Speaking

I’m available for speaking/workshops on a variety of topics, from theatre to fiction writing. Listed below are some of my talks that I can bring to your school, book club, or writer’s group.

Theatre Workshops:

Kids (can be adjusted for ages 5-12):

Theatre: Speak Up, Act Up

This theatre workshop is focused on how theatre skills can be used to prevent bullying in the classroom. In ~45 minutes I will work with students to increase empathy and give them the skills they need to stand up for themselves and for each other- all through a framework of theatre.

Girl Power Theatre:

Tailored specifically towards Girls’ Schools, this forty-five minute program will allow girls to step outside the roles usually afforded to them in theatre and challenge themselves to discover new ways of moving about the world.

Older students/ adults:

Musical writing bootcamp/ Playwriting bootcamp:

In this workshop (adjustable from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours), I bring students through the process of writing a play or musical, from first ideas to fleshing out a plot, character development and play structure. This is an interactive workshop, in which I create along with the students, giving them the tools they need while providing examples.

Theatre Talks:

More aimed at high-schoolers/ adults:

Writing a musical: The Ups and Downs

In this talk I give my experience with bringing a musical to Broadway- the challenges I’ve faced, my most exciting moments, and the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Fiction Workshops:

Kids (can be adjusted for ages 5-14):

The Heart of Storytelling

In this interactive workshop, I work with students to get to the core of what it means to tell a story. This gives students a profound power to move forward with, a tool that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Building a Story:

This extended workshop runs for a week, giving the students more time to really dig in to the story, allowing them to develop a story of their own. Through interactive workshops the students get the opportunity to work with me, work with their peers, and bring their own imagination the page. At the end of the week the students will have their own small books to bring home and show their parents.

Older students/ Adults:

Building a Story:

This workshop is a more in-depth version of the one previously listed, working at a slightly quicker pace with a focus on building a short story. At the end of the week the students will have a completed short story and a set of tools to move forward with editing.