Showcase Emcee, June, 2011

Community-Based Programs and Performances

Stillwater Area Community Center, Stillwater, NY, “Advanced Improv”
Description: This fun and fast-paced workshop for teens (7th -12th grades) will develop skills such as “thinking on your feet” and the confidence of knowing what to say in any given situation. Feel better about speaking in front of a group or just join in for the fun of participating in “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” skits. If you are interested in acting or would like to be trained in improvisational comedy, here is your opportunity. Last class is a show open to the public.

Showcase Emcee, May 14, 2011
Stillwater Area Community Center (SACC), “Advanced Improv,” Showcase Emcee, November 19, 2011

Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, January 25th, 2012

Bethlehem Public Libary, “Introduction to Improv,” Showcase Emcee, July 16th, 2012

Saratoga Springs Public Library, “Teen Improv Boot Camp,” Showcase Emcee, July 25th, 2012

Guilderland Public Library, “Improv Basics,” Showcase Emcee, August 1st, 2012

William K. Sanford (Colonie) Public Libary, “Improv Basics,” Showcase Emcee, August 2nd, 2012

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XuCwzOI8MQ

 

 

Speaking:

Educational Session Presenter; Toastmasters International, District 53 (Eastern NY, Western Massachusetts and Connecticut) Spring Conference, “How Team Building can Enhance Your Life,” Holyoke, Massachusetts, May 17th, 2008

Keynote Speaker, Saratoga County Office of Aging Volunteer Services, Phelan’s Banquet House, Clifton Park, NY, November 2010, audience of 250

Panel Speaker: “Humor in the Workplace,” Toastmasters International: Capital Advanced Toastmasters, Division F (Albany, Schenectady, Warren, Washington and Saratoga counties), September 20, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGYCJK4u5tI

Facilitator, “4 Improv Tips for Superior Speaking,” Workshop for Capital Advanced Toastmasters, Video Taped by Nick Inco, December 3, 2012

 

 

 


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