Iris Otley has a heart for children and for the arts. She has her bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a minor in Education from Carson-Newman University. She will be pursuing an MFA in Theatre Education starting Fall 2022. Iris’s passion is to create a fun, safe, and encouraging environment for Fuzion’s families, students, and staff. Outside of Fuzion, Iris is excited about her involvement with Legacy Theatre, enjoys directing (and/or acting in) theatrical productions, and spends her time with Jesus, friends, and family.
My why… Inside of this school and inside of my classroom my first priority is to create an environment that provides students with a safe space that not only allows but encourages them fail, learn, grow, and succeed without judgement or discouragement. Throughout middle and high school I experienced both a positive theatre environment and a negative theatre environment. The negative environment was full of unhealthy competition, comparison to my peers, and overall self doubt and discouragement. The positive environment was run by a teacher who’s priority was to encourage teamwork, community, and an uplifting environment where the students cheer each other on supporting each other unconditionally. This teacher had a major impact on my life and inspired me not only to pursue theatre education but to integrate this positive environment into my classroom and now Fuzion School of the Arts. I’m so grateful to be apart of this amazing team and to work in an arts school that shares my heart and values.