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Teaching & Workshops

Teaching & Workshops

 "Creating Solo Performance" Workshop at  Hurricane Gap Theater Institute , Pine Mountain, KY. Photo:  Mark Kidd . 

"Creating Solo Performance" Workshop at Hurricane Gap Theater Institute, Pine Mountain, KY. Photo: Mark Kidd

Workshops: Performance Art

I offer a variety of workshops in performance, including: 

  • Creating Solo Performance
  • Politically-Charged Performance
  • Numbers-Bodies-Love
  • Outdoor, Public Performance
  • Ceremony and Ritual as Performance
 Flyer for course, "Performance as Public Practice and Resistance,"  Women's and Gender Studies Department , DePaul University Chicago. 

Flyer for course, "Performance as Public Practice and Resistance," Women's and Gender Studies Department, DePaul University Chicago. 

University Teaching

I have taught Cultural Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at the university level since 2004 at Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and Eastern Kentucky University. Selected courses:

  • Performance as Public Practice & Resistance
  • Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
  • Racial Formations in the US
  • Making and Unmaking Whiteness
 Teaching a workshop on portable Shrines and Memorías through the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. 

Teaching a workshop on portable Shrines and Memorías through the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. 

Youth Workshops

I have many years of experience working with children and youth on collaborative art projects, artist residencies, and in a school setting where I am a teaching artist. Some examples:

  • Shrines and Memorías (visual/installation art)
  • Theater/drama workshops
  • Outdoor, Public Performance
  • Writing and Poetry
 Pragmatic Visionaries 24-hour Ceremonial Performance Workshop at  Alternate ROOTS ' ROOTSWeek, 2012. Photo:  Rodrigo Dorfman . 

Pragmatic Visionaries 24-hour Ceremonial Performance Workshop at Alternate ROOTS' ROOTSWeek, 2012. Photo: Rodrigo Dorfman

Ritual and Ceremony as Artistic Practice

Rituals and ceremonies are powerful tools for activating our hearts and knitting together our communities in relationship to the Divine. I also love building and maintaining altars. Workshops I teach in this realm:

  • Portable Shrine-Making (building small altars or shrines inside of cigar boxes or match boxes—take it with you wherever you go!)
  • Pragmatic Visionaries: using art and performance to create meaningful ceremonies for social justice and self-care
  • Ancestor Altars and Altar Walks