ASU / CATHOLIC CHARITIES PARTNERSHIP
As part of our Community-Based Theatre class, I collaborated with peers Rachel Hutzenbiler and Zoe Tyler in partnership with Catholic Charities to create an educational storybook and curriculum to facilitate the process of discussing the foster care licensing process with Arizona kinship foster families. We began with broad partnership goals of developing effective connections, shared values, and experiences of happiness delight, and on top of these we added three primary outcomes of interest for Catholic Charities: (1) making creative communications for families to learn about kinship foster care, (2) developing a plan for how to disseminate this new knowledge, and (3) forming structures to reduce shame and fear among caregivers and children.
Throughout our collaboration, we structured weekly check-in meetings where ASU students met with four members of the Catholic Charities team to gather information, present updates and creative choice points, and discuss possibilities for how the project might evolve in the coming week. After using research and role-playing to distill the key elements of the licensing process, Zoe, Rachel, and I each wrote the first-person story and created corresponding images for a different fictional kinship foster child. Catholic Charities weighed in on the progress of the book regularly throughout, and we workshopped it with people unfamiliar with the process. As a finishing touch, we created a voice-over version of the book and wrote series of activities that caseworkers can pair with the material. This project solidified my interest in working in community partnerships to facilitate and execute creative projects.
kinship foster care storytelling
using childhood play to facilitate shame resilience
"Monster Recess" will create a space that invites people (specifically ASU students) to reconnect with childhood through playing childhood games from recess and engaging with sensory items reminiscent of childhood. This project will emphasize the freedom of silliness and shame-free play, and it will also offer obstacles (the shame monster) to encourage people to consider how to defeat shame when it creeps in. This project builds on my research into shame resilience (pulling from Brené Brown and bell hooks), and I seek to continue to explore how shame resilience might facilitate accountability and shame-free collective imagination.
I am a member of an artist collective assembled by Kristina Friedgen to create an interactive performance event that seeks to make "DEI" (diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice) training more engaging, fun, and meaningful. We are working to create a cafe with mocktails and "conversation starters" that lead people to form relationships and discuss potentially uncomfortable topics. Our group is composed of ASU students who identify as actors, musicians, graphic designers, animators, and more.
making justice & inclusion training engaging
Everybody @ ASU
Facilitating care-filled rehearsal spaces
Kristina Friedgen and I collaborated to implement our ideas of creating a "Theatre of Radical Compassion" within ASU's production of Everybody by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. I acted as the "rehearsal facilitator," whereby I planned an initial gathering for the company, co-strategized with Kristina for how to most effectively centralize care and compassion in the rehearsal space, and designed & executed "facilitations" during rehearsals to connect company members, consider themes from the show, and model the type of compassionate community that we want to see on the broader societal level.
Photography: Tim Trumble
Lighting Design: Dawson Buckholz
Costume Design: Jenna Jacobsen
Scenic Design: Chloe Cobb