Improvisation and the Energy Body (Co-Facilitator at Ponderosa, Stolzenhagen, Germany August 2016)
Social Hypnosis (Co-Facilitator at Le Plongeior, Lyon, France April 2015)
North Park University (Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer, January- April 2015)
Playlab at Links Hall (Facilitator, December 2014)
Canticle Farm and Casa De Paz, Oakland, CA (August 2014)
Howard Area Community Center Staff Development, Chicago, IL (Facilitator, November 2013)
This workshop, funded by a grant from DCASE, will engage youth development staff in learning artistic practices as a tool for conflict resolution and self-care practices in a NFP setting.
Weave Residency, Brussels, BE (Facilitator, October 2013)
Facilitated a workshop with a group of international artists in exploring improvisational performance and movemement by using elements of Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed.
Silk Roads Rising (Teaching Artist, September 2014 - Present)
EPIC (Empathic Playwriting Intensive Course) is an arts-integrated education program designed to engage student’s imaginations and help them articulate it through drama. EPIC imparts the importance of empathy as a significant tool when it comes to cultural sensitivity and conflict resolution. I teach these courses at Morgan Park High School, Innovations High School and Brooks High School.
Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Columbia College Chicago (Teaching Artist 2013-14)
Spring 2014: The Art of Acting: devising Shakespeare at Sullivan High School with a focus on devising an edited version of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Fall 2013: The Art of Acting at Sullivan High School with a focus on Viewpoints, Improvisation and Playback theatre as tools to teach youth how to devise original work.
Spring 2013: Louder Then a Bomb Slam Poetry/Spoken Word Competition Co- Coach for Sullivan High School Team
Howard Area Community Center, Chicago, IL (September 2009 - August 2014)
Teaching Artist (August 2013-August 2014): Works with high school students from the Rogers Park Neighborhood in after school and summer programs, creating curriculum with an emphasis on social justice and teaches students to express themselves through applied theatre: storytelling through devised performance and puppetry and media and visual arts: performative and 3-dimensional installation art.
Program Coordinator (September 2009- November 2012): Managed a staff of 10 and a program of 25 students, created learning and leadership opportunities and managed grant requirements and budget.
Insight Arts, Chicago, IL (Teaching Artist, December 2010-May 2011)
Taught students at CMSA acting techniques and how to create devised performances using elements of Viewpoints, Theatre of the Oppressed, Playback Theatre, and Slam Poetry to tell their personal stories.
Common Threads, Chicago, IL (Classroom Teacher, Summer 2009)
Created a summer program for youth ages 8-14, curriculum included: cultural history and explorations of 12 countries, journal exercises, and art projects.
TVI Studios, Chicago, IL (Acting Coach, October 2006-June 2008)
Taught students audition techniques (monologue selection and text analysis), Viewpoints, Meisner based training, acting exercises, cold reading techniques, scene study, improvisation, character development, vocal training, movement and commercial work, Ages 8-17.
Shanti Foundation for Peace, Evanston, IL (Artist in Residence, September 2006-June 2007)
Created curriculum to integrate with nonviolence concepts and academics in schools and artist programs using Illinois Learning standards, co-taught with classroom teachers to create performances with youth including both stage and video, documented and assessed all projects. Teaching experience at: Martin Luther King Lab Jr. Elementary School, Reed Elementary, Loyola University Museum of Art, Poetry Writing through Theatre Training Program.
Y.O.U. Theatre Project, Evanston, IL (Teaching Artist, September 2005-August 2006)
Created and implemented a fine arts program, in which the youth found creative ways to express themselves, helped youth create a devised performance piece based on their personal stories.
Educational Workshops and Training:
Arts Education Curriculum Institute, Ingenuity, November-December 2014
Rev Up: Social Justice and Youth Activism, Chicago Freedom School, April 2012
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference, Volunteer, July 2011
Advancing Youth Development Certification, 28 hr Training Program, March-April 2010
Positive Youth Development/Violence Prevention Training, IL Center for Violence Prevention, 2009
Powerful Connections: Learning through the Arts Workshop with Zephyr Dance, September 2008
Arts Integration Workshop by Karen Erickson with Shanti Foundation for Peace, September 2006