Stacey Coates is an educational drama consultant who works with both the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Interact Theatre in Washington, DC. She has a Masters Degree in Drama for the Young from Eastern Michigan University and her Bachelors Degree in Theater is from Oberlin College. She has taught both public and private school students in grades K-12 for over thirty years. She has also taught graduate and college students, the elderly, gifted and talented, ESL, incarcerated adolescents, and deinstitutionalized mental patients.
Ms. Coates was sent to India by the U.S. State Department to offer Tolerance Workshops as part of the commemoration of 9/11. She trained delegates at the Seeds of Peace Conference in Prague, working with educators from around the globe. Recently she facilitated a panel at the University of Michigan entitled "...And Words Will Never Hurt Me: Strategies for Equity and Dialogue." In the last seven years she has worked with teachers in 35 states.
As a theater director, she has worked on elementary, middle, high school, college and community productions, often writing the scripts.
Ms. Coates has contributed to various educational publications. These include an article on teaching tolerance through drama, and a pamphlet on using drama for team building and conflict resolution.