Social Practice.

Creating performance-based experiences that encourage public dialogue and build shared understanding. Through story-gathering workshops and collaborative playbuilding processes, I lead processes in which theatre is used as a tool for starting critical conversation around social issues. 

 

LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO

Animateur, Chicago Voices project

Community Created Performances are original music theater works created and performed by community groups using a core element of opera: storytelling through song. Participating groups throughout Chicago, regardless of background or experience, will create and develop these original works which will be driven by the participants and will be supported by Lyric Opera professional artists and staff.


FYI PERFORMANCE COMPANY, ILLINOIS CAUCUS FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH

Founding Member, actor, director, curriculum designer & facilitator. 

FYI designs participatory theatre experiences that activate the creative potential of health education to improve the wellbeing of youth and their communities. FYI is focused on using creative approaches to improve the sexual health of young people in the Chicago area. FYI collective members, facilitators, and performers are a diverse group of professional teaching artists, health educators, social workers, and reproductive justice advocates.Together, we create health-based performance workshops in close partnership with youth partners and other Chicago-area organizations.

Notable accomplishments: 

  • Designed the organization's landmark Creative Capacity Building training series for adults
  • Cultivated partnerships with a diverse array of organizations, both locally and nationally
  • Devised, acted, directed, and toured in two participatory plays for young people