Teaching Artist have the ability to affect, and effect, personal transformation, social awareness, and create harmonious classrooms. Students are provided with a space where freedom of expression and self-discovery are unlimited and free of prejudices, racism, and social injustices. In theatre, the artistic and creative process is a journey of exploration. Through dramatic participation, pedagogic and reflective practices, students experience the art of unfolding, connecting, and making-theatre.
As a Theatre Teaching Artist and Actress, I implement the practice of drama in non-traditional settings. Applied Theatre is an art-making and creative process, entailing brainstorming, developing framework, and creating performance presentations. We critically engage in themes that include, but are not limited to bullying, conflict resolution, and empowerment. Even though there are lighter topics to explore using theatre, I choose to delve into themes that effects self-awareness, developing social and interpersonal awareness with others in which they encounter in their homes, educational, and community environments.
Utilizing community collaboration and group discussions, participants enhance and broadens their understanding, of themselves and of one another. Collectively, they are guided through improvisation, role play, theatre games, and warm-ups. Using drama practices infused with educational and therapeutic context, provides exploratory applications for daily living. Throughout my pedagogy career, I have witnessed the impact and transformation within participants who participate in drama activities. Theatre increases cognitive, and comprehension skills, improves negative behaviors, and academic achievements.
Commitments in Teaching Artist
On my journey as a Theatre Teaching Artist, I have learned that being a connected teacher, I provide compassion, confirmation, connectedness, and create classrooms in which students can nurture each other. Connected classrooms thrive by creating a diverse atmosphere for all members of society. It allows those who have issues with communication, to expand and explore other avenues of exchanging information. This process also provides a platform for their voices to be heard.
Teaching Artist in Practic
I use process as my practice since learning that the creative act has become a collective process. (Brecht) Creation begins with a process. It is through my pedagogic approaches, methodologies, and reflective practices, that participant’s cognitive senses are penetrated and critical thinking skills are built. When using practice as process, it uproots and unfences known and unknown insecurities; that can ultimately stagnate the process of discovery, and preventing the opportunity for self-expression. My teaching artistry practice induces empowerment and confidence that stimulates the awareness in the art of becoming, in my classrooms