"As a Citizen-Artist, I recognize that I am fortunate to dedicate myself to the arts. Because of that privilege, I have learned lessons about persistence, grit, problem solving, creativity and communication. It will be my honor to pay those lessons forward." - Margo Drakos, ArtistYear Creed
I truly believe that all students should have access to grow, learn and create. Through my work as a teaching artist, my goal is to push my students past their inhibitions and expectations to learn more about themselves and how their work can positively influence their own lives as well as the community around them.
I am currently a resident teaching artist with the Walnut Street Theatre, where I am teaching Acting for Film/On-Camera Scene Study and Acting Fundamentals for both adults and children. As a teaching artist with the Walnut Street Theatre, I've taught in-person and virtual courses since March of 2020. Prior to this, I was partnered with Walnut Street Theater and Episcopal Community Services to bring Social Emotional Learning (SEL) infused lessons to K-8 classrooms. Through this we devise an original piece to be performed at the end of the residency.
I've also served with Mantua Theater Project for several years, a program inspired by New York City's highly successful "52nd Street Project". We bring "play-making" into the classrooms of schools where arts programming is scarce. We work one-on-one with students to create plays that explore their experiences and bring them to life on stage with professional actors at the end of our process! I've been both a performer and teaching artist with this program for 4 years, and I am so proud of the work we do.
To learn more about these programs and services, please visit their respective websites linked above!
With more than 8 years of experience and many lessons learned in artistry, community, failure, and everything in between I am who I am because of my craft, my students and the organizations built to raise our young people up - while taking me along for the ride.