Throughout my own childhood, my access to arts education gave me the opportunity to exercise my imagination, investigate meaningful questions, and encounter challenges in a safe and affirming environment. This experience motivates me to make a difference in the lives of children and teens of all ages and abilities through my work as a teaching artist. Whether I'm teaching a multi-week residency or a guest workshop, I encourage my students to take creative risks, collaborate, and own their stories.

HIGHLIGHTS

The theme for Ag47's 2019 season was "Myth." Inspired by this theme, I facilitated a workshop in which participants examined power dynamics in familiar folktales, then subverted those power dynamics through drama. Finally, the participants created triptychs consisting of a poem and two collages. One collage represented the original story; the other, the retelling the participants devised. In the poems, the characters in the stories got to speak out and correct assumptions about their desires and motivations.

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At South Loop Elementary, I taught creative drama and acting to aftercare students in kindergarten-6th grade. Below are the performance agreements my 3rd grade acting students came up with.

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Above, artists from the About Face Youth Ensemble devise a piece about the 2016 election.

During my apprenticeship at Imagination Stage, I had the pleasure of writing activity guides for two mainstage shows, The Freshest Snow Whyte and Wonderland: Alice's Rock 'N Roll Adventure. I also contributed activities to the guide for The Smartest Girl in the World.

Download Wonderland: Alice's Rock 'N Roll Adventure Activity Guide

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When IStage produced The Freshest Snow Whyte in 2017, I had the opportunity to give a touch tour to a group of students from the Maryland School for the Blind. Snow Whyte and her uncle Kanye East are graffiti artists, so to make their art accessible, I got crafty with some felt and Wikki Stix and made some tactiles!

As an intern at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, I contributed Common Core-aligned activities to the teacher handbook for Romeo and Juliet. One of my contributions was a guide to teaching the text through graphic novels, designed for use in ELL classrooms.

Download graphic novel guide

Additional work samples available upon request.