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PROFILE

RENEE BARABAD  FLORESCA

I am an experienced educator and theater artist seeking part-time teaching and consulting positions, where I can apply my knowledge and skills for continuous improvement and to develop organizations, artists, youth, leaders and educators.  

EDUCATION MASTER OF FINE ARTS, ACTING BROOKLYN COLLEGE  |  2015 - 2017 MASTER OF SCIENCE EDUCATION, SPECIAL EDUCATION CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK  |  2008 - 2011

ALSO KNOWN AS RENEE RISES

BACHELOR OF ARTS, SOCIOLOGY & MINOR IN HISTORY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SANTA BARBARA  |  2004 -2008

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

ARTS BASED EDUCATOR & THEATRE CREATOR

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ADJUNCT PROFESSOR BROOKLYN COLLEGE | PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER (LECTURER)   |  AUG. 2017 – DEC. 2017 Teach aspiring teachers to utilize performance techniques in the classroom for differentiation and hands-on projects Create curriculum that includes voice work, improv, ensemble building, collaborative grouping and theater exercises  INTRO TO ACTING PROFESSOR BROOKLYN COLLEGE | GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOW  |  AUG. 2016 – JUNE 2017 Taught Introduction to Acting to a diverse group of adult learners Used improvisation, ensemble building, and practical aesthetics to teach the foundational tools for acting IEP COORDINATOR BRONX PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL  | DEC, 2014 – JUNE 2016 Collaborated with counselors, deans, parents, students and educators involved with each student with special needs to create a holistic program for each child Collected data and assess the child’s strengths and needs in order to formulate IEPs

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY LEADER TEACH FOR AMERICA SUMMIT TRAINING |  APR. 2015 – AUG. 2015 Trained 40 first year teachers on culturally responsive teaching and educational equity Led workshops on varying educational equity topics and issues  SPECIAL EDUCATOR BRONX SCHOOL OF YOUNG LEADERS  | AUG. 2008 – JUNE 2013 Wrote curriculum for English, social studies, math and literacy remediation to more than 300 students  Taught students with severe to mild learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities*, emotional disturbances and autism  *Intellectual disability has also been referred to as “Mental Retardation” (MR). This term and its acronym may be used colloquially or in older documentation. It is not, however, a currently accepted practice to refer to individuals with intellectual disabilities as “mentally retarded.”


CREATIVE WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS, EDUCATORS & YOUTH School of Creative and Performing Arts, New York, NY, August 2017 • Facilitated and wrote curriculum for a two-week intensive Advanced Acting class for 13-19 year old students • Used improv, practical aesthetics and ensemble work to build curriculum  Betty’s Daughter Art Collaborative, New York, NY, July  2017 • Wrote and facilitated curriculum for “Awaking the S.P.I.R.I.T.” | A movement and poetry workshop  • Guided artists to explore their uninhibited voice and how to let words live through theater and movement  Urban Word NYC, New York, NY, September 2014 – June 2015 • Facilitated and wrote “Me, My Memories and My Story” | A six-week workshop exploring memory, performance and writing  • Facilitated and wrote “Pick up the Pen, Then Drop the Mic” | Curriculum developed for Pre-Emptive Education conference (a teaching artist training program that uses hip hop as a tool in the classroom)  Empowering Pilipino Youth Through Collaboration, San Diego, CA, August 2014 • Facilitated and wrote curriculum for “Ready, Aim, Write” | A workshop geared to inspiring Filipino youth on how to use writing and art as a tool to create change in their organization  Betty’s Daughter Art Collaborative, New York, NY, March 2014 • Facilitated and wrote curriculum for “Whole Foods Ain’t in the Bronx” | An experiential workshop touring and analyzing  grocery options in the Bronx versus the Upper Westside of Manhattan Cypher Education for Girls, New York, NY, March 2014 • Wrote curriculum for feminist literature and analysis for Cypher Education for Girls • Facilitated a four-day, free, after school intensive art program at the WOW Café Theatre for girls of color | Directed the end performance, “Women Step Up,” a student led and devised play Hercules High School, Hercules, CA, August 2013 • Wrote and facilitated a workshop for youth to engage in Filipino American literacy and theatre, using Nanay, Tatay, Anak as the mentor text Urban Art Beat, New York, NY, June 2013 • Wrote and facilitated “Common Core 101 for Teaching Artists” and “Keeping Students Engaged, Lesson Planning 101: Why GANAG is important”  Project Harmony, Jerusalem | Israel and Palestine, July 2012 • Facilitated hip hop dance workshops to middle and high school students at an integrated summer camp • Choreographed dance performance for the final showings 

SKILLS EDUCATOR Collaborative mind-set Special Education consultant  Leadership development  Diversity, Inclusion and Critical Race Theorist Develops curriculum for schools, non-profit organizations and small businesses

ARTIST Actor and director Wrote & self-produced three plays: Sidewalk Sisters; Nanay, Tatay, Anak; and Undressing the Fragments Develops theater artists of all ages Specializes in working with issues regarding Filipinx identity, womxn, urban youth and experimental work


PUBLISHED WORK “The First Wave of Asian American Actors were Filipino (Part 1)” Fil-Am Online Magazine, New York, NY, October 20, 2014 “Here Lies Love provides full-time jobs to Fil Am Actors (Part 2)”  Fil-Am Online Magazine, New York, NY, October 21, 2014 “The Filipino Renaissance (Part 3)”  Fil-Am Online Magazine, New York, NY, October 29, 2014 "The Essence" and "Asian Girls Got that Good Hair" Published in “Armed with Only Our Souls”, May 28, 2014 “Light and Tragedy from Katrina to Yolanda” Fil-Am Online Magazine, November 23, 2013 “This Piece is for My Student Cesar” Published in “Kalfou: A journal of comparative and relational studies” with the Black Studies Department at University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA, Spring 2010 “I Can’t Breathe” co-written with Lisa Pham and “Butterfly Kisses”  “WORD: Women of Color Revolutionary Dialogues Anthology” at University of California Santa Barbara, Goleta, CA, June 2008

BIBLIOGRAPHY & MEDIA "Fen is Like Nothing on Earth", "The Kingsman: The Voice of Brooklyn College, October 2016 “Kwentuhan, Part 1: Undressing the Fragments” Unipro Now: Kwentuhan Initiative, November 3, 2014 “ Asian Pacific Heritage Month Wrap Up,” WBAI 99.5 FM New York Asian Pacific Forum, June 2014  Nanay, Tatay, Anak: An interview with Renee Floresca,” Unipro Now: Vol. 4, The Pilipino Arts Renaissance, May 2014 “Discovering my story in a ‘Journey of a Brown Girl,’” Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Apr. 16, 2014  “Facing Our Truth: 10 Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege,”
 by Lynette Nicholas on Playing Around, Feb. 10, 2014 “’The Journey of a Brown Girl’ Community Launch Party,” Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Dec. 5, 2013  “Nanay, Tatay, Anak,” in Philippine News, Sept. 2013   “Alumni Story Slam,” Teach for America Blog: Pass the Chalk, New York, NY, May 2013  “Live Interview with the cast of Sidewalk Sisters,” WHCR 90.3 The Voice of Harlem, New York, NY, May 2013

Renee B Floresca Education CV  
Renee B Floresca Education CV  

Curriculum Vitae.

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