YPT Scholar-in-Residence Facilitator
Rachel is an international doctoral student in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at OISE with the Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy emphasis and a Connaught scholar at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA in Arts Education & Social Change from Vassar College and MEd in Community Arts with a specialization in Theatre Studies from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). She received the Diane Shannon Price Student Leadership Award for using her graduate participatory arts-based action research, Arts & Youth Leadership Development in Action, as a platform to improve self-designed community arts and leadership programming for Boston youth. She worked in Boston as an arts educator, programs manager and youth theatre director with various non-profit organizations in collaboration with Boston Public Schools before moving to Toronto for her doctoral studies. This spring, she will carry out her research study, Confronting Racism & Neoliberalism with Collaborative Action Research & Ethnodrama at Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto and at Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston. Rachel has published work in the Journal of Youth Studies and Rosa Bruno Jofré Graduate Symposium, Selected Papers, and has a forthcoming chapter in the book, Radical Youth Pedagogy (Peter Lang). She is interested in the negotiation of urban youth identities with relation to resistance and political participation as constructed through face-to-face original theatrical devising and within intercultural digital artistic dialogue.