a life committed to global arts education
promoting empathy through documentary theatre
Jordan has worked as a Teaching Artist for several nonprofit organizations, primarily focusing on Musical Theatre and Acting courses.
Teaching credits include: Acting the Song (High School Pre-Professional Training), Levine School of Music (Acting and Musical Theatre), Adventure Theatre - Musical Theatre Center (Musical Theatre Acting), Armed Services Arts Partnership, Honoring Personal Narrative through Documentary Theatre (Student and Adult) Harvard University, West Africa AIDS Foundation (Ghana), The Shanti Bhavan School (India), and Alpha Partners Education (China).
While studying at Harvard University, Jordan was commissioned to create a classroom strategy using theatre to increase young people's capacity for empathy. Currently in its pilot phase with the Making Caring Common Initiative at Harvard, the strategy utilizes documentary theatre as a tool for empathy in the classroom and can open the door to other curricular connections. Through the use of one-on-one interviews, Jordan's work has been based on the performance of a partner’s answers to a set of questions and, according to initial findings, naturally creates a space for empathy-building across social, political, and cultural differences.
Read more about the program from the Creative Generation blog here.
teaching artistry highlight
Jordan is a consultant with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. With his extensive background in the performing arts, along with his expertise in the classroom, Jordan trains teachers and interacts with students using theatre, music, and dance as strategies for engaging students creatively while achieving academic goals in English, math, science, and social/emotional skills.