Photo by Emma Ressel

Photo by Emma Ressel

Aleah Black

Hello! My name is Aleah, and I'm a queer artist, educator, and community organizer.

I believe that art cannot be separated from community and that community cannot be separated from art. I believe that work within education, food, healthcare, and political organizations are all necessary parts of an artist's life. I believe in resistance against systems of oppression, generous and empathetic theater, and fun.

Education:

Bachelor of Arts from Bard College, May 2016
Degree awarded in the program of Theater & Performance

Work Experience:

August 2017 to Present: Mountain Sage Community School
Performing Arts Teacher, Music Teacher, Admin Support

  • Taught performance classes to grades 1-5 and music to grades 6-8
  • Helped design and run school wide festivals and performances
  • Created a brand new performance curriculum

June 2017 to August 2017 (webdesign work ongoing): Red Wing Black Bird Theater
Puppeteer, workshop leader

  • Designed and created puppets for the theater
  • Taught community based puppet workshops
  • Organized, catalogued, and reworked the puppet museum and theater website

May 2016 to June 2017: Auxiliar de Conversación through El Ministerio de Educación de España
English language teacher through the Spanish Ministry of Education

  • Taught English classes in two Spanish schools
  • Taught individual classes/lessons for students of all ages
  • Designed language learning lessons plans and graded/critiqued student work

June & July 2016: Fantasque World Premiere at The Bard College Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
Puppet maker, props designer:

  • Designed and created props, puppets, and scenic elements for Fantasque
  • Assisted and worked closely with the puppet designer for the show, Amy Trompetter

August 2015 to August 2016: The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Production Office
Membership table/production assistant:

  • Trained with publicity and production offices
  • Worked one on one interactions with the public and members/donors at performance events
  • Worked specials events and galas both with donors and artists

August 2015 to August 2016: Bard Prison Initiative at Eastern Correctional Facility
Spanish Language tutor:

  • Trained New York office of correction facilities
  • Tutored Spanish classes at Eastern
  • Worked with Bard Prison students on their language comprehension and essay skills

 May 2015 to present: The Spiegeltent (at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts)
Host:

  • Trained in crowd management, public relations, and hospitality
  • Worked with stage and venue managers to keep events running smoothly
  • Worked as hostess in restaurant setting of venue

May 2013 to August 2015: Bard College Office of Residential Life and Housing
Peer counselor:

  • Trained in student development, listening and referral skills, recognizing and counseling students in distress, and community building
  • Organizer of dorm and community programing and social justice workshops

May 2013 to August 2016: Bard College Office of Admissions
Tourguide/office assistant:

  • Coordination of large groups of students and visitors
  • Office work and skills
  • Communication over the phone and by email

November 2011- November 2015: Burlington, VT Arts Scene and First Night Burlington
Stage manager:

  • Trained with managers for First Night Burlington
  • Ran non-profit performance venue

June 2010 to June 2015: Church Street Marketplace Busking Association
Street performer/busker:  

  • Vetted and licensed to perform
  •  Featured on the Church Street Marketplace site, Vermont radio stations, non-profit galas

January- April 2012: Edmunds Elementary
Co-director of a children's theater program:

  • Created and implemented childcare programs
  • Developed choreography and lead singing workshops for 5-6 years olds for musical productions
  •  Assisted backstage for the productions

SPECIAL SKILLS

Spanish (listening, written, and oral), Photoshop proficient, Excel/Powerpoint/Prezi proficient, Drivers license, cello/guitar/vocal training, some metal and wood working experience, sewing skills, roller skating, tap dancing, lighting design/effects, conflict resolution and de-escalation training, counseling and community work training