Teaching Students About Stephanie March
The impact of a talented, dedicated actor goes beyond the screen or stage. Actors possess the unique ability to inspire audiences and segue into careers as advocates for important causes. Stephanie March, best known for her role as Alexandra Cabot on the hit TV series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” is one such actor. Teaching students about her life and career can be a valuable tool for demonstrating the power of performance, dedication, and philanthropy to achieve meaningful change in society.
Early Life and Education
Stephanie March was born on July 23, 1974, in Dallas, Texas. Teachers can use her early life to discuss her parents’ support in recognizing her talent and fostering her interest in acting. Her father worked as an executive coach, and her mother was a real estate agent. At a young age, she joined a local children’s theatre and performed there throughout her teenage years.
After graduating from high school, March pursued her education at Northwestern University in Chicago. Here, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Theater Arts and embarked on her professional career. Educators may choose to focus on March’s university years to emphasize the importance of higher education to fulfill one’s dreams.
With an array of TV shows, films, and stage productions under her belt, Stephanie March has made remarkable strides in her professional acting career. In teaching about March’s accomplishments, educators can highlight key performances that showcase her versatility as an actor:
1. “Law & Order: SVU” (2000-2012): Discuss how playing assistant district attorney Alexandra Cabot catapulted March into stardom and also paved the way for other strong female characters in television.
2. “Death of a Salesman” (1999): Mention this Broadway production as an example of Stephanie’s stage performance skills.
3. “Neon Joe: Werewolf Hunter” (2015): As a departure from her dramatic roles, teachers can discuss her comedic work in this television miniseries.
Philanthropy and Activism
Beyond her career as an actor, Stephanie March dedicates her time and resources to charitable organizations and supports multiple causes. Educators may choose to emphasize the following points to discuss her philanthropic efforts:
1. Safe Horizon: March serves on the board of directors and is a prominent advocate for this organization, which provides support to victims of abuse, human trafficking, and other forms of violence.
2. Planned Parenthood: As an ardent supporter, Stephanie often speaks about reproductive rights and healthcare access for women.
3. World of Children Award: This global recognition highlights individuals making a positive impact on the lives of children. March has been involved in several fundraising events for this cause.