David Molnar has been a part of the Mirror Image Arts team for the past 4 years. As our pro-bono evaluation specialist he has deepened our work by helping us track and prove that youth who participate in our program have cognitive empathy growth. He also continuously pushes us to think in new and innovative ways. When our Executive Director, Andrea Rabold first met David he was very skeptical of theatre especially as an art form that could elicit real change in an individual. This past semester David joined us out in the field to sit in on a session from our Finding Your Voice program and the follow up program, Shaping Your Voice. Below are his thoughts on these experiences.

One of the first goals and greatest achievements of Mirror Image Arts is creating a safe space. Safe space is a precondition for achieving the other goals. Creating a safe space is a collaborative effort between the teaching artists and the students. While schools, homes and other institutions prioritize physical safety, the emphasis here is on emotional and social safety. A safe environment is something that some students have rarely felt.


Participation is one element of a safe space. The teaching artists use theater techniques to help manage a potentially rowdy bunch of very young children. Participation assures the children become co-creators of a safe space rather than mere observers. Experiencing their power to create a safe space is an element in their transformation from passive bystanders into active upstanders. So begins their rehearsal for reality! A powerful element of participation is the emphasis put on students making a choice. We are a nation of victims where adults say, “I have to” or “I can’t” rather than taking responsibility for their choices. Teaching artists call on students to “make another choice.” Here there can be poor choices, but not bad kids. Even if this were Mirror Image Arts’ only achievement, it would be transformational in the lives of these children.

Respect is a second element of a safe space. Students show respect verbally, but also with body language and facial expression—another contribution of theater techniques. These children are learning to use their bodies to communicate. Actually, they are learning through their bodies—an opportunity I never had despite my privileged education. Through these visible, physical signs of respect, students can build trust in this environment. Without this high level of trust, how could they have the courage to experiment with “making another choice” or challenging their bullying stereotypes?

Perhaps the most important element of a safe space is that promises are kept. Ground rules are clearly stated and students are called to actively affirm these agreements. Here there is no such thing as silent consent. These agreements are consistently enforced as promised, but enforcement doesn’t feel punitive. When necessary, the teaching artists engage a child as distressed—not as a “bad kid.” The teaching artists are modeling empathy. Together with trust being established, promise-keeping creates a predictable environment. Safety is a treasure when you live in the vortex of a cyclone at home and in school!

Having established the precondition of a safe space, the teaching artists can focus on achieving other program goals. Students go on to learn what distinguishes bullying from a mean moment or just joking. By the conclusion of this program, students have learned how to identify a physically, emotionally and socially safe environment. By “rehearsing for life” students develop communication skills and conflict resolution skills.

By Mitch Marquez, miARTS Teaching Artist

 

I’m very lucky to have stumbled upon Mirror Image Arts. I wasn’t looking for anything even in this realm of work. I wasn’t really looking for work in theater, I definitely wasn’t looking for anything having to do with education or working with people in the community. I was kind of just slowly wandering through the Denver film scene. A friend from an acting class mentioned this opportunity and honestly I didn’t understand much about it beyond that it was a chance to act. The more I learned, the more interested I was and I couldn’t find any reason not to try it out. I turned out to be a strong believer in what the program was doing. It’s so important to address community issues and work to build social skills at a young age. The arts have the ability to do that in a very effective way.

I had very little experience with kids. I don’t think I had ever performed for a child before starting with Mirror Image Arts. I really didn’t know how perceptive kids could be. The aspects of humanity that translate between adults and children are staggering. Life is life. It’s cool to me that we can live so differently day to day but when it comes to dealing with people, we are the same. The kids are able to engage with these characters and empathize with them in such an impressive way; they always want to help. I love during our program when I am in character as TJ or Alex and I have the chance answer the kids questions or hear their advice. It’s always really satisfying to have a kid hone in on an issue you’re having and work it out with you.

The work is hard. It’s not the type of thing I feel I can show up and just go through the motions, kids see through the facade and will easily check out. I feel like I’m constantly going outside of my comfort zone. Interacting with people doesn’t come easily for me and having to perform at the same time is a serious challenge for me. Life can be so isolating and the fact that I have so much in common with kids from all walks of life is a nice way to step off the island back to humanity. My biggest gain from my experience so far is how special the feeling of community is. It’s something I was aware I was missing but didn’t realize how important it was.

I feel lucky for this experience, it truly inspires me. I needed to do something that was based on something other than myself. Ironically it’s helped me in a lot of ways. It provides me a regular chance to practice my craft while teaching me things that have helped ground me. I’m very thankful for that.

By Chelsea Anderson, MY Denver Instructor, Denver Parks and Recreation

I spent most of my life in a very small town in Northern Wisconsin, and then a few years going to school in Madison, and one solid year exploring the city of LA. Last year I decided to make another move, hoping to find somewhere I could call home again. Moving into a new city is intimidating in many ways and The Lincoln Park/ La Alma community, where I found my first job working as a recreation instructor, is unlike anything I have ever encountered in my entire life.

Coming in, my supervisor told me that the neighborhood surrounding the recreation center had gone through a huge transition in the past few years when they had torn down many of the old houses in favor of new apartment buildings. This redevelopment pushed out a lot of families and the center stopped seeing as many kids walking through their doors. This, among other factors, was one of the main reasons why we were partnering with Mirror Image Arts, Speak Up, Speak Out! project. The hope was that the partnership would revitalize something that the community had lost and bring new vigor to empowering the youth and the community alike. I knew from the beginning that this was a project I wanted to be apart of. The partnership and the nature of MY Denver programming really pushed me to put myself out there and connect with kids in my program and community members in ways I never thought possible.

Initially, I was a little intimidated by the feeling of coming into the recreation center as an outsider. I would build up this idea of how people would react to me based on a fear of social disconnect rather than just going in for the “Hello.” Every time I pushed myself to talk to someone at the center or butted into a group of kids, I was genuinely surprised by the reaction. I was never met with a closed off attitude or unwillingness to at least understand who I was and where I was coming from. Who knew that if I had just extended my hand quicker, I would’ve integrated much faster into the community I would eventually call my home.

This wouldn’t have been clear to me and I also wouldn’t have known that I wasn’t alone in this sentiment if it hadn’t been for the community interviews and events we put on at the center with the help of our Speak Up, Speak Out! Youth Advisory Board. We heard from multiple people that there has been this feeling of social disconnect that is stemming from a change in built environment, transient neighbors, and “double hustlers” (folks working multiple jobs just to get by). The apartment buildings displaced families that had been there for years and brought in new people that didn’t know how to extend their hands to existing neighbors; leaving current residents unsure of how to extend their hand as well.

Being just south of downtown Denver and a center location to the light rail, many people coming through the neighborhood are very transient and therefore feel no concrete connection to the neighborhood. These people plus the parents and guardians of struggling families that are “double hustling”have no time to dedicate to their community and therefore push their families and neighbors to feel the same. When asked, many interviewees said that “community is togetherness, people who are willing to help one another, people who are willing to ask for help, to give help.” This is something that many community members around La Alma are no longer feeling. This is something that they want back. I know now that it starts with a simple “Hello”, but I also now know that it can’t stop there.

Currently, we are working to create a program through MY Denver that we can implement throughout the Parks and Recreation system based on our experiences at La Alma. From the very beginning, this project has grown with the needs of the community and I hope that is something that is never lost through it’s exploration into other communities throughout Denver. The outcomes of  Speak Up, Speak Out! will hopefully lead more communities through their own unique journeys as Mirror Image Arts and My Denver strive to enhance their sense of community through civic practice. Personally, I hope that I will leave the La Alma community with the inspiration to help their neighbors, no matter their walk of life.

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It’s the end of the year again – another 365 days around the sun – and I can’t help but celebrate! Why? Because every month this past year seemed to bring amazing new developments for Mirror Image Arts.

My main joy this past year has been the culture that Mirror Image Arts is cultivating not only as an organization but in the community. It makes my heart happy to be part of an organization that practices our values and mission.

Here is my short list of other things that made me proud to be a part of Mirror Image Arts:

1.) Adding Maya to the staff this year allowed us to have a Lead Facilitator for all the programs. A consistent Lead Facilitator led to better quality in our programming. However, the fact that we had MAYA join the team has led to so many more amazing things. Maya has supported our organization in countless ways, always giving, always coming up with new ideas, always, always, always on so many things. Thanks Maya for being the amazing team member that you are!

2.) The Speak Up, Speak Out project reached out to the community through the La Alma Rec Center. There were challenges from the beginning…the primary one being that we have never tackled anything like this before: developing a deep cross sector partnership with Denver Parks & Rec in order to have even greater impact. The culminating production was an amazing piece of community engaged theatre, and the relationships that were created through this project are what makes Mirror Image Arts the unique organization it is.

3.) The people that are part of the organization are AMAZING. This is what happens when everyone believes in the organization. Our Board, Staff, Volunteers, Artists, and Donors have supported the organization by going above and beyond enabling the tremendous growth we have experienced.

4.) Anderson Rabold. Granted, I had nothing to do with his creation or entry into the world – I am so excited that he has joined the Mirror Image Arts family (through Andrea and Jamey).

I feel like my list of things could go on and on, so join me at our next Brews & News, mention this post, and I’ll buy you a beer and tell you everything else. I’m not sure which one of us wins in that situation, but you’ll at least get a drink out of it!

Also, if you haven’t had a chance to ensure your impact this year…no worries, there is still time. We are raising $6000 by December 31st in order to impact 600 young people. We are over halfway there. Join us. Build Empathy. You won’t regret it. TO DONATEhttps://buildempathy.causevox.com/

All my best and Happy New Year!

Sabrina Bovay

Board Chair

 

A Performance Exploring Community, Change, and Coming of Age in the Lincoln Park/La Alma Neighborhood

Denver Parks and Recreation and Mirror Image Arts have teamed up to create a unique theatrical experience based on over 45 community interviews with the La Alma-Lincoln Park residents. “The Heart” resulted from the “Speak Up, Speak Out” project, a two year collaboration between the city’s MY Denver Card program and Mirror Image Arts that began by exploring the social determinants that affect Healthy Eating and Active Living.

“Denver Parks and Recreation strives to create healthy relationships within the communities. Speak Up, Speak Out has given the voice to the young adults in the La Alma community. Allowing them to become leaders and advocating for change within their communities. Their role has become vital in building those community relationships as they build leadership and life skills they can use as they become adults.”
-Tiffany Tungate, MY Denver

The effort launched on July 1, 2016 at La Alma Recreation Center in La Alma/Lincoln Park in Northwest Denver. Over the past 18 months MY Denver staff and Mirror Image Arts have worked with a Youth Advisory Board to develop and execute a plan to learn about the community through a listening party, coalition building, and interviews. In July, a team of artists from Mirror Image Arts along with MY Denver staff and youth from the La Alma-Lincoln Park neighborhood came together to explore the stories that exist within it, and to develop a script with local playwright, Larry Mitchell.

“Getting to know this neighborhood and the wealth of stories within it, working with these artists and youth in the neighborhood, and all of the discoveries that have come along throughout that process has forever changed the way I look at and think about neighborhoods, community, and even the collaborative effort of theatre, itself. I can’t wait to experience the final iteration of the project along with the people who inspired and contributed to the project. And, I can’t wait to see how that manifests itself as a lasting element within the community once the performances are over.”
– Larry Mitchell, Playwright

“The Heart, The Soul” will run Dec 7th-10th, 2017 @ La Alma Recreation Center, 1325 W 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80204

  • December 7th – 10:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • December 8th – 10:00 am and 7:00 pm
  • December 9th – 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
  • December 10th – 2:00 pm

Tickets are FREE

Reserve your ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-heart-the-soul-tickets-38609781897

About Denver Parks and Recreation

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 149-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. A variety of amenities and activities are available within our 27 recreation centers, as well as outdoor programs and sports for all ages and abilities.  MY Denver Card gives all Denver children, ages 5 to 18, free access to all outdoor pools, recreation centers and cultural facilities.  For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation, check us out on YouTube,

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About Mirror Image Arts

Mirror Image Arts uses theatre as language to inspire dialogue, encourage awareness and promote action in order to build a strong, compassionate and empowered community. Our work is a subset of applied theatre. Applied theatre occurs in non-traditional settings such as schools, libraries, recreation centers, etc. It is facilitated by professional actors/teaching artists and involves people working as a community to address an issue of social concern. Applied theatre does not merely create a public performance, it interacts with its audience through questions and discussion that focus on relevant issues in their lives.

This project is made possible due to generous funding by The Colorado Health Foundation and Imagine 2020.


Fulfillment, enrichment, empowerment. This sequence of words describes what it has meant for us to volunteer for Mirror Image Arts during the course of this past year. Ashley and I are the event chairs for the “I Got Your Back” annual fundraiser, and together we have volunteered over 180 hours.

Both Ashley and I are transplants to Colorado, but each of us equally has strived to make a positive impact in our community. To play a role in this organization that consistently works toward creating meaningful dialogue for our youth around life skills such as empathy, problem solving, critical thinking, and effective communication is truly fulfilling. Is there a better reward for your hard-work then knowing you supported a cause that will create real change in your community?

Each time we meet with fellow volunteers and the students and teachers impacted by Mirror Image Arts our lives are further enriched. When you volunteer for an organization like this one, you become a part of a large, very boisterous, family who challenge you to be more conscious of how your actions affect the community you live in.

Empowerment. This word has had more meaning to us over the past year. On days when we have felt as though we are unable to make a difference, a change, or that our voices are not heard in the chaos, we put more effort into the event (this could be the real source of why we have volunteered almost 200 hours!). We feel more empowered knowing that if we secure one more donation or one more source of entertainment, this event will raise enough funds to ensure that Mirror Image Arts will continue to provide Bullying Prevention and Arts Education programs at an affordable rate to low income communities.

Even though we work full-time and find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day, we continue to plan, organize, attend meetings, and reach out to the event committee, staff, donors and volunteers because our contribution is fulfilling, enriching, and empowering in our lives and those who benefit from Mirror Image Arts programming.

Join us on October 21st! Purchase Tickets Here.

 

Ali is center in the black t-shrit and sunglasses

How old are you?
17

What school do you attend?
East High School

What is your favorite subject in school?
I’m very passionate about science, not just hard chemistry or biology(though I do love them). But the science of learning about people, the mind, and society is what really has my heart. “Soft sciences” or the social sciences have always been my favorite.

What is your favorite activity outside of school?
Outside of school I’m always doing some sort of community event while trying to engage with and meet new people.

What is your favorite song?
Still Rock and Roll by Billy Joel

What is your favorite movie?
John Carpenter’s “The Thing”

What is your favorite book?
Set This House On Fire by Matt Ruff

Who is your role model and why?
I don’t consider myself to necessarily have role models but an old supervisor of mine, Eneri Rodriguez, is as inspirational and impacting as any role model can be. She has inspired me to be an individual in a world where people are scared to be. She has helped me to develop my views on the world and most importantly, she has inspired me to change the world. I hope one day to be as punk, inspirational, and just generally as cool as she is.

Where do you want to go college and why?
I’m really hoping to go to college in California. It is a rich state and the birthplace of ethnic studies, which is the major I hope to pursue. I want to experience the entire world, and I consider the large state of California as my running start.

What do you want to be in the future?
I firmly believe we are never done growing up. My only goal for my “grown” self is to say that I have done something to better a person, a community, perhaps a world. When I am grown up I want to dedicate myself towards a message of helping, no matter the size.

What do you like about being a part of Speak Up, Speak Out’s Youth Advisory Board?
SUSO has given me lots of opportunity to develop new skills in addition to exposure to new places and people. SUSO has been incredibly helpful in developing my level of critical thinking especially in relation to communities. I love the immense amount of learning I have gone through with Speak Up Speak Out.

Will being a part of this Youth Advisory Board help you as a person, if so how?
Perhaps what I do like about the Youth Advisory Board is how it has helped me as a person. The work we do promotes genuineness, connection, and community. These were not all things I valued as much until I became part of the Youth Advisory Board. These are also values essential to being, in my opinion, a good person.

By: Maya Osterman, Program Coordinator

I feel like this last month has been filled by me telling anyone and everyone who will listen that I am officially a full time Applied Theatre practitioner! I have had the honor of working with Mirror Image Arts for the past two years, and feel so lucky to call this organization my permanent home. My first month as the Mirror Image Arts Program Coordinator in true miARTS fashion has been jampacked. Since July, I have been in the field facilitating five “Finding Your Voice” 6-8 wk programs and four “Your Voice Matters” 90 minute programs, interviewing community members and devising a theatre experience for our Speak Up, Speak Out! project, and learning the in’s and out’s of the organization. I also just returned from my first American Alliance Theatre and Education (AATE) conference where Meghann and I presented on the value and process of evaluation. A common theme that kept coming up at this conference was “Why do you do this work?” so I thought I would take this opportunity to share my personal journey with Applied Theatre and why I do this work.

In the simplest form I do this work because it feeds my soul. With every experience, every moment, I get just as much out of it if not more than I put into it. It pushes me to think, feel, and be a deeper, more compassionate person to myself and others. It is exhausting and energizing, difficult and easy all at the same time. Even on days like today where I sit in a coffee shop pounding away at the keyboard all day, I have discovered something new about my work and how I view the world around me.

I was a “late bloomer” to theatre, only finding it at the end of my high school years. I grew up in a family of strong women who are huge advocates of Planned Parenthood. The local Planned Parenthood in Fort Myers Florida had a high school theatre troupe called The Source that performed plays on teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS awareness throughout local high schools. Not only did we go around and perform this play but we would have meetings at Planned Parenthood to make sure we were educated on the topics we were sharing with other students. I was in this troupe for a year and then for my last year of high school went to Idyllwild Arts Academy (a performing arts boarding school in California) to become a “serious actor”.  I decided to continue my theatre studies receiving my BFA at the University of Colorado – Boulder. However my real education was through the Interactive Theatre Project (ITP), an on-campus social justice theatre company I had the honor of being a part of all four years of college and was able to come back on as an Assistant Director for two more years after.

I will never forget my first encounter with ITP and the methodology of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. It was first year orientation and a few hundred of us piled into a large room. A group of actors performed a very disturbing play that ended with a drunk college girl going upstairs with a boy and inevitably being raped. The facilitators explained that we the audience now had the chance to ask the characters (the girl who had been raped, her best friend, the boy who had raped her, and his best friend) questions. For the next twenty minutes, the audience was in heated debate with each other and with the characters over the play they had just witnessed. I had never seen a group of strangers so activated and engaged, I was hooked. After the session I immediately went up to the facilitators and asked them how I could get involved. Trent and Rebecca became my greatest teachers, my awe inspiring mentors that opened up the world of Applied Theatre to me. There was no subject matter, no theme or idea we couldn’t and wouldn’t explore. What I so appreciated was the thought and care that went into exploring such triggering content for the actors and the audience. Theatre was a safe place that made space for the silenced, the marginalized.

Applied Theatre is an ephemeral experience with everlasting impact. Everyday is a brand new exploration that keeps you on your toes ready…hungry for more. It uplifts and highlights the importance of every voice and perspective. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and makes you think in a way you never knew you were capable of. There is no better feeling in the world as a facilitator of this work than when you see a light bulb go off in one of your participants whether that be because they have just discovered something new or have finally been validated in the way they feel. Applied Theatre is how I can be an ARTivist (artist and activist), miARTS is the space in which I get to be an Artivist everyday, and for that I am forever grateful.

Mirror Image Arts is a theatre for young audiences, simply stated, we work for and with young people. Here, Sam Provenzano, an alumni artist of Mirror Image Arts, shares an international perspective.

I recently came back to the U.S. from two weeks in Cape Town, South Africa where I attended an international Theatre for Young Audiences festival. Over 50 pieces from around the world gathered to share their work with their international colleagues over the course of 12 days. I saw some of the most life-changing theatre I have ever seen, regardless of intended audience. But the fact that all of these pieces were specifically crafted for young audience members made them that much more important.

Some of the pieces brought to South Africa were highly political and complex. These works were profound because they were complicating issues and were inviting the young audience to enjoy, challenge, and investigate the complications. One piece, a collaboration between the UK, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, was called Pim and Theo. I could not get tickets to this production but everyone who saw it was blown away. In this piece, high school age audiences enter through an installation on fascism and civil liberties, eventually ending up in the space with the characters of already dead Pim Fortuyn and Theo Van Gogh, two real-life men who were both murdered for their outspoken political beliefs and actions. The show uses live-video streaming and positions the audience to answer how far they would go to protect someone else’s rights. Here is a trailer for the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqnpfIH8oqA

http://www.pimandtheo.com/

My favorite piece by far was a South African George Orwell’s Animal Farm by a company called Shakexperience based in Johannesburg. This piece had six women performers who transformed into various animals and human through the use of simple props and costumes pieces with base costumes as guerilla-style fatigues. The transitions and storytelling were uniquely South African, as many audience members around me would burst into applause. laughter, or verbal response to what was happening on stage. What stuck with me about this production is that it did not shy away from either the humor or gruesome of reality.
Here is a video excerpt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZaM7gO3PZk

The only piece from the U.S. was called Seedfolk from Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. This piece is a one woman show where the actor depicts multiple characters from the same neighborhood hoping to transform a rat-infested lot into something more. While this a beautiful piece, I could not help but ask myself where was the rest of the U.S. representation?

In the U.S., Theatre for Young Audiences is not given the same weight as “adult” theatre. I wonder if it has something to do with how we as a society view childhood. I attend the University of Texas at Austin and I am studying drama and theatre for youth and communities and I have a professor that continually challenges how we discuss young people. Societally, there is a default of adult. Adult being the ultimate thing one can be and young people are working to get to “Adult”. Meaning they’re not necessarily full human beings yet, but they will be at the age of 18-25. Childhood is a moment in time that is held precious, but perhaps by doing so, we ignore the complexities of a child as a human. The idea that they are already full human beings with complex thoughts and emotions worthy of complex art.

There were multiples times throughout my theatre watching in Cape Town where I thought, “No way would that be put on a U.S. stage.” During these moments though, I would look around at the young people fully engaged in whatever was happening. Because what was happening was beautiful, or dangerous, or important. As storytellers, the theatre-makers held the audience in high regard and respected their aptitude for complex stories.

My family and friends are asking what Cape Town was like. I keep giving the short answer that it was one of the most complicated places I have ever been, with extreme poverty right next to luxury living. Political unrest in the relatively recent shadow of apartheid. Unbelievable beauty at the base of one of the oldest mountains on Earth with fresh fog from the ocean covering parts of the city. Witnessing highly skilled actors delivering quality, critically engaged work for the young people of Cape Town spurs me on to continually strive to make theatre that honors young audiences as fully human.

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Over the past year Mirror Image Arts has experienced immense growth in our “Your Voice” series serving more than a 1,000 young people from July 2016-June 2017. This increase in programming, coupled with the addition of our two year civic practice project, “Speak Up, Speak Out!”, spurred the need for us to expand our staff in order to maintain the quality positive youth development and arts programming we are known for in the community.

We are excited to announce that Mirror Image Arts has created a new full-time staff position called the Program Coordinator, and we are even more thrilled to share that Maya Osterman will start in this new position July 1st. This role is crucial to the continued growth of our organization as Maya will spend ⅔ of her time in the field leading programs, and the rest assisting with the administration of programs, fundraising, and marketing.

Maya has grown with Mirror Image Arts over the last two years as a facilitator, a collaborator on program development, and as an event volunteer. Her unique ability to forge relationships with young people, her passion for facilitation and theatre, and her experience as a program administrator make her an exciting addition to our staff.

We look forward to introducing Maya to our donors and volunteers. The support from the community makes all of this work possible, and we look forward to seeing how Maya contributes to our organization as we work together to impact Colorado young people.

More About Maya:

Maya Osterman-Van Grack has been an Applied Theatre practitioner for the last eleven years. She received her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. As a facilitator, actor, director, and writer she has worked with numerous theatre companies and universities utilizing and devising theatre as an instructive tool, equipping participants with knowledge, skills, and motivation to engage in real efforts to make personal and societal transformation. Maya is the Founder/Facilitator of Restorative Theatre – a theatre program for incarcerated youth that runs at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center in Golden, CO. She also currently serves as the Director of Artistic Programs at Arizona State University’s STIR (Sex Trafficking Intervention and Research) program through the School of Social Work.