Meet the Educators: Alexxis B.
Speak About It's educators are at the heart of our work. They bring a diverse set of talent, skills, and experiences to the stage, and we love introducing them to our Speak About It friends and fans. This month, meet Alexxis, a New York actor-educator who is passionate about big feelings and big change.
“All I've ever wanted as an artist is to provide a voice to the silenced; educate and heal the wounded,” says Alexxis, a first year educator with Speak About It. We are so inspired by Alexxis’ profound commitment to empathy in her work and love the way she talks about theater as a vehicle for social change.
“Theatre and performance has this power to connect an audience to a story in a way that sponsors openness and effective translation of an important message,” she says.
Speak About It is not Alexxis’ first gig in the theatre-for-scoial-change field. She is a proud former member of Mass Transit Theatre, where she and an ensemble of 16 actors, all people of color, devised a performance called “Difficult Conversation: Race, Gender, and Power.” Alexxis described the experience as one of “the most difficult and nourishing experiences of my career.” Compassion, communication, and empathy were three key skills company members had to have with one another and their audiences, and these are skills Alexxis brings to the stage with Speak About It today.
When asked why she enjoys her role as a consent educator, Alexxis reflected, “I love to connect and provide young people a vessel of support as they go through their own individual journey. It’s something I surely wish I had when going through my own journey.”
In case you were wondering: if given the chance, Alexxis would like to give a TED Talk about “Finding the courage and conviction to believe in our own enoughness.”
We would definitely listen to that talk for sure!
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