I am walking down the dirt road, my headscarf up over my nose to keep from breathing quite so much dust and smog, averting my eyes and trajectory from any men, and looking for the cement stanchions on the right-hand side that mark, for me, where I turn left. So many of the courtyard and […]
Collaboration is messy; it means fights, and feelings sometimes getting hurt. It means stepping back and trusting that the group knows the right direction, it means letting the story come organically instead of trying to force it.
Our second January series here on ALT/space was inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors. Completely independent of each other, four of our writers sent in a story relating a can’t, not, or aren’t in relation to art making. This is truly the beauty of ALT/space for me — how our […]
A short time ago, a small group of eleven year olds entered my classroom for the very first time. I stood in the hallway and greeted them as they looked anxiously between their schedule and my name on the door. I walked them in, let them know where they could set their stuff down, and […]
After a year off to take care of my new baby daughter (thank you United Kingdom and your awesome maternity policies!) and I was excited to get back into the classroom. Before I could start the in-school residency, however, there was a one-week training program where myself and other teaching artists from the National worked […]
She enters, pauses, then turns and walks stage right, and Inspector Dreyfus leaps out. She stops. “Why didn’t that work?” “You have to count to three. A full count. That was just a bit too long, and I think ‘M’ (the boy playing Dreyfus) wasn’t sure when to jump out.” “Yeah, I thought I was […]
Back in February, I was part of a unique experiment in collaboration with the students in my drama class. Partnering with the eighth grade humanities classes, under the direction of their teacher, Fady Tabbara, we attempted to create an original theater piece that dealt with the heavy subject of Modern Day Slavery. Fady and I […]
As I sat in in the center of the newly-dedicated, freshly painted outdoor cement basketball court, surrounded by a couple of hundred local folks watching youth I had worked with perform, it dawned on me that these local audiences are truly the best audiences in the world. At 7:00 pm on a Saturday night at the […]