playwright // performance maker // public artist // arts organizer

teaching

 

lynx mask making160Midsummer Night

 

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
  •  Shakespeare
  •  Acting
  •  Ensemble Play Creation
  •  Foundational Puppetry & Puppet Survey (Found Puppetry, Hand Puppetry & Shadow Puppetry)
  •  Puppet Making
  •  Mask Making and Performance
  •  Toy Theatre
  •  Peacemaking
  •  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.