Freelance Drama Facilitator and Educator

Resume posted by MarenaFaye in Theatre.
Desired position type: Any.
Location: New York New York, United States

marenadunnington@gmail.com

Summary

My name is Marena Faye Dunnington. I am a highly driven, creative individual with a passion for utilizing the dramatic arts to support and inspire vulnerable and at-risk young people. I have 5 years of experience in creating and delivering workshops and classes that focus on a wide range of topics, including prejudice and bystander intervention; creating access into a community of individuals with visible differences; as well as various topics on mental health and wellbeing. These workshops utilize drama to build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience skills. With a Masters degree in Applied Theatre, I have extensive training in a significant number of applied theatre techniques, including forum theatre, devising, educational theatre, process drama, theatre of the oppressed, conflict-resolution drama, and intercultural and intergenerational theatre. Beyond this, I have 6 years of experience as the founder and director of a theatre camp that’s primary focus is to engage young people who do not have access to the performing arts in Hawaii. Through this experience I have been able to hone my leadership skills by successfully leading a staff of 8-10, as well as a group of 20-30 children nearly every summer for the past 6 years. I hope to secure a job in the tri-state area, beginning as soon as October 2017, as a drama teacher or facilitator of a program or school that works with individuals who struggle with mental health, or feeling othered. I am also interested in providing opportunities in the dramatic arts for young people who have limited access to it.

Skills

  • Facilitating drama workshops for young people with mental health issues and craniofacial differences.
  • Directing theatre pieces.
  • Facilitating audience/actor talk-backs for Applied Theatre productions.
  • Directing theatre summer camp.

Spoken Languages

  • English,
  • French

Education

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK – 09/2015 – 09/2016
MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Social, and Community Contexts – Graduated with Merit
Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, USA – 08/2011 – 05/2015
BA in Theatre: Directing, Acting, Performance Studies – 3.22

Experience

Founding Organizations-

Keiki Performing Arts Workshop, Waimea HI, USA (2011-Ongoing)
Founder, Head Coordinator, Director, Advertising
● Direct two-week summer theatre camp for 30 primary school students
● Coordinate activities and plan theatre exercises/games and schedules
● Develop and direct final performances
● Train staff of 7 and run daily pre and post meetings

Waimea Community Teen Theatre Troupe now ‘Kahilu Youth Theatre’ (Established 2010)
Founder, Past President, Performer, Community Outreach, Producer
● Began non-profit theatre company for young people to engage in the arts in Hawaii
● Performed in and produced production of RENT
● Raised $3,000 for Hawaii AIDS foundation with RENT
● Performed in and produced several fundraising concerts for Keiki Performing Arts Workshop

Paid Theatre Facilitation/Education Work-

Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, Allentown PA, USA (Fall 2012 – Spring 2015)
Director of “Face Forward” and Head Facilitator of “Youth and Prejudice Conference,”
● Facilitated 6 workshops for students about prejudice and reducing hatred/bullying
● Directed play “Face Forward,” which deals with issues young people faced during the Holocaust
● Trained actors to be facilitators and engage in talk-back with audience
● Led talk-back with audience about the play and the meaning of the work

Summer Music Theatre: Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA (Summer 2014)
Assistant Director of musical “Spamalot”
● Assisted renowned director Jim Peck in directing process
● Took notes and distributed them to actors
● Attended and took notes for all rehearsals and production meetings

Camp Imagine, Allentown PA, USA (Summer 2013)
Intern, Teacher’s Assistant for middle school students, Workshop facilitator
● Assisted staff in production, coordination, and conflict resolution
● Ran pre and post workshops for “Suessical The Musical,” and reducing hatred workshops
● Collected feedback data to improve camp

High School Performing Arts Workshop, Allentown PA, USA (Summer 2013)
Intern, Assistant Director for high school students, Trainer
● Assisted staff of 4 with daily warm-ups, song prep, and directing musical “Spring Awakening”
● Worked with students individually to improve performance
● Ran several workshops on monologues, and performance development
● Maintained blog showcasing monologue material for students

Kids for All Seasons: Four Seasons Hualalai, Kona, HI, (Summer 2012-Winter 2013)
Counselor, Attendant, Activity Leader
● Cared for and attended to children ages 5-12
● Assisted and led projects and activities
● Engaged children in educational and fun activities, many of which employed dramatic techniques

Unpaid Work Experience-

Microtia UK, London, UK (June 2016)
Drama Workshop Facilitator
● Planned and executed two multigenerational drama workshops for individuals with craniofacial differences and their parents, which focused on positive self identity, group identity, the language we use to discuss visible differences, and challenging prejudice/stigmas

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, London, UK (January 2016 – June 2016)
Assistant facilitator for inclusion program “Whatever Makes You Happy”
● Assisted program for two groups of vulnerable young people (ages 7-11 & 14-19), two days/week
● Planned and executed first hour of drama session called “safe space”
● Assisted drama teacher in all activities and games, which aim to build confidence, self-esteem, and resilience skills
● Assisted drama therapist with one-on-one pastoral care throughout sessions

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, London, UK (February 2016)
Youth engagement support for half-term program “Lewisham Arts College” for hard to reach youth
● Assisted tutors with singing & songwriting class
● Assisted with pastoral care
● Assisted with front-of-house duties

Scuola Acciaiuoli-Istituto Comprensivo Galluzzo, Florence, IT (Spring 2014)
English Teacher
● Taught English to Italian reception students one day a week
● Created weekly lesson plan for basic English lessons

Union Terrence Elementary School, Allentown PA, USA (Spring 2012)
Teacher Assistant for Emotional/Behavioral Support Class
● Assisted teacher 3 hours per week in class of twenty 8-11 year olds with emotional/behavioral difficulties
● Worked with students individually on reading, math, and writing