Our work with the Wellspring teacher trainers was especially gratifying because it was the same group we worked with last year. It was so great to be reunited with them and hear how they had been using the work we had done. Our story building workshop was very successful, accomplishing in a few hours what had taken a few days last year. Hearing the discussions and participating in the work solidified something I’ve been thinking a lot about this past year- that I might be a teacher.
This thought has been quietly humming in the back of my mind for several years now, and it has always been something I’ve pushed away. I love kids (I worked at summer camp for five years) but I know I want to be an actor, and I also know I don’t like the ways schools work nowadays. I wouldn’t want to be a teacher bound by common core and tests, so for years I always told myself teaching was not in the cards for me.
But I’m beginning to realize that I don’t have to pick one or the other, that I can be an actor and also find ways to teach in my life. When we were working with Wellspring I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I could do if I could do this work with students. The realization that most people probably don’t daydream about having a classroom made me realize that my drive to teach isn’t going anywhere.
This past semester when touring Mirror/Mirror we ended our workshop with a meditation about self-talk, and the last part was always to picture our best and highest selves. This meditation created a very specific image of myself surrounded by kids and teenagers in a colorful studio with light streaming through large windows. I want to create a program where kids can come to do theater and art, maybe an after school program. That won’t stop me from being an actor, but will only enhance my career. I want to do it all.