About the Artist-Scholar
Imagining a radically inclusive classroom and rehearsal space
Aviva has been influenced her entire life by the incredible teachers she has encountered. As a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate, Aviva researches the representation of Mixed-Black womxn throughout history, literature, and performance.
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What's next for Aviva?
Blood Earth Water
My solo performance, BLOOD EARTH WATER will premier virtually in Spring 2021. This work is 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!
As You Like It!: a Film for Young Audiences
I have undertaken the exciting challenge of adapting and directing an abridged version of Shakespeare's As You Like It for film! Our filmed performance will premier virtually this Spring. Stay tuned for more information!
March 10th 2021
"The Seeds of Truth: A Collection of Stories Inspired by Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism and You"
I have had the pleasure of mentoring 5 young artists as they craft performances responding to Kendi's urgent and groundbreaking study on race and American identity. This project will premier virtually in February 2021, followed by a talkback with the artists.
Register to join here: https://osu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_brUPHzddTZqk3dbsp7CJtA
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.
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.