Educator, Artist, Activist
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Allison Caw is an educator, actor, singer, dancer, creator of original performance work and environmental/social justice activist. She received her MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and her BFA in Musical Theatre from University of the Arts. Throughout her education she has trained in Roy Hart, Body-Mind Centering(R), Developmental Movement, Viewpoints, Suzuki, Grotowski, Chekhov, Meisner, Rasaboxes, Clowning, Non-Violent Communication, and Meditation. She is a certified teacher of Williamson Technique Level One and a First Degree Reiki practitioner in the Usui tradition. As a practitioner of contemplative and somatic pedagogy, she is dedicated to promoting body-mind awareness in all areas of her work. As an activist and educator the forefront of her research is how theatre practices and training methods can be utilized for environmental and social service. Currently, she is developing a somatic technique called From Body to Earth, which seeks to restore our connection to self, other and ultimately the Earth by cultivating the experiential body and voice. This pedagogy is deeply inspired by Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects and specifically sources Williamson Technique as well as other theatrical, somatic and contemplative methods of training in pursuit of shifting how we perceive and treat the world within and outside of ourselves. As a theatre artist she most recently conceived, directed and performed in Symptoms of Lunar Influence in collaboration with Caitlyn Tella in the Works on the Edge Festival at Naropa University. For seven years she lived in Philadelphia where she worked professionally as a theatre artist. Most notably she worked with New Paradise Laboratories with whom she performed in the 2012 LiveArts Festival for the production 27 in which she portrayed Janis Joplin. Allison co-founded Bright Light Theatre Company, which focused on creating original work in site-specific locations through ensemble-based methods of devising. BLTC’s work was presented in multiple Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, the SoLow Festival and the Collage Festival. BLTC’s original work includes: Precipice- a post-apocalyptic installation and choose your own story performance, You Are Here - a performance/hike/picnic, All Places From Here – a collaboration with Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative and The 5th Floor – a performance within an elevator.
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