Augusto Boal, Founder of Theatre of the Oppressed
Feeding my aesthetic and artistic efforts, my research is supported by the practice of PaR (Performance as Research). My areas of expertise are in Solo Performance, Race and Performance, and Activist Theatre.
I adapted a skill set and practice that presents an open forum for both theatrical and non-theatrical individuals to explore their own artistic curiosities using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed and Improvisational techniques. By providing resources and exercises for utilizing one’s own distinctive histories and experiences, I believe we can foster a community of artists built on confidence and artistic integrity. Through my research, I have devised ensemble and solo-based works exploring the adverse effects of violence in social media on the personal psyche and how narrative-based storytelling is used as a vessel for social resilience and redemption. These projects are called ‘Drama to Drama: From the Headlines to the Stage’. Specific topics explored, but not limited to, are Racial Injustice, Gender Equality, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Diversity/ Inclusion.
As a practitioner, I start many of my classes and performative projects with the following questions: what is the story and how can this work serve the community from within? My artistic praxis is divided into 4 parts: 1) concept, 2) creation, 3) performance, and 4) documentation.
My creative research is applicable in three areas: directing, performer/playwright, and devised works.
I utilize the practices and criterion set forth by governing tenure and promotion guidelines of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). ATHE serves as a strong advocate for maintaining that system through the establishing and sustaining of tenure-track and tenured positions for faculty in the field of theatre and performance studies.