Currently: teaching Movement to sophomores at ChiArts, Chicago's only public high school; working as a Teaching Artist with the Museum of Contemporary Art; and as a teaching artist for Northlight Theatre.
2016 Producer for The School of the Art Institute's New Blood T E N Festival at Links Hall
2015 Producer for SAIC's New Blood IX Festival at Links Hall.
2015 Producer for SAIC's BFA Festival, MFA Impact Festival
From 2006 I have worked with diverse demographics for numerous professional theaters in Chicago as a Teaching Artist and in leadership roles in arts-education. I am also a Teaching Artist with Fringe Benefits (based in L.A.) and have travelled nationally and internationally leading Theatre for Social Justice Institutes. I have assistant taught and lead guest-artist workshops at the graduate and undergraduate level for The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Miami University in Ohio, Kent State University in Ohio,The Central School for Speech & Drama in London, and Central Queensland University in Australia. Additionally, I have designed and facilitated professional development seminars for classroom teachers and teaching artists to deepen pedagogical strategies. In 2016 I was a guest artist at the Kennedy Center for the Young Playwrights Discovery Program.
My teaching practice is framed by an inquiry-based pedagogy where artistic practice serves as a lens for critical questioning and thinking about our world. I construct experiential engagements in which participants are invited to investigate, embody, and communicate ideas in creative dialogue, evaluating their own ideas and the ideas of others through critical reflection.
I approach classrooms as rehearsal rooms where learning happens in a carefully-created climate of constructive compassion, experimentation, attention, risk, and freedom. Rather than a teacher imparting knowledge or answers, I often operate as a facilitator committed to investigating possibilities in collaboration with my students, offering them a variety of resources (contemporary and historical materials, readings and texts, exposure to artists and multidisciplinary media) to prompt questions for discussion and to collectively develop a framework for the generation of their own ideas and work.
Plainly and simply, my teaching is an expression of my art.