As, a theatre professional with 35+ years of performance and workshop facilitation experience, creating this space for spontaneous engagement and spirit of play is a vital component of all my work. I have seen first hand how it offers each individual access to the collective creative process. In a performance setting, the spirit of play invites individual participation and personal engagement. In a workshop and/or residency, it further encourages teamwork and creative exploration. And it makes learning fun, much to the delight of students and teachers. Through playing, learning happens in a different, sometimes more meaningful, way.
This approach has led to many successful partnerships with notable Virginia Institutions, such as: Young Audiences of Virginia, The Chrysler Museum of Art, The National DDay Foundation, The Virginia Aquarium and The Virginia Hemophilia Foundation. All of these partnerships resulted in interactive original theatre productions that greatly supplement their ongoing educational programs. Programs that were enjoyed by over 400,000 Virginia students, teachers, and parents to date.
Yes, I must admit that I love it as well. I, too, feel energized when engaging with students, educators, and/or adults in a co-creative process. I liken it to the air after a thunderstorm has passed. An exciting energy is released and then we all breath in the resulting freshness of the moment. Lofty and poetic, I know. But when it happens, it is also just a simple truth of experience. You know it when you feel it, this exponential creative space, this experience of being apart of something greater than ourselves.
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