Saturday, February 4, 2012

RASH at Middlesex School

This week I travelled twice to Concord, Massachusetts to speak and perform at Middlesex School - a highly regarded New England prep school.  I have never visited a boarding school before and was fascinated by the experience in contrast to my own public school experience in Glasgow.  On Tuesday I spoke at the morning assembly about the work of WITNESS and how the documentation of human rights abuses through video is changing the world.  Today I performed RASH at the school's Annual Day of Diversity.  I was amazed at how engaged and present 400 students could be at 10 in the morning! It was definitely one of my favourite audiences.  On both occasions, students had the opportunity to ask questions which were smart and thoughtful, and many of them came up to speak to me afterwards.  They were an impressive group in more ways than one and I really enjoyed meeting them.  I am so looking forward to performing at other schools in the future. Thank you so much to Brian Smith, the Acting Dean of Students & Director of Diversity for inviting me to share my experiences at Middlesex.   And thanks to Corinne Woods, our wonderful stage manager and to the team at All for One Theater Festival for helping to make this happen, especially Michael Wolk.
Here are some photos that I took whilst I was there.
 Arriving at Middlesex
 My first ever ride on a yellow school bus! Me with Corinne Woods, RASH stage manager
The dressing room.


Anonymous said...

You were amazing, Jenni! Your personal story of your time in Rwanda is something everyone must hear. Thank you for coming to Middlesex School.

Anonymous said...

Your performance was perfect for our day of exploration. Our morning conversations included examination of our relationship to communities different from our own as well as a look at our own identities. Wow! Your play touched on everything we had been talking about. Your energy and passion completely engaged our audience. Thanks so much.