What does going beyond look like? For me, it's naming the ways I've been complicit in enforcing white supremacist values in my theatre career; as student, educator, actor and director and then deciding to be purposeful in seeking knowledge from those whose contributions to theatre have been minimized, discounted, appropriated, and ignored. Beyond is discovering how theatre can be diverse, innovative, and exciting for ALL.
Conscientious theatre training defined
CTT is dedicated to equitable anti-racist representation in all areas of theatre through disrupting harmful erasure present in traditional theatre training through purposeful inclusion of marginalized groups contributions to the cannon of theatre, fusing together cultural competency, self care practices, and anti-racist theory to create an embodied experience where participants learn to utilize their sphere of power to disrupt white supremacy culture.
2019: a year in Review
Directed Milk Like Sugar @ The Black Rep in St. Louis
Enjoyed my time in St. Louis and all the incredible talent I was blessed to work with.
2019 Spring Semester
NTI & Conn College
I'm commuting in order to teach brilliant minds at both Conn College and NTI A.R.T.
Anti-racist Theatre Workshop
Invited to the University of Cambridge in the UK to share foundational anti-racist theatre practices with students and theatre professionals!
Invited to join a panel of amazing folx doing incredible things! I'll be sharing my thoughts on A.R.T.
Anti-racist Theatre Workshop
Invited to Boston Conservatory at Berklee, University of Miami, and Shakespeares Globe in London to share foundational anti-racist theatre practices with students and theatre professionals!
In my article in the January 2018 edition of American Theatre magazine entitled "Training With A Difference" I talk about the need to dismantle white supremacist values in theatre training by utilizing cross-cultural collaborative curriculums in theatre training.
On Whose Terms?...Ten Years On
Goldsmiths University, UK
Had the privilege of presenting a paper on decolonizing theatre at "On Whose Terms?...Ten years On" conference that unapologetically explored racism in British literature, theatre, poetry, primary education and more.
National Theater Institute as a visiting faculty
Presented on CTT at TCG Conference
TheaterMakers @ NTI Visiting Faculty
Accepted a position as an organizer for a 2019 Convening on decolonizing MFA theatre training
Acted in White Rabbit Red Rabbit @ Theater Alliance
artEquity Facilitator Training in NOLA
Directed Jonkonnu @ Howard University 2018-2109 Season
artEquity Facilitator Training Part 2
Conscientious Theatre Training workshop @ NYU Playwrights Horizons Studio & NTI
Conscientious Theatre Training highlighted in American Theatre Best Practices Issue
Facilitated CTT workshop @ Yale University
Presented Anti-racist Theatre at NTI's National Conversation
About Me & My Workshops
A.R.T is defined as practices and policies that do not actively or passively oppress any group of people in any aspect of education or production of theatre. By focusing on racist systems and how they’re fused with current theatre pedagogy and/or policies A.R.T. teaches the contributions of people of color and other marginalized groups to the field of theatre through Conscientious Theatre Training, as well as, reveals the intersectionality of other oppressive practices such as ableism, paternalism, gender & sexual orientation discrimination, bias of indigenous peoples, and sexism with the goal of transforming organizational culture to fully inclusive, multi-cultural, and anti-racist.
My work exposes the shape-shifting quality of racism in theater, and provides a framework for theater organizational culture to transform to fully inclusive and anti-racist through the use of conscientious theatre training.
I believe unceasingly that our collective liberation is tied to one another and the way forward is together.
My workshops are taught through my unique perspective as an actor, director, and facilitator.
Each workshop is designed to be an engaging mixture of theatre games, anti-racist theory, self-reflection and collaborative exercises that model for participants what anti-racist theatre looks like through conscientious theatre training.
My workshops are based in holistic practice* and designed to meet the needs of your organization. The typical length of workshops range from 3 hours to several days.
* Education with a holistic perspective is concerned with the development of every person's intellectual, emotional, social, physical, artistic, creative and spiritual potentials. It seeks to engage students in the teaching/learning process and encourages personal and collective responsibility.
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