Creating just, inclusive communities through engaging, innovative drama.
Since 2002, Megwyn Sanders-Andrews has utilized theater and drama to promote teacher and student success through arts integrated learning, foster self-advocacy and self-expression for all individuals, eliminate barriers to access and participation in the arts and foster engaged, diverse communities through innovative arts programs. Megwyn holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University. She spent seven years as an educator in secondary and post-secondary settings as well as eight years in the non-profit sector. In her current position with Children’s Theatre of Madison, Megwyn works to provide accessible and inclusive theater programs and productions. Megwyn’s past positions include Program Director at VSA Wisconsin, Artistic Director of Kaleidoscope, and Coordinator of the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts at F.E.G.S in New York, NY.
Dr. Sanders-Andrews offers professional development sessions for teachers at every level, from 4K to college, on how to promote student success - for every learner - through arts integrated instruction. Each workshop is designed to align instruction with Common Core Standards and Universal Design for Learning.
FOR THEATERS AND THEATER PROGRAMS
"Theater is where all the quirky people are. They accept everybody." ~ An actor with autism.
Dr. Sanders-Andrews provides training to theaters, universities and schools on creating inclusive theater productions and programs for, by and about people with autism and other disabilities.
FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Dr. Sanders-Andrews specializes in creating inclusive, accessible classes, programs and arts experiences for children and adults with disabilities in community, non-profit and health and human services agencies. From drama classes for children with autism to using drama to plot out goals and objectives for adults with cognitive disabilities to creating original theater productions for people with disabilities the possibilities for promoting self-advocacy, self-expression and self-esteem are endless.
FOR THOSE WITH STORIES
Do you or your group have a story that must be told? A social justice issue or personal narrative that you are driven to speak out about? An issue impacting the student body that you need to spread the word about? This workshop/rehearsal series will help you collectively craft your story into an original theater production so that you can tell your story or spread awareness about your issue in an innovative, engaging, impactful way.
FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
"The theater itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution."
- Augusto Boal.
Drama games and exercises are exceptional tools for fostering dialogue, collaboration and community led engagement and providing techniques for a multi-faceted analysis of issues of social justice. In this participatory theater workshop for students, activists and non-profit professionals, we, as actors with agency in our own lives, will create a space to analyze and rehearse interventions that fight back against systematic and daily oppressions, resolve interpersonal conflict and work toward justice that's restorative, not retributive.