'Devising' is building a theatrical production through a process where a creative team develops a show collaboratively with each contribution serving the narrative/story/plot as a whole. Devised theatre makers often begin their process without a script, involving some or all members of the production staff to create the text through improvisatory collaborations.
Please view this digital portfolio of my 'devised' applied theatre projects and contributions.
WHOLE HUMAN/ I AM BEAUTIFUL: ‘Ur Roots Amplified’ extended project
Creative Content Development Lead,
Community Engagement Project with Dept. of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, Teens with a Purpose
Summer-based creative applied theatre performative project; performance locations: project incorporated visual art, spoken word poetry, cultural dance, and audio recordings of 3 primary subjects highlighting the ‘whole human’ and their journey through life in Tidewater Gardens.
THE HIDDEN HISTORY: THE BANJO, A Celebration of Juneteenth
Project Lead, Project Consultant, Creative Content Development Lead
Creative performative project in script development and performance creation partnering with Zeiders American Dream Theater, City of VA Beach Cultural Affairs, VB GIGS, Teens with a Purpose, and Tidewater African Cultural Alliance.
INTERSECTIONS OF RACE AND GENDER JUSTICE: A Performative Discourse
Project Consultant, Creative Content Development Lead
Contributed Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed methodology of ‘Image Theatre’ and Cornerstone Theater Company’s ‘community-based collaboration technique’ for an interactive theatrical exploration of space, time, and body in response to attacks on the Capital in January 2021.
Consulted with the Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech and Virginia Tech Women’s Center.
THE RACE 2020
Creative Content Contributor
Contributed Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed methodology of ‘Image Theatre’ creative content for an interactive live-streamed theatre performance that combines spectacle and collaborative conversation to investigate the state of our democracy; consulted with the Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts and The Civility Project.
2020 ODU SUMMER ARTS SERIES: RESILIENT STILLNESS— A Project about Stillness and Togetherness
Project Lead, Creative Content Development Lead
Virtual Performative Community Engagement Project/Workshop
Documented in the creation of an archivable video montage, Resilient Stillness blends together each participant’s physical embodiment of embracing the theme of “stillness” during the COVID-19 pandemic. Led and provided a collaborative tool devised from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed technique ‘Image Theatre’ in which still images are used to explore abstract concepts, such as relationships and emotions, as well as realistic situations.
ADVENTUROUS TEEN SUMMER EXPERIENCE: ‘Ur Roots Amplified’
Project Lead, Creative Content Development Lead
Community Engagement Project with Dept. of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, Teens with a Purpose, and Open Norfolk
Summer-based creative applied theatre performative project; performance locations: Open Norfolk’s The Safe Creative Community Space (SCCS) and Garden, Norfolk Botanical Gardens, St. Paul’s Quadrant Neighborhood (Various outdoor locations)
AMPLIFIED: THE ST. PAUL’S PROJECT
Present Project Co-Lead, Creative Content Development Lead
Community Engagement Project with Dept. of Communication and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University, Teens with a Purpose, and New Virginia Majority
Amplified is an original devised theatre project exploring issues and perspectives of children of St. Paul’s Quadrant and the consequential effects of the redevelopment process. These stories will be woven together into an original performance piece that creates a dramatic dialogue using movement, text, music, and projections.
Living Beyond Southern Living: Personal Narratives from Southern Women
Project Consultant, Dept. of Women’s and Gender Studies at Virginia Tech
A year-long creative project in development from the VT Feminist Theory grad seminar, writing creative non-fiction essay about their relationship to social justice causes and/or feminism to be read/performed at the yearly Women’s and Gender Studies student showcase.
Three Hysterical Women: Explorations of Feminine Rage
An original theatrical production that embodies creative resistance against oppressive stereotypes and violence. By curating three original solo pieces into one production, we explored issues of inclusion and social disparity, including imposed gender roles and racial stereotypes. The work is relevant to our students and campus communities with a cathartic response to the #MeToo And TimesUp Movement.
Virginia Tech History Project, Voices in the Stone
Co-Collaborator with Dept. of Theatre and Cinema, Dept. of English, Dept. of History
Long-term creative project in anticipation of the university's 150th anniversary in 2022; site-specific dance/theatre piece focused specifically on the narratives of the first Black women to attend Virginia Tech in 1966.
Article from The Roanoke Times about VT History Project: https://www.roanoke.com/news/education/higher_education/virginia_tech/virginia-tech-council-telling-university-s-complex-history/article_2676c54f-41b3-5715-b787-d110f3ccf272.html
Black Love Exhibit, Special Presentation of 'Being B.A.D.'
Co-Collaborator with Virginia Tech Women’s Center
Performative, audience-immersive projects comprised of pairing with the Perspective Student Gallery, Virginia Tech Women’s Center, and Dept. of Theatre exploring the depths of embodying redemption through theatrical performance.
Devising Performance Workshop
Laboratory workshop involving the collection of interviews, transcribing and creation of an oral history performance piece.
Advancing the Human Condition Symposium
Engaging scholars, academics, and practitioners in transdisciplinary inquiry around the critical questions of our age, with equity premised as the driving force of our deliberations. Collaborated with Dr. Madeleine Flint, Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering and Materials and Virginia tech students to develop a piece on structural sustainability and human involvement.
Theatre for Young Audiences Program
Project Lead and Co-Collaborator
Service learning focused project, Community-based theatre, also known as theatre for social change, used Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and study the hallmark troupes and artists of the field. Co-taught service-learning component, students led workshops at Coile Middle School (Athens, GA), the Parkview Community Center (Athens, GA), and other site
Translating Identities, Queering Borders
Original devised theatre project utilizing collected personal narratives to explore the particular issues facing LGBTQ students, faculty, and staff at UGA and in the Athens community.
Devising Performance, Fall 2016, 2017, & 2018
Laboratory course involving the collection of interviews, transcribing and creation of an oral history performance piece.
Solo Performance Workshop
Interactive course traces and examines a selective history and development of Contemporary Solo Performance within the 20th and 21st Century; invites students of all levels to explore creating and performing original theatre works.
Director of Final Class Performance: "Beauty Unchained”- Our main preface for the project was to embody the essence of Black Theater.
Exploratory in Modern Dance Technique
Specialization in Hip-Hop, Modern, and Jazz technique.