Taous Claire KhazemMany Voices Program 2012
2012-13 MANY VOICES MENTORSHIP
Taous Claire Khazem teaches theatre to youth, young adults and adults with disabilities at SteppingStone Theatre, Stages Theatre, the Children's Theatre and Interact Center for the Arts. She has taught theatre workshops in Casablanco, Morocco; Amman, Jordan and Albi, France. In Algeria, she worked with seven women to gather folktales from elders in order to create an original production in the city of Bejaia. She also developed a six month long theatre training course in acting, directing, scene design and playwriting for 37 women from Algeria's second biggest city, Oran, culminating in three original short play productions. She has also led numerous workshops in physical theatre for actors throughout Algeria from small villages to big cities. In addition, she taught teachers in Algeria how to use theatre as a method for teaching English in the classroom. She created the theatre company Daraja Theatre with her husband Mohammed Yabdri and performed in Paris, France; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Casablanca, Morocco as well as in every major Algerian city. In 2011 she was invited by the Aat Network in Amman, Jordan to teach a physical theatre workshop. In the Twin Cities she has performed locally with Pangea World Theater, Frank Theatre, Dreamland Arts and Off Leash Area. In 2009 she was named Performance of the Year by MinnPost for her work in Frank Theater's Palace of the End. She has performed her one-woman show Tizi Ouzou in Portland, Seattle, St. Paul, Alexandria (Egypt) and for the US Embassy in Algiers. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and holds a B.A in theatre and French from Macalester College.
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