YOLA at HOLA Leadership Instructor
Claire Larsen (Community Time and Leadership) is an artist and educator with over twelve years of experience working in schools, colleges and communities. From 2006 to 2012, Claire was based in New York City where she was a Teaching Artist and Mentor for LeAp (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program), teaching primarily in their Active Learning Leads to Literacy Program (ALLL), which uses drama, visual arts, music, and movement to improve emerging and young readers’ vocabulary, language, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Since its inception, ALLL has been recognized as a model for successful teaching by the United States Department of Education and by leaders of New York City’s Department of Education. Claire co-created a Meditation and Mindfulness Program for first year students at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus to teach students healthy tools for building resiliency and coping with stress and anxiety. From 2012 to 2015, Claire attended California Institute of the Arts where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting. While at CalArts, Claire worked extensively with the CAP (Community Arts Partnership) program where she taught Drama and Dance to high school students in Santa Clarita and Los Angeles. She also worked as a Research Assistant to CAP Artistic Director, Glenn Avila. Claire is currently a Teaching Artist with the B.R.I.D.G.E Theatre Project, a not-for-profit theatre organization that offers playwriting and acting programs to communities world wide. She recently traveled with B.R.I.D.G.E to Kigali, Rwanda where she directed young actors from the United States and Rwanda in the world premiere of two original plays for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival. Claire is thrilled to be part of the HOLA family.