Working with survivors of brain injuries to create an original performance, S tepping Stones , Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area, 1999

Working with survivors of brain injuries to create an original performance, Stepping Stones, Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area, 1999

 Drama class with 3rd-5th graders at the East Bay Conservation Corps Charter School, 2005

Drama class with 3rd-5th graders at the East Bay Conservation Corps Charter School, 2005

My experience as an arts educator and community arts facilitator includes:

  • Teaching visual arts and theater in Pre-K-12 public schools and after-school programs across the San Francisco Bay Area and Philadelphia Area, integrating arts into the classroom curriculum:
    • Currently teaching middle school students at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as part of the Delphi Art Club program;
    • Taught mixed media visual art techniques to students ages 7-11 in West Philadelphia through the Mural Arts A2O: Arts and Artists Outside program;
    • Collaborated with English teachers in the Oakland Public Schools to develop literacy-focused theater residencies in which students created their own performance material based on a theme of their choosing (with Opera Piccola);
    • Developed theater and visual arts curriculum tied to history, science, and English Language Development, working with Young Audiences of Northern California and LEAP.
  • Providing professional development workshops to classroom teachers to support arts integration:
    • Worked with Pre-K teachers in San Francisco to use drama and storytelling as teaching tools;
    • Taught workshops to educators K-8 on using the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards and integrating theater into the classroom curriculum (clients include ArtSpan and the Arts Education Funders Collaborative).
  • Facilitating interactive visual arts and theatre workshops for a range of communities: 
    • Utilized Theatre of the Oppressed tools and techniques to work with the Instituto Sanchez-Mendoza (addressing gender issues in the community), SEIU Local 1021 (supporting adjunct art professors in their negotiations with trustees), NASCO (anti-oppression training), among others;
    • Collaborated with youth to develop original theater performances about their personal experiences (the Play it LOUD! project at the Pacific Center, the Yo! VIP project at the Excelsior Teen Center).
  • Creating original visual art and performance works with people with disabilities (the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area and Theatre Unlimited at the Pomeroy Center).

Interested in booking a workshop? Contact me here