Our Team

THROUGHLINES Dance and Theatre

The partners of this organization, Alison Marshall PhD, Susan Thompson MAIS, and Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski MFA, have over ten years of experience together developing arts based learning programs that focus on inquiry as a process to impact teaching and learning, activate thinking, and inform planning, evaluation, and collaborative practices. In school settings the work addresses arts integration in the full curriculum with a focus on language acquisition and literacy skills, collaborative learning, creative problem solving and multi-sensory learning approaches.

Their work  engages participants in researching and identifying organization and/or community needs as well as social justice issues that can become the focus of classroom or community arts projects and performances.

The team is currently working on a book detailing the THROUGHLINES approach.

Alison Marshall, PhD

Alison Marshall, PhD is a teaching and performing artist, choreographer, and arts consultant who designs and presents dance and theatre based learning programs in schools and communities.  Her performance and choreography has been presented at a variety of venues including the New Works Series San Francisco, Naropa/Colorado  Dance Festival, Boston Dance Umbrella, Jacob’s Pillow (2008 choreographer’s lab) and Phoenix Theatre (Boston and Phoenix).  Her work has included projects and performances in the United States, Mexico, South America and Europe.Alison holds a doctorate in Integrated Arts Education with a specialization in dance and is on national dance faculty at Lesley University, College of Creative Arts. She has served as faculty in dance and education at Arizona State University, the University of Washington, Prescott College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Alison has directed a Rural Arts Education Collaboration Project supported by the Dana Foundation and served as consultant for an arts based quality improvement project supported by the Wallace Foundation.  She was the Arts Learning Director for the Arizona Commission on the Arts for nine years where she designed and presented over 200 professional development workshops in dance and theatre-based learning. She is on the editorial board for The Teaching Artist Journal and  is the co-author of a design arts curriculum and teachers guide titled Architecture and Children. Alison previously served as co-director of Detour Theater Company with developmentally delayed adult actors. She is currently a partner of THROUGHLINES Theatre and Dance Company working on and off stage to connect dance, theatre and learning in communities, organizations and schools.Email: alisonmarshallaz@gmail.com

Susan Thompson, M.Ed. and MAIS
Susan Thompson, M.Ed. and MAIS, has been a classroom teacher for 21 years.  She is certified in a variety of areas including principalship. Susan served as Arizona State Thespian Director from 1996 to 2006.  She was a faculty associate for Arizona State University for eight years and is an on-line instructor for AXIA college, instructing potential teachers.  She has a variety of directing, designing and acting credits with a number of state and national awards.  Susan co-founded The Shakespeare Theatre where she served on the creative staff and as the company’s treasurer.  Susan has been a teaching artist for the AZ Arts Commission, Artist Teacher Institutes for seven years.  She is currently a teacher-librarian at Cactus High School where she also leads the school’s professional development program.  Susan’s commitment to educational theatre rests in her involvement as an arts advocate for a number of organizations and her continued involvement with students and their educational success.    Email: Susan@throughlines.net
Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, MFA
Patrick Elkins-Zeglarski, MFA, concurrently works within the fields of teaching, directing, and dramaturgy. The product of fine educators and committed theatre artists, Patrick honors the tradition of empowered education with the focus and discipline of a theatre professional.
Currently national faculty for Lesley University’s School of Education, Patrick has also provided curriculum and instruction for the Dana Foundation, the International Thespian Society, California State University Sacramento, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Berkeley Rep, Sacramento Ballet, Central Washington University, University of Northern Iowa, Denver Center Theatre Company, and K-12 public and private schools nationally.
Because the power of theatre to illuminate and inquire is a core value of the theatrical process, Patrick’s work as both a leader and collaborator in applying theatre-based structures and activities within vocational settings has enriched training and service programming within such organizations as Kaiser Permanente, the Mental Health Center of Denver, Denver Police Department, The Sierra Club, Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and numerous professional development workshops focused on cross-curricular arts integration and assessment for schools and school districts.
Patrick’s stagings of classical and contemporary plays and musicals have been seen at professional, community and education theatres. Patrick’s collaboration with playwrights, actors, designers, choreographers and musicians has been rich and varied.   Email: Patrick@throughlines.net