Teaching Artist Workshop


Thursday & Friday, June 20 & 21, 2019, 9am-5pm
Metropolitan Arts Center, 126 N Main St, Dayton OH 45402

Led by artists and educators from the highly acclaimed Ping Chong + Company (NYC).

The Teaching Artist Workshop offers a dynamic and interactive two-day intensive engagement with Ping Chong + Company’s school- and community-based work, focusing on the company’s acclaimed arts education program Secret Histories.

Secret Histories is an in-school residency program in devised theater and storytelling practices, fostering empathy, cross-cultural understanding and confident self expression, alongside theater and storytelling skills. Over the course of the residency, students collaborate to identify, unearth, develop, script and perform their own personal stories around themes of identity, place and belonging.

The Teaching Artist Workshop cultivates effective pedagogical practice and shares the process of designing and facilitating a PC+C Secret Histories residency. In the training we will:

  • Explore and share dynamic approaches for cultivating ensemble community in the classroom.
  • Activate strategies for devising performance work with young people.
  • Experience PC+C’s specific arts education practices and strategies for generating content, scripting and staging.
  • Collaboratively map a typical Secret Histories residency.
  • Examine the foundations of arts pedagogy that underpin this work.
  • Share and exchange theater-in-the-classroom activities and best practices in teaching artistry

Please apply to join us!  Participants in the Teaching Artist Workshop should be practicing interdisciplinary performance makers (theater, dance, spoken word, etc.) and visual artists with a background in and passion for arts education. Participants will gain new approaches to their vocation as educators, will cultivate a new community of teaching artist peers and will be considered for Muse Machine’s 2019-20 pool of teaching artists who help to deliver PC +C Secret Histories engagements with Dayton-area schools.

The artist workshop is open and free to Dayton area artists working independently or in colleges and universities. Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch provided each day.

Register here

Ping Chong + Company Artist Bios

Eric Aviles is an actor, writer, teaching artist and activist based in NYC. He has performed nationally at El Teatro Campesino, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Teatro Vista, The Magic and INTAR.  Through many roles, Eric examined the Latino experience in the U.S. He is the winner of the 2018 NY Innovative Theater Award for “Outstanding Original Full Length Script” and nominee for “Outstanding Solo Performance” for his solo play Where You From? What You Be About?  Eric has more than 15 years of teaching-artist experience working with youth and adults in schools, community centers and prisons.

Ryan Conarro is a devised theater maker, educator, and community engagement facilitator. As PCC’s Artistic Collaborator in Residence and Community Projects Associate, his recent projects include the interdisciplinary performance work ALAXSXA | ALASKA, and community project and podcast CIHA STORIES through ArtPlace America. His work has been seen at the Kennedy Center; La MaMa; National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian and Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Recognitions include: Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award; Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Individual Artist Award; and three Alaska Broadcaster’s Association Goldie Awards for work as a radio journalist and storyteller.

Vaimoana (Moana) Niumeitolu is a painter/muralist, poet, singer, actress and educator. She was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga; raised in Hawa’ii and Utah and is based in NYC. She has been designing curriculum and facilitating education initiatives all over NYC and has led community-based art programs across the U.S. and internationally. She has directed and written over 20 educational theater productions with youth including, a production being performed at Lincoln Center in New York City last year. She has completed community murals globally, is the founder of a female music and poetry trio and has authored two original plays.