Alaina Freeman, originally from the Bronx, is a playwright and educator. Ms. Freeman obtained her B.S. from Delaware State University, majoring in Psychology and minoring in English Education. She also has a dual M.S.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education.
In 2014, Ms. Freeman was selected to participate in one of the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange programs in the world that grants support for research in 140 countries,the Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship. Ms. Freeman spent her time in Belize doing research on the roles and contributions of women in Belizean society.
Ms.Freeman has completed numerous acting and writing classes including Go Solo with Emmy award winner Matt Hooverman and Christine Miller. Acting Technique I and Technique II with Michael Beckett, Singing Voices with Craig Berry, member of theater 68, and Writing and Acting Out Scenes from Your Life with Karen Ludwig. It was in Karens class a baby was born The MisEducation of Ms. Freeman. Ms.Freeman can be seen in the following productions: Settling Down written by Alan Braunstein - Manhattan Repertory Theater , Savage in Limbo and Women in Manhattan written by Patrick Shanley -Arthur seleen Theater, The MotherF×cker with the Hat written by Stephen Adly Guirgis -Arthur seleen Theater.
Ms. Alaina Freeman is currently a NYC Teacher running a theater program for elementary students in the New York City Department of Education.Most recently Alaina wrote, produced and stars in her SOLD OUT one woman show The Mis Education of Ms. Freeman. Earning its place in United SoloFest, the largest solo festival in the world home to Theater Row. 410 W. 42nd Street, NYC, 10036.
See, no matter what, I always wanted to be a teacher. I also wanted to create and be an all-around artist. I was drawn to almost all things artistic, so I wanted to hone in on that strength instead of allowing it to become my “Rain in the sun.” Accordingly, I auditioned to study under Michael Beckett, one of Uta/ Herbert's few living student prodigies. Imagine how excited I was when he asked me to be his assistant after studying under him for only a year! As his assistant, I had to arrive earlier than him to manage his bookkeeping, correspondences, appointments, furniture and his personal desk and chair. Please understand, Michael Beckett insisted that his desk be positioned to a certain angle, and that the chair be pumped up to the perfect height. There were hundreds of pillows in the theatre, yet he only preferred one very old blue and tan pillow to sit on. Nonetheless, I was grateful for being accepted as his apprentice, since this also meant free and unlimited theatre classes under one of the most respected and learned names in the field. So, I sacrificed hanging out with friends and practically lived in his office every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.I even managed to fit in into my busy schedule, including: tai chai, acting for camera, acting movement, character analysis, scene writing from life 1 & 2, scene study 1 & 2 , acting on camera , a member of the 68 theatre company ( love them) annd Bikram yoga (for a flexible mind and body).
All wonderful yet different teachers.
Writing scenes from your life was an interesting class you were given writing prompts then asked to relate them to your life. That's where I met Karen Ludwig and that's when my baby was born. The Mis-Education of Miss Freeman.