Dean Feldman has been a theater and film instructor for 31 years. “I’ve taught directing, musical theater production, movie production, Shakespeare, and film editing.” What’s more, Feldman’s virtual school students at Laurel Springs have the rare opportunity to learn from a teacher who actively works in the entertainment industry, in addition to being a seasoned creative arts teacher.
“Last April, I got a phone call asking if I was interested in being a featured teacher on a new DC Comics television show, Stargirl, and from there, my career snowballed,” Feldman recalled.
Since then, he’s played a reporter in the new Clint Eastwood movie, Richard Jewell, about the bombing at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Feldman also had parts in Netflix’s Ozark and the reboot of Dynasty. He’s even landed a role in The Tomorrow War, a forthcoming Chris Pratt action flick. His experiences as an actor translate directly to the courses he teaches as part of Laurel Springs School’s Visual Arts pathway.
Connecting Passion to Education
“I love being able to take all those experiences and apply them to what we are doing in our classes,” Feldman said. His private online high school students at Laurel Springs learn what it’s like to gain entry to the Screen Actors Guild and sign a contract for representation by a big talent agent. They also reap the benefit of more than three decades of teaching experience. “I share stories from my former students and how they found their passion by following their dreams.” Feldman has taught students who are professionals in the entertainment industry, from Broadway actors to American Idol contestants.
When students take courses in the Visual Arts pathway, it opens up a whole new world and can “spark an interest they didn’t know they had,” according to Feldman. His students work on everything from film editing to stop-motion animation—graphic design to vlogs. “A student who is a dancer might document her experience in a Broadway production, for example, or a tennis player might create a video blog about his journey to the U.S. Open. Students get to work on topics that are important to them.”
Feldman believes that arts courses can help students be successful regardless of where life takes them. “No matter what type of career you have, it will always help to have effective communication skills, personal confidence, the ability to speak in front of a group of people.”
Laurel Springs students don’t have to wait to start exploring future careers. Learn more about our industry-focused curriculum pathways by reaching out to your Laurel Springs representative or contacting our admissions office.