Since 2002, Alyssa has facilitated theatre, writing and arts workshops in a variety of non-traditional settings in the US and the UK. 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 Lead 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.
Most recently, 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, supported a teaching artists development program, and collaborated with a kick-ass management team. She also served as adjunct theatre faculty for Columbia College Chicago practicing a liberatory education pedagogy in 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.
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