"Guest playwright Sarah Louise Wilson led the 47 students, who range in age from 11 to 18, in a series of writing exercises about bullying. She asked whether they’d been bullied, and whether they’d bullied other people. Everyone had a story to write, Wilson said -- and she took those stories and incorporated them into the adaptation. When the curtain rises, the hero of the play is being picked on by other kids. He becomes popular and starts bullying others, and is eventually humbled himself."
Bullying: Fighting back, from the stage
By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
May 13, 2011 12 AM PT
Y.E.L.L. | Plaza de la Raza CAP | Teaching Artist & Assistant Director
I wrote an original play with the CAP students.
Life is a Dream | Plaza de la Raza CAP | Teaching Artist & Assistant Director
I wrote an original play with CAP students.
Filmmaking Teacher | Premier Film Academy | Almaty, Kazakhstan
Below is a production still from one of the shorts movies my student wrote.
I did lighting and camera operating for them.
CSSSA Full-Time Writing Faculty
California Institute of the Arts / Summer 2023
Taught the fundamentals of screenwriting to 60+ youths from around the United States
Anti-Racist Curriculum Writer/Co-Founder/Content Creator
C.A.R.E. /California / 2020-present
C.A.R.E. is committed to transformation through intention and action. We are a group of people who believe that people are important, and we MUST preserve that truth through strategic and deliberate actions that uphold diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice to advocate for human and civil rights. Our group is determined to actively work in collaboration to reform education, debt servitude, and political reform that will benefit all people. We are dedicated to helping children, families, educators, and communities by connecting people to existing programs that aid in restorative justice and creating new programs that will aid in restorative justice, education reform, housing reform, prison reform, and policy changes.
Co-authored an innovative, creative anti-racism curriculum designed to teach and provoke diverse thought and empathy in all participants
Created and produced inclusive, thought-provoking discussion series through the lens of the Black American experience past and present
Animated, edited, and produced short-form video content aimed at, energizing, informing, and intriguing audiences about social justice, anti-racism education, and social reform
IT University /Kazakhstan / 2019 - 2019
Through strong organizational and creative communication skills, I was able to empower over 60 multilingual students to learn the art of screenwriting.
Integrated technology into classroom instruction including video, online learning platforms, and exciting in-person exercises
Created an effective learning environment that fostered students’ intellectual curiosity and growth
Energized students to share their diverse stories about social issues through the art of storytelling
Mount Saint Mary’s/Los Angeles/2018-2018
Through my professional experience within the media sector, I was able to teach and inspire 20 undergraduate students toward their creative writing goals.
Developed diverse, innovative, engaging curriculum, lesson plans, and syllabus on Canvas
Captivated student's imaginations with in-person exercises
Recorded grades and submitted reports
Through a transparent, collaborative, and open approach, I was able to inspire student engagement which lead to the completion of thoughtful, powerful, original feature-length screenplays
Turan University, Action Lab, Premiere Film Academy/Kazakhstan / 2014-2016
Over the course of five years, I taught well over 100 students in Kazakhstan the fundamentals of filmmaking which included directing, acting, producing, editing, and cinematography.
Worked with colleagues from diverse ages, socioeconomic, cultural, and academic backgrounds
Devised creative and inclusive ways to communicate with students within multilingual classes
Trained amateur and professional filmmakers in the art of screenwriting, producing, cinematography, and editing
Coordinated, mentored, and guided students and professionals to complete 25 short award-winning movies, 50 short screenplays, and one feature-length movie that also went on to win multiple awards
Teaching Artist/Assistant Director/Playwright
Plaza de la Raza CAP Program/Los Angeles/2001-2016
I worked with diverse, collaborators in a non-profit theater program where we empowered and supported students and the community to share issues of social justice which resulted in conceptualizing, writing, producing, and performing full-length plays with musical elements on an annual basis both at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theater and at The Walt Disney REDCAT theater. CAP employed the pedagogy of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed under the direction of BJ Dodge, my mentor, in order to engage and connect with the students and community at large. I am inspired by the power the theater has to evoke empathy through building community, resolving conflicts, therapy, healing, and government legislation. Augusto Boal wrote in his book, Theater of the Oppressed, that theater is a “weapon for liberation”. I believe this to be true because, throughout my sixteen years of collaboration with the CAP program, I and so many others were truly liberated.
Coached and directed actors
Playwriting: I wrote and conceptualized two plays with the students which were performed at The Walt Disney REDCAT Theater
Collaborated in securing National Endowment for the Arts Grant funds
Integrated personal as well as Meisner acting technique, and Linklater Voice Training in order to help encourage students to find their confidence and sense of creative autonomy while maintaining a sacred respect for the collaborative nature of theater