Posted Sunday April 22 2018 at 10:05 pm
Hi! I am a teaching artist with a flair for the dramatic. Each lesson encourages improvisation and teaches skills for bringing original characters to life on stage, and storytelling. Theater education helps people gain confidence and freedom of expression in their communication and creative abilities to share their story. And I believe everyone has a story.
As a child, my dad tried desperately to get me to love going fishing with him, but what I loved best were his "Big Fish" stories. Family dinners were like private performances, watching him spin family legends out of everyday happenings. I practiced his flair, regaling my friends on the playground with stories of simple adventures about getting ready for school or making cookies. The topic wasn't important; it was about the action of sharing and entertaining. Fast forward a few years, and I was singing in choirs and starring in school plays (annoyingly memorizing everyone's lines and cueing them onstage when they got stuck). The "acting bug" bit me early, and it may be one of the reasons I'm so passionate about designing and directing creative theater programs for children and teens.
After getting my degree in Theatre from Florida Gulf Coast University, I worked in professional theaters, voiceover acting, and radio journalism. For 10 years, I told the stories of the companies and nonprofits where I worked, building a career in public relations and marketing by day and creating larger than life comedic and dramatic characters on stage by night.
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Posted Wednesday March 28 2018 at 3:16 pm
Hello! I am Rebecca Elowe, actor/musician/educator. As a performer and educator, I use the arts to inspire others to question, connect, and engage. I love when art asks difficult questions, and I believe that through theatrical experiences, we learn to work together to discover possible answers.
At four years old, I decided that I wanted to be a professional violinist. Too small for a real violin, I was first handed a homemade version - a tissue box with a toilet paper roll attached to it. I eventually graduated to the real thing and continued to love the violin while also discovering new interests - singing, dancing, acting, and eventually circus arts. I discovered the true extent of my passion for the arts when I realized that I could combine all of these interests into one piece of theatre. My favorite performances integrate many forms of storytelling (movement, music, puppets, and more) and inspire a sense of play and wonder.
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Posted Thursday March 08 2018 at 5:03 pm
Hello! I'm Ali Blake, artist, educator, wonderer, maker, and COOL teaching artist in the OSDC program at Dorchester's Community Academy of Science and Health this academic year!
The largest question that drives my artistic (and research) practice these days is "what is the significance of creating and wearing our own clothes?"
This experience, I propose, allows us to learn about ourselves and each other through the active work of making and wearing our own clothes (together). Making our own clothing, on our own terms, sharing that (and thus ourselves) with the world, and engaging with the significance from and future possibilities within this act is a powerful experience.
This persistent thread of questioning and creating and teaching through wearable making has grown through explorations in my own clothing-making and clothing-wearing experiences throughout my life. I began to explore this most explicitly as an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design, where I studied Textiles along with Gender, Sexuality, + Race and Environmental Studies.
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