Member Spotlight

Welcome to the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Member Spotlight!

Member Spotlight!

Member Spotlight is a new monthly program created by PTO to highlight the amazing work of our active members! Member Spotlight is a way to help us connect with each other globally, create visibility around PTO work being done, and challenge each other to learn and grow together. Each month, a new video will be released on our YouTube Channel with an interview between one of PTO’s board members and a current PTO member. Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel here!

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  • August 2016 – Dani Snyder-Young
  • May 2016 – Ebony Noelle Golden

  • August 2016 Member Spotlight: Dani Snyder-Young


    DaniThis Member Spotlight highlights Dani Snyder-Young, an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Illinois Wesleyan University. She is the author of THEATRE OF GOOD INTENTIONS: CHALLENGES AND HOPES FOR THEATRE AND SOCIAL CHANGE (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), which examines the limits of theatre in making social change. She has published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre Research, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, Qualitative Inquiry, Youth Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal, and the International Journal of Learning. Her artistic work as a director and dramaturg focuses on political theatre, community based performance, new play development, and adaptations of classical texts for diverse audiences, which dovetails with her scholarly work on applied and community-based theatre. She is an ensemble member of Halcyon Theatre here in Chicago.

    Watch Dani’s interview here.

    Interview conducted by Shannon Ivey (PTO Co-Secretary). Video editing by Skye Ashton Kantola (PTO Director of Communications).


    May 2016 Member Spotlight: Ebony Noelle Golden


    EbonyThis Member Spotlight highlights Ebony Noelle Golden, MFA, MA
    Founding CEO and Principal Engagement Strategist
    Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC.

    Ebony Noelle Golden is the CEO and principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC and the artistic director of Body Ecology Womanist Performance Project. BDAC is a New York City-based cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community-designed, culturally-relevant, creative projects. The Houston, TX native is also an accomplished performance artist, poet, director, and choreographer who stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.

    After completing graduate school and serving as literature and creative writing professor in Durham, North Carolina, Golden funneled her passion for entrepreneurship, arts, culture, and community-based education into BDAC which powers some of the most forward-moving organizations and initiatives pushing for progressive social change. Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative has worked with more than fifty organizations over the last seven years, internationally.

    Ebony holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Texas A&M University.

    BDAC is affectionately named after Ebony’s mother Dr. Betty Ann Sims who is a retired professor, social worker, and youth interventionist.

    Watch Ebony’s interview here.

    Interview conducted by Shannon Ivey (PTO Co-Secretary). Video editing by Skye Ashton Kantola (PTO Director of Communications).