Since 2002, Alyssa has facilitated theatre, writing and arts workshops in a variety of non-traditional settings in the US, UK, and Europe. She began her career running improvisational workshops for incarcerated adult men through the Prison Creative Arts Project. Alyssa then worked for seven years as a program manager and teaching artist for Storycatchers Theatre in Chicago, producing original musical theatre inspired by the personal stories of urban and incarcerated youth. She has extensive experience in personal storywriting and devised theatre, working with traumatized populations, and program management.
Alyssa was the program manager for the Arts Integration Mentorship Project (Project AIM) and the Teaching Artist Development Studio (TAD Studio) at Columbia College Chicago's Center for Community Arts Partnerships. With Project AIM and TAD Studio, she managed and coached a multi-disciplinary cadre of artists in arts integration residencies, facilitated professional development for teachers, and supported a teaching artists development program. She also served as adjunct theatre faculty for Columbia College Chicago for four years practicing a liberatory education pedagogy while teaching and supervising student teaching artists.
Alyssa holds a bachelors in theatre arts from the University of Michigan, and a masters in applied drama from the University of London-Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She was nominated for the 3Arts Award in Teaching Arts in 2016.
"Alyssa is an intense, dynamic and committed professional who really knows her craft." Jonathan Shailor, Professer of Communication at University of Wisconsin - Parkside
"Alyssa is a dedicated, passionate teacher with a real gift for engaging and inspiring teens. It is particularly notable that she is so effective working with young people whom many would categorize as difficult or "at risk." I have been very impressed with her attention to detail and her ability to track and record important data while managing a program with 15-25 teenagers. This is particularly important to me as the Grants Administrator for the organization - Alyssa is a gifted teaching artist with a talent for administration and organization, and that is a rare combination. She is also extremely effective at cultivating relationships with key adults in her students' lives, resulting in support from families and educators of the program participants." Rachel Combs, Development Director at Storycatchers Theatre
Please reach out to let me know about your project. I'm interested in a wide variety of teaching opportunities and can work with you to design a workshop or course that best suits your needs and budget.
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