Build social and emotional intelligence and close the learning gap using imagination and role-play
When young people play, they explore the depth of human experience by engaging themselves as characters in imaginary worlds.
As children, role-play is a way that we learn about the world. This immersion of ourselves in our imagination is the basis of drama for educational development.
Drama-based tools also support learning by engaging the Multiple Intelligence's.
I teach theatre as both form and use it as pedagogy. Drawing from Cecily O'Neil's Process Drama, Augusto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed, Paulo Freire's Popular Education and Tadashi Suzuki, I work with students from K-12 to explore moral and ethical questions in relationships, politics and philosophy. Techniques I use include Process Drama; playback theatre, Forum Theatre, devising original theater; and exploring play-texts; as well as physical performer training to connect or re-connect students with their bodies.
My work can support language arts, social studies and the arts. I've designed and taught curriculum for the Educational Theatre Association (for the common core standards); and have been an arts-integrated educator in NYC for the past nine years. Professional developments have included trauma informed teaching and integrated arts learning at the Lincoln Center and Juilliard. I am also currently connected with GIVE, a joint initiative between the New Victory Theatre (New42), Community Word Project and ArtsConnection on teaching artistry in inclusive settings.
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