my core values
My core values as an arts educator are invitation, equity, empathy, play, curiosity, and collaboration.
In my teaching practice, I will ensure that every student is invited to play. This requires a foundation of equity; I will work to understand where each student is, then foster an atmosphere where they are free to thrive. Empathy is key in this; not every student is going to walk in the door with the same performance experience, personal confidence, fearlessness using their voice, and initial comfortability with the work. We are all individuals with multitudes of differences and commonalities, and that is what fuels art.
I believe the best way to invite learners into a safe, artistic space is through play. Being in a new environment is a little scary for everyone, and I think laughter is the best equalizer and humanizer in a new group setting. If we can laugh together, we can begin to trust each other. I believe collaborating as our authentic selves is essential in order to create energizing work that fuels our artistry.
"We are all individuals with multitudes of differences and commonalities, and that is what fuels art."
I want my students to realize the power of their authentic voice, and to become curious about the other voices in the room.
I want every person to not only express their truth, but to uplift the truth of diverse voices around them.
I want to foster excitement around building art as a collective through active listening and respect.
An essential part of improv is to “make your partner look good”: I want students to recognize that impactful art comes from the ensemble.
In every teaching setting, I will strive to create a welcoming space where every artist’s offerings are celebrated and used as fuel for the art we seek to make.