As a professional actor, singer, songwriter, poet, dancer and choreographer who has been performing in the Twin Cities for 15 years, I've learned to approach creativity from an organic aesthetic. In the classroom, this begins with nurturing the voices of the students by using community building activities to create a safe space in which they can be free to experiment with creative expression, take artistic risks, and explore and share their personal connection to the material. We’ll use theater games, performance, movement, songwriting, spoken word, creative writing and rhythm to help students find an alternate entrance into academic curriculum. I also like to empower students to use collaboration as a problem-solving tool.
Use drama, song, and movement to explore a piece of literature, a history lesson, a science experiment, or a math problem. Create an original performance piece. Over the course of the residency we can use our artistic tools to explore a piece of literature, a history lesson, a science experiment, a math problem, or we can create a performance piece. If there's a particular lesson that you think could be enhanced by a dramatic, or kinesthetic experience of the material, let's create an artistic supplement to the lesson. Oftentimes, students who are poor academic achievers are discovered to be brilliant artists. I enjoy watching the transformation in their self-esteem when they find that they can be successful in class, and the elevation of the value of that student to the class because of his/her artistic acumen.