Isabel Carrington has been the Director of Education for the Warner Theatre since 2003 and manages all aspects of the Warner Theatre Center for Arts Education (WTCAE), including the development of the general prospectus and school-wide curriculum. As a dramatic arts teacher for over fifteen years, Isabel has taught children and adults of all ages in various artistic disciplines, specifically: Stanislavsky, Meisner and Linklater acting techniques, improvisation, play writing, Shakespeare on stage, Greek drama, dialects, theatre history, and movement for the actor.
In addition to expanding the general arts curriculum with the addition of dance, music, visual, technical and writing arts programs here at the WTCAE, Isabel has also been an active proponent of arts integration in the Torrington Public School system and other school districts throughout the state. She has developed and facilitated successful artist-in-residence programs for area schools and has partnered with state organizations to bring arts awareness and educational outreach opportunities to children and adults from all demographics and socio-economic backgrounds. At the WTCAE, Isabel is the instructor of the most advanced acting class, Performance Lab, for high school aged students. She has directed over twenty-five Young Actors Series productions on the Warner’s Main Stage and Nancy Marine Studio Theatre stage.
Isabel has written and directed three original full-length plays, You Belong to Me, The Love We Leave Behind and The Beautiful Empire of Ordinary Kings, all produced by the Warner Theatre and cast entirely with students from the Performance Lab class.
In 2010, Isabel was recognized at the Honoring Farmington Women awards ceremony for her work in arts education awareness throughout the state. In 2012, Isabel was named as one of Connecticut Magazine's Top 40 Bright Leaders Under 40.
Isabel attended Syracuse University for her undergraduate degree in Language Arts and Theatre, and Wesleyan University’s Graduate Liberal Studies Program. She has worked as a professional actor and director in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut for over eighteen years. Isabel serves on the Board of the Connecticut Educational Theatre Association and is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE).