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Maria Schirmer

Maria Schirmer

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Maria is an interdisciplinary theatre artist and arts educator who recently completed her Master’s at New York University, where she researched the intersection of performance and politics and how theatre can be used as a tool for social change. She also holds a BA in Theatre with an Acting Concentration from Marymount Manhattan College. Maria has been acting and directing across the Northeast for many years. Along with her work at Community-Word Project, she is a staff member at the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, where she also is an alumnus of their arts activism training EmergeNYC. She is a long-time member of the Lark Play Development Centers Literary Wing, as well as The Forum Project Performance Troupe. Maria recently was awarded an ISM grant from NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs to explore able-ism as related to multiple sclerosis in a multi-media theatre piece, as well as a Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellowship, which culminated in an eight-week internship with the Jana Sanskriti Center for Theatre of the Oppressed in Kolkata, India. Maria graduated from Community-Word Project’s Teaching Artist Training and Internship program in the spring 2011 and was delighted to join their staff later that year. Her goal as a teaching artist is to create thoughtful, committed, global citizens, who through the creative arts can celebrate cultural heritage, tradition and diversity through creative arts. Inspired by Freirean pedagogy and the Multiple Intelligences, her students will learn that creativity is inherent in all people, not just a talented few. By teaching in an interdisciplinary style, students are encouraged to experiment and take risks in an effort to discover their unique perspective and passions.

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