GOAL: I want to actively engage my students on their feet and at their desks through experiential learning ideas that inspire creativity and focus.
Every educator wants to creatively engage their students in diverse and effective ways that honor various learning styles. This workshop will explore a series of arts engagement strategies and activities that will help differentiate your instruction and inspire even the most tentative educator to bring fun and interactivity into the classroom.
- Date: Friday, March 20 | 4–6 p.m.
- Workshop Fee: $45 ($35 if you register by March 6)
- Instructors: Suzy Messerole and Siddeeqah Shabazz
Suzy Messerole (she/her, Central High School, Saint Paul)is a teaching artist, director and community activist who works at the intersection of theater and social change. She is the co-artistic director of Exposed Brick Theatre, chair of the Theatre Department at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists and on the leadership team for the Million Artist Movement.
Siddeeqah Shabazz (she/they) is the co-education program manager at the Guthrie. She has worked with Pillsbury House and Theatre as a youth coordinator and teaching artist for six years with a focus on social and emotional learning. Siddeeqah is also an actress around the Twin Cities and a member of the Drag Story Hour at Pillsbury House and Theatre.
Creating a Collaborative Classroom Environment
GOAL: I want to empower myself and encourage my students to create a collaborative and communicative classroom environment.
The classroom can be a creative, collaborative space for all subjects. By planning for and embracing the unexpected, educators can design and lead a variety of energetic, interactive, activity-based lessons. This workshop will introduce activities based in the creative process of theater and practice the skills necessary to lead them so you will feel motivated to enthusiastically, creatively and effectively bring arts-inspired activities into the classroom.
- Date: Saturday, April 18 | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Workshop Fee: $45 ($35 if you register by April 4)
- Instructors: Jessica Finney and Katherine Pardue
Jessica Finney (she/her) is a theater artist, educator and licensed associate marriage and family therapist. She is a lead teaching artist with Upstream Arts and has taught with the Guthrie Theater, Pillsbury House and Theatre, Project SUCCESS, Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools and other community partners.
Katherine Pardue (she/her, Roseville Area High School and North Community High School, Minneapolis)is a director and theater educator in Minneapolis. She has worked extensively in devised and socially conscious theater and new work development both locally and in New York. As a teaching artist, she has worked with Jungle Theater, Children’s Theatre Company and Powerhouse Theater. Katherine is a graduate of Oberlin College.