I am passionate about inclusion, equity, and arts in education.
CO/LAB THEATER GROUP, Volunteer (2013-2018)
Assistant Teaching Artist (2018-2019 season)
CO/LAB Theater Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing Creative Opportunities without Limits And Boundaries. CO/LAB offers individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater arts. Through our programming, CO/LAB encourage actors to collaborate as an ensemble and discover their individual voices. CO/LAB creates a safe, judgment-free, and neuro-diverse environment that allows participants the opportunity to express themselves both in class and on stage. CO/LAB seeks to honor and celebrate every individual. CO/LAB aims to offer financially accessible programs to all.
At CO/LAB, our Teaching and Supporting Artists work together to facilitate a positive, safe and fun environment for our actors. CO/LAB encourages participants to collaborate and work together as an ensemble as well as discover and share their own ideas. Each semester there is a theme that is presented to each class and every class creates scenes based on the theme. At the end of each semester, there is a show that is open to the public, friends, family, and staff where actors are given an opportunity to showcase their original work. http://www.colabtheatergroup.com/
52nd Street Project, Volunteer
The 52nd Street Project (The Project) is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for, and often by, kids between the ages of nine and eighteen that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. The Project does this through a series of unique mentoring programs that match kids with professional theater artists.
The Project’s style of teaching drama and creating theater focuses on the individual child. The same kids who are too often one of thirty or more in a public school classroom are outnumbered by adult collaborators at The Project. In the “Playmaking” program series (the first step on the Project ladder), ten children enroll in a nine-week play writing course taught by the Associate Artistic Director and adapted for The Project by Daniel Judah Sklar from his book, “Playmaking: Children Writing and Performing Their Own Plays.” At the end of the course, the kids are taken (along with their volunteer adult dramaturge/directors) out of town for a “writers’ retreat” in the countryside. After writing their own plays, each child is given a professional cast to complete the expression of their personal vision. The finished plays enjoy a three-day run at the Project’s Five Angels Theater in Manhattan. The Project produces two Playmaking Stage-One programs each year; one ends in December, the other in March. Playmaking performances, like all of the Project’s shows, are presented for free to the general public. http://www.52project.org/
Powerful School at Hawthrone elementary, Student facilitator
Created a performance with 5th grade students that reflected what the students learned in their humanities class about Ancient Egypt's history, culture, religion. language, and inventions. The play was performed for the entire school in an assembly and an evening production for families and members of the community.
rECOVERY cAFE, Student Facilitator
Wrote lesson plans and facilitated weekly workshops to teach creativity as a tool for self expression and advocacy to participants in recovery from addictions and homelessness.
Weekly workshops included:
Theater (acting, improv, character development)
Organized a final presentation of participants work in order to celebrate the creative output during class and show the progression and range of work produced by participants