Educator

DSC04551Antonia believes in both theatre education and theatre for education. Antonia has worked with all ages: from elementary students to college students to mid-career professionals. She is known for her empathetic touch, especially when encouraging students to push their comfort zones.

  • Antonia has been a teaching artist with the NY public schools, teaching over 1000 elementary students both drama skills and life skills. Recently, with the CUNY Creative Arts Team, she mentored 1st grade teachers in how drama can improve their literacy curriculum.
  • With high school students, Antonia has taught masterclasses in solo-performance and slam poetry. She has taught solo performance at the BU Summer Theatre Institute for three years in a row.
  • Antonia has been a guest lecturer at over 20 universities around the US, teaching courses like “Art and Activism,” “Restorative Justice on Campus,” “Interfaith Dialogue,” and “Creating Art About Trauma.” Schools include Yale University, Smith College, Brandeis University, Middlebury College, Rice University, and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
  • Recently, Antonia mentored conference attendees at the Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference. As the keynote speaker, she taught a course called “Applying Theatre to Your Work,” where treatment professionals practiced how applied-theatre techniques can support sex offender group therapy.

“She showed an essential sensitivity to the community into which she was entering and took care to tailor her visit to our specific environment. Lassar is a masterful leader and facilitator in the workshops she brought to Middlebury.”
-Rebecca Coates-Finke, Middlebury College

“Antonia challenged our expectations and biases pertaining to sexual assault, asked questions about our school’s sexual assault response protocol and encouraged our journey with these difficult topics. She had a raw vulnerability and transparency (and humor) that invited students and community members to engage in the discussion and share their own stories.”
– Christina Hofer, Goshen College

 

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