Tiffany Carstensen, Director of Theater Arts at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon has been selected to participate in a national educator panel to discuss racism and racial equality.   This is a great honor to be one of only 3 teachers from K-12 schools selected nationally.

“It is with great honor and humility that I e-ntroduce this group to each other as our esteemed panel of educators to discuss racism and racial equity next week as part of our Virtual International Thespian Festival.

Dr. Jamey Riley (Moderator) – Director for Racial Equity with the Center for Law and Social Policy in Washington D.C.

Corey Mitchell (Panelist) – Teacher at Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte, NC. The first ever recipient of the Tony® Award for Excellence in Theatre Education.

Estella Owoimaha-Church (Panelist) – Teacher at Hawthorne HS in Hawthorne, CA. She is the founder and executive director of Education Ensemble, a non-profit dedicated to centering marginalized youth and equipping teens to use art as a form of direct-action.

Donald Amerson (Panelist) – Teacher at Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana, CA. He teaches acting, improvisation, experimental theatre and theatre for social justice, and holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Young Audiences and a Masters of Public Policy.

Tiffany Carstensen (Panelist) –  Director of Theatre Arts at McKay in Salem, OR. McKay is a Title I school with over 25 languages among its student population, with white students making up less than 20%. Tiffany has taught workshops at state and national levels in proficiency grading and equity and sits on the board for Enlighted Theatrics where she serves at the secretary and head of the Education Committee.

Dr. Roberto Pomo (Panelist) – Tenured Faculty in the Department of Theatre & Dance at California State University, Sacramento. Dr. Pomo is a renowned expert in Latin American Theatre and is a recipient of the John C. Livingston Award, which is given annually to faculty members who “transcend their disciplines and positively impact the students at Sac State through teaching, service and creative and scholarly activities.

Devon Glover (Panelist) – Devon is a Brooklyn-based rapper who produces hip-hop adaptations of Shakespeare’s sonnets for performances and workshops as ‘The Sonnet Man’. Devon is one of the most popular teaching artists on the EdTA/ITS circuit, teaching Shakespeare to Thespians all across the country.”