Freeing Student Voice: Monologue Writing as a Developmental Tool for Emotional Expression
Recorded On: 11/28/2023
Many middle and high school aged students experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety caused by their uncertainties about the world they are growing up in and the pressures of growing up. Concerns about where they fit in, who they want to be, and what the future holds for them in a society that is so politically polarized, often trigger even more heightened emotional response from students of color. Journaling and creative writing have proven to be useful tools for anyone with a need to channel heightened emotions. Monologue writing is an even more direct way to channel and then express these emotions.
The act of writing a monologue is a creative endeavor, allowing the writer to tell a story with a purpose that extends beyond themselves. The monologue is extended beyond the page once it is performed. Whether or not the writer is the performer, monologue writing allows the opportunity to share personal feelings out to the world; to have a voice in the telling of one’s story. Self identity is informed by history and history is learned through telling-stories. The more confident that young people feel about who they are, the more articulately and productively, they are able to communicate feelings.
This webinar will provide educators with techniques to help students write monologues that tell stories about themselves or their peers. It will also provide educators with an outlined plan to gradually take students through the process of monologue writing and then sharing their work.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
Candice Handy is the Education Director at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company (CSC) and founder of the LLC Cincinnati Black Theatre Artist Collective (CincyBlackTAC). An Alabama native, Candice has been a regional theatre actor and teaching artist for the past 13 years. Ms. Handy coordinates workshops, touring shows, and educational matinee programs reaching nearly 25,000 students a year in the Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Indian region. As an actor, some of her favorite projects include Gaslight (CSC and Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Trouble in Mind (CSC), The Winter’s Tale (Island Shakespeare Festival), The Cake (The Human Race Theatre), and The Pirates of Penzance (Theatre Monmouth). Candice recently directed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (CSC), The Twunny Fo’ (The Know Theatre Cincinnati), To Be Black (CincyBlackTAC), and looks forward to directing CSC’s production of James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner this January. Ms. Handy holds an MFA in Acting, with a focus on African American theatre aesthetics.