Current and Upcoming Work
Oregon Tale and A Murder Mystery with Mt. Vernon Community Children's Theatre
Renana was thrilled to return to MVCCT in both the fall ('20) and spring ('21) to devise and direct their virtual middle school productions. The fall performance, a newly student-devised piece, was a murder mystery set in Prohibition Era Washington, DC. The spring performance was another student-devised performance inspired by the game 'Oregon Trail' and utilizing a choose-your-own-journey format for the audience participants. Both performances were met with overwhelming audience enthusiasm. Information on any upcoming projects with the company can be found at their website: https://www.mvcct.org/about-us
Renana recently returned to DC after completing her graduate studies at New York University. She received her Masters in Educational Theatre and her initial certification to teach theatre to K-12th grade students. During this time she spent three weeks studying the higher education system in Argentina, and two weeks exploring applied theatre practice in Puerto Rico. In June of 2019 she returned to Puerto Rico to facilitate a week-long theatre workshop for teens in the southeastern town of Yauco.
- Renana is currently an ACE Fellow (Arts Curriculum Enrichment) through the District of Columbia Public Schools. As part of this year-long program she is learning how to design arts classrooms that are Trauma-informed and trauma sensitive.
- Renana recently completed the 5-week professional development program "10 Trauma-Informed Strategies to Help Students Heal" offered through the American Federation of Teachers.
- In the spring of 2020, Renana completed a "Text Analysis for Directors" course with Primary Stages in New York taught by actor/director John Gould Rubin.
Photo by Tony Powell