“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that [they] can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” ― Paulo Freire, “We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change”, 1990
Since 2013, I have worked with people of all ages imagine just and joyful futures through collaborative arts practices. I partner with organizations to develop and fund initiatives, create curriculum, and facilitate programs.
As an Adjunct Instructor at Virginia Tech (VT), I teach Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques (I-ACT). I-ACT serves students across academic disciplines who apply creative principles of applied theatre to develop capacities for collaborating and connecting with others. I have also served as a Co-Instructor for a course on Mind-Body Practices, receiving pedagogical mentorship, and a Guest Instructor for two courses on Service Learning in the Environmental Sciences School and Human Development Department at Virginia Tech.
Beyond VT, I have served as a Co-Facilitator for Columbia Law School’s Theater of Change (ToC) methodology. ToC brings together artists, legal and policy experts, students, and directly impacted advocates to employ rigorous storytelling to push for just policies. I have facilitated courses and community-based workshops across the world for youth, adults, elders, and intergenerational communities in Applied and Devised Theater, Art in Social Change, Community Engagement and Civic Practice, Documentary Theater, Mind-Body Practices; and Theater of the Oppressed. I am a collaborator of the award-winning theater Ping Chong + Company, and arts-in-healthcare focused ensemble The Clinic Performance.
I ground my teaching practice in the ethics of storytelling. Through stories shared on identity, culture, place, and belonging, students witness with awe our intersections and our beautiful distinctions. We build community through story in order to create a climate of openness, shared commitment, and intellectual rigor applicable to any academic context.