I believe that theatre – as an inherently living art form – provides one of the best platforms for learning from one another’s experiences.
Feminist author and scholar bell hooks calls education “a practice of liberation.” As a teaching artist, I strive to use performance as a liberation tool. Embodied exercises become an entrypoint for students’ cooperation, creativity and critical thinking. I’ve found that performance approaches – games, creative movement, storytelling and role-playing – can be applied to almost any subject matter, and are compelling for all types of learners and age ranges. They also provide a shared context for deep, meaningful discussion.
Subjects I’ve Taught:
- Literacy-Based Workshops
- Ensemble Play Creation
- Foundational Puppetry & Puppet Survey (Found Puppetry, Hand Puppetry & Shadow Puppetry)
- Puppet Making
- Mask Making and Performance
- Toy Theatre
- Social Justice Theatre for Kids
- Theatre of the Oppressed (Various Topics)
Organizations I’ve Worked With:
- Central Touring Theater, St. Paul, MN (teaching assistant-intern)
- Soweto Kliptown Youth Center, Johannesburg South Africa (guest artist)
- Louverture Cleary School, Porte-au-Prince Haiti (artist-in-residence)
- Byron Public Schools, Byron MN (artist-in-residence)
- SteppingStone Theatre for Youth, St Paul MN (teaching artist fellow)
- Augsburg College, Minneapolis MN (workshop facilitator)
- EDIT, Minneapolis MN (‘Awareness for Performance,’ coordinator & instructor)
I am available for workshops, residencies and classes on a freelance basis! Please contact me for more information.