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"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. 

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Life is a Dream | Plaza de la Raza CAP | Teaching Artist & Assistant Director

I wrote an original play with CAP students. 

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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. 

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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 to create 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

Screenwriting Professor

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

 

Adjunct Professor

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 towards their creative writing goals.

  • Developed diverse, innovative, engaging curriculum, lesson plans, and syllabus on Canvas

  • Captivated students imagination 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

Screenwriting/Directing/Producing Professor

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 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 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

  • Prop building

  • Set building

  • Set painting

  • Playwriting: I wrote and conceptualized two plays with the students which was 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

*Complete teaching resume available upon request