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Teaching Artistry blends creative and educational practice in service of community building, social justice, and inspiring joy. Courtney J. Boddie, Host and Creator, chats with teaching artists and arts educators who are driving professional teaching artistry forward. Courtney and her guests discuss personal journeys, celebrate triumphs and challenges, and advocate fiercely for the arts in all communities.

Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie

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    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Teaching Artistry blends creative and educational practice in service of community building, social justice, and inspiring joy. Courtney J. Boddie, Host and Creator, chats with teaching artists and arts educators who are driving professional teaching artistry forward. Courtney and her guests discuss personal journeys, celebrate triumphs and challenges, and advocate fiercely for the arts in all communities.

    Episode 34, ACT 2: Daniel Levy - Reflection, Connection, and Resonance

    Episode 34, ACT 2: Daniel Levy - Reflection, Connection, and Resonance

    What's in the empty space between the lines? That's just one very meta-question that is asked in the continued conversation between Courtney and artist-educator Daniel Levy, author of the book, "A Teaching Artist's Companion." Their discussion becomes less of a linear journey from child to grown-up artist, and more of an exercise in examining one's adolescence and the foundations that, despite what one might be trying to build for themself at a very young age, are laid for them, leaving very little room for personal exploration and growth. And how does one find their individuality, their creativity, under those circumstances? One emerging theme from Courtney and Daniel's conversation is finding a love of the art form of music and harnessing the power of that art form in order to propel their artistry, fueling their creative journey and helping them identify the space between the lines and become the arts educators they are today.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 34, ACT 1: Daniel Levy - Reflection, Connection, and Resonance

    Episode 34, ACT 1: Daniel Levy - Reflection, Connection, and Resonance

    What's in the empty space between the lines? That's just one very meta-question that is asked in this thoughtful exchange between Courtney and artist-educator Daniel Levy, author of the book, "A Teaching Artist's Companion." Their discussion becomes less of a linear journey from child to grown-up artist, and more of an exercise in examining one's adolescence and the foundations that, despite what one might be trying to build for themself at a very young age, are laid for them, leaving very little room for personal exploration and growth. And how does one find their individuality, their creativity, under those circumstances? One emerging theme from Courtney and Daniel's conversation is finding a love of the art form of music and harnessing the power of that art form in order to propel their artistry, fueling their creative journey and helping them identify the space between the lines and become the arts educators they are today.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 33, ACT 2: Ted Sod - Introspective Dramaturgy

    Episode 33, ACT 2: Ted Sod - Introspective Dramaturgy

    Race, racism, prejudice and privilege. These are all issues that, on a global scale, seem to be digging furiously upward through layers of historical ignorance and dissension, and into all aspects of our collective discourse. These are also all themes in our brand new two-part series, featuring dramaturg, writer, actor, director and teaching artist Ted Sod. In moments of darkness, of aloneness, of internal and external conflict, one thing matters most: access to the arts. But, how does a person find the arts or become an artist in the absence of culture? How can a gay man find purpose, love and light in a world that holds so much against him? How does an artist of Lebanese descent find his true artistic self in a country built upon a foundation of prejudice demanding he conform to societal norms in order to be successful? These questions, and oh so much more, drive the electric and witty conversation between Courtney and Ted Sod. Please enjoy the conclusion of their conversation.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Episode 33, ACT 1: Ted Sod - Introspective Dramaturgy

    Episode 33, ACT 1: Ted Sod - Introspective Dramaturgy

    Race, racism, prejudice and privilege. These are all issues that, on a global scale, seem to be digging furiously upward through layers of historical ignorance and dissension, and into all aspects of our collective discourse. These are also all themes in our brand new two-part series, featuring dramaturg, writer, actor, director and teaching artist Ted Sod. In moments of darkness, of aloneness, of internal and external conflict, one thing matters most: access to the arts. But, how does a person find the arts or become an artist in the absence of culture? How can a gay man find purpose, love and light in a world that holds so much against him? How does an artist of Lebanese descent find his true artistic self in a country built upon a foundation of prejudice demanding he conform to societal norms in order to be successful? These questions, and oh so much more, drive the electric and witty conversation between Courtney and Ted Sod. Want to know how the conversation ends? Stay tuned for Act 2! You won't want to miss this episode!

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 32, ACT 2: Lucy Wallace - What Can't Be Lost

    Episode 32, ACT 2: Lucy Wallace - What Can't Be Lost

    What do "Orange Is the New Black," Depeche Mode, Buddha and dance have in common? Our newest guest, Lucy Wallace! This remarkable woman is the founder of Dance to be Free, an organization that aims to radically impact the lives of incarcerated women through the healing power of dance. In this fascinating discussion, Lucy talks to Courtney about her seemingly serendipitous journey from dancer, to dance teacher, to discovering unique ways of healing through dance. With a focus on working with incarcerated women, some committed to a lifetime of imprisonment, Wallace's organization takes the art form directly to prisons across the country and creates engaging experiences through a trauma-informed lens. It's through that framework, and taking inspiration from Tennessee-based clinician and researcher Dr. Bruce Perry's "six r's of healing trauma," that Dance to be Free leans into the therapeutic nature of rhythm. The goal, Wallace notes, is to create opportunities for program participants to process moments in their lives through creative writing, community discussion and dance, and develop a healing space through the arts. What is the process like? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 32, ACT 1: No Umbrella

    Episode 32, ACT 1: No Umbrella

    Where are you? How are you feeling? How are you reacting to this moment? These are the questions that launch this episode's dynamic discussion around systemic racism and anti-racist practices within the fields of arts and arts education. On Thursday, July 16, 2020, TYA/USA* hosted "Centering Black Leadership in TYA," a virtual town hall with Black artists, educators and leaders in Theater for Young Audiences (TYA). That town hall—led by TYA/USA Board Members Idris Goodwin and Dexter J. Singleton, in conversation with Michael J. Bobbitt, Courtney J. Boddie, Gloria Bond Clunie and Jacqueline Handy—held space for exploring the current moment(s) we're experiencing (the Covid-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement) and how different community organizations are, or are not, responding to this moment in time. The panel also discusses the importance of critical examination of systems of oppression within the TYA field and how to meet those systems with thoughtful, actionable responses by implementing anti-racist practices. How can we, as administrators and practitioners, help guide those at the top of predominantly white power structures in dismantling oppressive constructs? How can we identify, interrogate and radically shift oppressive practices and systems to impact needed change? What seeds can we plant with love to build hope and joy through the arts? You'll want to listen to this episode to hear some of the ideas this incredible group tosses around.

    *Teaching Artistry with Courtney J. Boddie team is excited to announce its partnership with Theatre for Young Audiences/USA to present this important conversation.

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Chris22376 ,

Great podcast for artists and educators!

This is such a great podcast for teaching artists. It’s really nice to hear stories from other people in the field- it makes me feel more connected to what I do! The production quality is really high, and the host and all the guests are so likeable! 10/10 would recommend.

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