Jared Michaud (MC ’19) is a Theater Studies major from the small, rural, French community of Fort Kent, Maine. His educational research interests include arts-integrated curricula, community-based arts education programs, rural education, and the culmination of all three. As a singer, actor, and dancer, he spends a lot of time at Yale in rehearsals and practice rooms. Michaud sings with the Yale Glee Club and has performed in productions with the Yale Baroque Opera Project, the Opera Theatre of Yale College, the Yale Theater Studies Department, and the Yale Cabaret.
Michaud has written “Asset-Based Arts Education in Rural and Remote Communities” (2016). This paper explores how community-specific arts education programs can garner more student interest and can serve as a realistic solution for dwindling arts education programs in rural and remote communities.
Michaud also has experience in psychology research. He has explored the intersection of human perception and class issues in his paper “Understanding perceptions of economic class in college students: Addressing class disparities and leading factors” (2017). Michaud also currently works as a research assistant in Professor John Bargh’s ACME Lab (Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation). He is currently conducting studies and co-authoring a paper that explores new ways of understanding prejudice and social deviancy aversion.
Michaud currently works as an Urban Fellow in the Education Department at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, which has been generously organized by Dwight Hall at Yale (Center for Public Service and Social Justice) since September 2016. In this position, he serves as both an intern and a teaching artist with the goal of connecting the resources the theater to the city of New Haven. Michaud also currently serves as a Teaching Artist in New Haven Public Schools through the Yale School of Music, Music in Schools Initiative, allowing him to collaborate with local teachers and help teach music in New Haven Public Schools.
Additionally, Michaud spent the summer of 2016 working as a Teaching Assistant/Resident Counselor at Bowdoin College’s Upward Bound summer program. In this role, he mentored, tutored, and helped instruct first generation, low-income high school students from the surrounding community. Michaud also taught a workshop on vocal music and conducted a chamber choir with the students.