It’s been a wild summer but last week I completed my summer job: 9 weeks of teaching Talespinners camp for STUDIO EAST Training for the Performing Arts. In this camp I helped kids entering 1st and 2nd grade as they wrote and performed original plays. It was challenging, exhausting, fulfilling, and seriously fun. Big thank you to co-teachers, admin support, and students for making this summer amazing.
With a little extra time in September I was able to finish a cover song and I’m hard at work on two originals. This song is called the “Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” and it’s originally by the Flaming Lips. The song asks the question “What would you do with all your power?” There is not a single day goes by that I don’t think about the people in power in my country, in my community, in my neighborhood and wish they were doing more good with that power. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my own power and privilege and how to make the world a better place through my words, my work, and my voice. I’m thankful every day for the social justice training I received last year in TAT Lab so I know how to address any oppressive language I in my classroom. A comment as simple as “you look like a girl!” is an open door to educating young people about sexism, (why is it a negative thing to look like a girl?), transphobia (what does “looking like a girl” even mean? girls can look like anything!) and toxic masculinity (stop shaming each other, especially young boys, for the way they look, what they choose to wear, or how they express emotions!). As a teacher I want to create safe spaces for all students and educate students not just with theatre skills but with life skills. I want to empower students to do good beyond my classroom. I want them to see the power they have and how they can use that power for good. Sometimes the internet is absolutely overwhelming and honestly not good for my mental health. That’s why I’m only trying got “click” the articles that give me advice on what I can do to help so I don’t wallow but instead act. What are you doing with all your power and what advice do you have for me?
Here’s what’s next for me:
I’m excited to be directing my first mainstage play at Youth Theatre Northwest. The play is Rikki Tikki Tavi and it’s for students in 1st-4th grade. The auditions are this week!
I’m also a new teaching artist for Seattle Theatre Group and begin training for their awesome Disney Musicals in Schools program this week!
Also! Fun fact, I’m sitting at ACT Theatre right now because I’m a new teaching artist for their Young Playwrights program. Training is today and next week I’ll be at a local high school teaching a twice-weekly playwriting class.
On top of all that teaching I’m excited to start rehearsals in October for the world premiere of Tortoise and the Hare with StoryBook Theater and don’t miss me in some fantastic readings with STAGEright Theatre!
Where did all this opportunity come from?! Two years ago I was teaching one class a week and going to one audition a week. I’m truly thankful for all the lovelies I’ve met along the way who have held my hand, taught me important theatre AND life skills, and guided me toward success. You know who you are. ❤
Thank you for reading to the end. I hope you’re doing well. If you’re in the Seattle area let’s meet for a drink sometime soon. Love ❤