Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Kathya Alexander
Partner Type
Individual
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Individual Bio or
Organizational Statement
Kathya Alexander is a writer, actor, storyteller, and teaching artist. She was Writer-in-Residence at the prestigious Hedgebrook Women Writer’s Retreat, was chosen for Freehold Studio’s Diversity Scholarship, and won the Fringe First Award for Black to My Roots: African American Tales From The Head And The Heart for outstanding new production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Her writing appeared in Raising Lily Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace and Colors Northwest Magazine. She authored God the Mother: A Creation Story and the God The Mother Calendar. Kathya’s plays include David & Jonathan: A Modern Day Re-Telling of the Biblical Story staged at Seattle Rep and the Neptune Theater; Dream’n (adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream); HumaNature; Native Sons & Daughters, part of the Intiman’s American Cycle series; HomeGoing; A Taste of Prison; Three Strikes on Trial; Nappy Roots: A Fairy Tale (about hair and African American girls’ self-esteem); and Little Rock Nine (children’s play about the integration of Central High School). She has a degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana and is a member of the African American Writers Alliance and the Seattle Storytellers Guild.

Contact Information

First Name
Kathya
Last Name
Alexander
Address
2211 S. LANE ST
Address 2
APT A
City
SEATTLE
State
WA
Zip
98144
Phone
206-351-5358

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
K-2, 3rd - 5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Type
Stories/lectures based on the Civil Rights Movement (told from a child's perspective) Original plays for youth (K-12) Writing instructor (3rd-12th) Spoken Word/Storytelling for youth (K-12) Poetry for youth (3rd-12th)  
Discipline
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Theater

Experience

Previous School Partnerships
Other Trainings or Certifications
Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
No
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Yes
Experience with English Language Learners
Yes
Experience with Students in Special Education
Yes

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
I have been a teaching artist for 10+ years. My philosophy of teaching art is to empower youth to take ownership of the process by including them in all aspects of the production. Youth decide the idea of the play they want to do, improvise the script, aid in selection of music, choreography, light and sound depending on their interests. I work mainly with youth aged 5-18. I enjoy working with youth because their minds are so open without the censor that we get as adults, so it helps me as a writer to quiet my own censor. I work mostly with youth of color and at-risk kids from low socioeconomic backgrounds. I have worked with youth involved in the juvenile justice system to create plays about their life experiences and taught youth to be journalists to interview unsung heroes in the Rainier Valley. Most of the youth I've worked with have been from the Rainier Valley and the Central District, the most diverse and underserved areas of the city. I consider my ability to work with diverse populations my strongest asset.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Math Geography Science English Literature Music Art Dance Athletics
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
My greatest strength is working with diverse underserved populations, disadvantaged youth, youth affected by the criminal justice system and other forms of violence, youth with behavioral problems, ELL, and special education populations
Testimonials from Schools
KENNETH A. GILLGREN (206) 755-9578 ken@gillgrencommunication.com   ETHAN MCCARDELL, PASTOR LIGHT FOR LIFE CHURCH 206.245.4516 ethan.mccardell@gmail.com  
Mr. Gregory Davis Phone: (206) 914-1762 Email: rainierbeachneighborhood@hotmail.com

Fees

Fees
$50/hr (negotiable)

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Blood Red Riding Hood - original play at Orca K-8
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writing class at Sand Point
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Civil Rights storytelling with Whitman Middle School students for Black History Month
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Dream'n (hip hop adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream) w/Rainier Valley Youth Theater
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Dream'n (hip hop adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream) w/Rainier Valley Youth Theater

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