Spencer Howard is a playwright, actor, director, producer, TV writer and author of Theatre in the Classroom. As CEO/Artistic Director of LearningTree Productions he creates theatre programs for teens and uses theatre to train peer educators and community advocates. He has participated in the Kennedy Center’s Artist as Educators Seminars, “Planning and Presenting Effective Teacher Workshops” which form the foundation of his arts integration workshops for teachers. He is also a Founding Fellow of the George Rodrique Foundation for the Arts Louisiana A+ Schools.
As Community Organizer in a five year partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Health Centers in Schools, school based health care advocacy project, he designed a model for using theatre to involve teens in community advocacy. He served as artistic/project director for the Save The Children sponsored community-building project and stage production Remembering The Gift; a project following Hurricane Katrina to build a bridge between New Orleans and Baton Rouge teens. As a founding member of the Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix, Arizona (now in its 40th year) he was featured in several successful productions. His plays Dew Drop Inn and The Spirit of the Drum earned him a playwrighting fellowship from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. In September 2015 the American Theatre Project of New Orleans produced his play Freedom Summer at Dillard University to critical acclaim. He is a retired certified talented theatre teacher.