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 Penn State University, 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 in devising 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 play. 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.