JORDAN BUTTERFIELDJordan is the Director of Education and Teaching Artist at Trinity Rep. She teaches classes on-site, oversees the general curriculum planning for the department and leads workshops at schools throughout Rhode Island, spreading the importance of theater in the classroom. She also is the founder of TRAIN (Trinity Rep Active Imagination Network), a theater program specially designed for children and adults on the autism spectrum and with other cognitive or physical disabilities. Through TRAIN, she is the drama instructor at Bradley Hospital, The Autism Project, Hasbro Partial Hospitalization Program, Dean's List RI, AccessPoint RI and Seven Hills RI. Jordan also developed the YASI Masters program in 2014, as well as a successful series of master classes for adults in 2015. She manages community partnerships with the Providence Public Library, Providence Athenaeum and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Jordan served on the steering committee of the Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center (RITAC) in its pilot year, and serves on the steering committee for NCTF Impact Creativity education directors.
She is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she double majored in history and theater arts with concentrations in acting and dramaturgy. At Brandeis, she performed in The Who’s Tommy directed by Eric Hill and the world premiere of the musical The Two Orphans by Theresa Rebeck directed by Dennis Garnhum. She also trained at the Autism Treatment Center of America in the SonRise floor-time technique.