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Teaching Artist Statement

Teaching Artistry always makes me think of Dr. Brene Brown orating Teddy Roosevelt’s quote on the phenomenon of Daring Greatly:

“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the person who is in the arena. Whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming... who at the best knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly ...”

When I hear this, I think of the artists I've had the privilege of teaching. I think of how challenging it is to be being a person in this socio-political chaos, and how everyone rises to the occasion every day. They wake up in the morning, ready to face another day of mass media inundation saying over and over that they are neither safe nor loved nor good enough. And yet, these artists do more than wake up; they advocate for change; they think, act, learn, play, push against what is complex, and they know they’ll have to do it all again tomorrow. They dare so greatly. I believe this bravery is borne of vulnerability, empathy, engagement, and a desire for excellence. I have learned that the way to support and grow this bravery is through arts education.

I graduated from NYU Tisch with a Double Major in Drama and Religious Studies. I learned the ropes of Education Administration at Atlantic. I trained as a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for Performing Arts and Lincoln Center. I built a program for the NYC Department of Correction, producing, directing, and acting in plays, bringing workshops, and teaching classes to the detainees on Riker's Island and the other three facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. I'm pursuing my Master's in the hopes of engaging with education as an act of artistry for years to come. I believe in listening as a radical act and am doing my best to dare as greatly as Brené Brown and Theodore Roosevelt have advocated for. It would be such a gift to continue learning and “braving” as a Teaching Artist with you. Let's get in touch and see what we can build.

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