A trip to Ellis Island is a week long residency that helps students understand the reason people fled their homes to start again in a new land. We will write diary entries, create maps of imaginary countries, cross an ocean through tableaux, and find ourselves beginning a new life in a new land.
I was trained at Northwestern University in storytelling, theatre, Creative Drama, and folklore over thirty years ago. I have always loved history, but I realize that not everyone feels that way about old stories or events. I have been using creative drama and stories to make history accessible to people of all ages for three decades. I’ve been teaching this particular residency for about twenty-five years.