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Community Engaged Arts

Let's get inclusive. 

Anti-Racist Pedagogy

Risk, learn, risk again. 


Nerd out with me.


About the Artist-Scholar

Imagining a radically inclusive classroom and rehearsal space

Dr. Aviva has been influenced her entire life by the incredible teachers she has encountered.  Aviva researches the representation of Mixed-Black women throughout history, literature, and performance. 

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What's next for Aviva?

Green Leaves

Seeking Collaborators

As theatre and performance spaces re-open and rebuild following the onset of COVID-19, I am seeking collaborators local to Columbus, OH for new projects! Want to work on a performance together? Looking for a writing partner? Send me a message!

Intimacy Direction

As a certified Intimacy Coordinator, I have worked with actors and directors to create a safer rehearsal environment that prioritizes consent. Get in touch to learn more about my services and how we can work together to create bold, collaborative spaces for creativity!

Blood Earth Water

My solo performance, BLOOD EARTH WATER premiered virtually in Spring 2021. This work was a culmination of field research, genealogy and autoethnography, and archival research which took place from 2019-2020. Thank you to the Ohio State University Department of Theatre, Film, and Media Studies, OSU Discovery Initiative, and the Alumni Grants for Graduate research for generously supporting this performance!


Course Offerings & Workshops

Anti-racist pedagogy, community engaged art, and more!


Applied Theatre Workshop Intensive

My extensive background as an Applied Theatre facilitator makes me the ideal candidate for helping your organization shape community engaged programming. I would be thrilled to visit your company, department, or school and share some of my knowledge. During this workshop, we will discuss and practice creating ethical work that suits the needs of your participants while considering the joys and obstacles of community engaged work. Contact me for a sample itinerary and to discuss how I can best serve your needs.

Black American History & Performance

This course is my favorite to teach. I love engaging with historical accounts of Black American life while reading classic and contemporary testaments to this rich culture that has shaped America. Guided by artists such as James Baldwin, Ntozake Shange, and Beyoncé Knowles, students will engage with plays, poetry, and music at a challenging level. Sample syllabus available on request.

Criticizing Television

In this media studies course, students will learn to analyze and engage with television in order to better understand its societal representations. We begin with a crash course in a history of American TV and a behind-the-scenes glimpse into production, followed by a packed syllabus full of binge-worthy shows! From Breaking Bad to Insecure, students read complex literature that accompanies what they're watching while completing short writing assignments that culminate in a portfolio. Syllabus available on request.

Send Aviva a message

Contact me regarding work, course offerings or any other inquires. Follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more!


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