T E A C H I N G A R T I S T
Katrina serves as the lead teaching artist for Free Street Theater's youth ensemble. There, she leads youth ages 13-19 from around the city through a year long process which offers a conservatory level theatre training and teaches and engages youth in research and critical thinking. The ensemble consists of 15-20 ensemble members. Each year the ensemble picks a theme to focus on and spends the year researching, interviewing community members and creating a show, produced in the spring. Free Street Theater creates theatre by, for, about, with and in Chicago's diverse communities; challenges the notion of who belongs in a theatre and where theatre belongs; and uses theatre to ask questions, prompt dialogue, and build community.
Katrina started as an intern in 2013 under the mentorship of art-ivist Ricardo Gamboa. From there she continued to collaborate with Free Street on various projects. She began her work as the lead teaching artist in the fall of 2015. Since then the ensemble has focused on topics such as mental health, invisibility, and how to create change when you can't vote. Katrina acts as the Free Street liaison and leader in a three year partnership with The Jane Addams Hull House Museum through the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. This project fosters youth voices in a conversation around the school to prison pipeline and education equity.
Katrina acts as the lead academic tutor at Albany Park Theater Project. With a focus on mathematics, english and ACT prep, Katrina meets with teen ensemble members 2-3 times a week. Additionally, Katrina served as a Production Assistant on APTP's production of Learning Curve.