GEORGE AS TEACHER AND MENTOR TO WRITERS
George began his teaching career as an instructor of apprentices at St. Michael’s, Winooski, Vermont, during a summer theater season. None of his students there went on to work in theater - for which he may yet be nominated for a Tony, Upon graduation from Catholic University he served as Associate Professor at Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he effectively set back the professional careers of David Rabe, Mariclaire Costello and Karen Morrow. For 12 years he taught playwrighting and was artist-in-residence at American universities including Villanova and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, finally abandoning the cold northern states for Hawaii where for the next 16 years he served on the staff of the State Superintendent of Education. He retired in 1983 which caused Kilauea volcano to erupt.
George has won three commendations from the International Thespian Conference for his contributions to secondary theatre education, and has served as guest lecturer at several ITC regional workshops. Fortunately for the art, most of his students ignored his guidelines.
“For the past 15+ years he has conducted creative writing seminars for Sherwood Middle School in Oregon. For the past 10 years his students under a TAG program, wrote, edited, designed and produced an annual literary magazine. In 2001 The Sherwood School District presented Mr. Herman with a plaque commending his work in “nurturing the creativity and imaginations of a generation of Sherwood writers.”
Now in his 80s, George continues to teach - but one can always hope.
Web editor note: Despite the light treatment here of Mr. Herman’s teaching accomplishments, he continues to mentor the work of former students and makes himself available for new writers. It should be noted that many former students continue to send their writing to him and he is always available to offer encouragement.