Marienne Kreitlow

Music, Performing Arts & Creative Writing

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Teaching Artist Statement

I find joy in creating a safe, stimulating environment where students can develop their writing and performing skills as each discovers their own unique and potent voice. Fortifying creative abilities brings students a sense of adventure and achievement, and helps them to experience each other at a deeper level. It builds community.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

• I believe in drawing from our rich cultural heritage both as Americans and world citizens to deepen our understanding of each other and to discover what makes art relevant, powerful and enduring.
• I believe in fostering a culture where art is not about competition, winning, or being famous. I picture a world where song, story, theatre, poetry and dance are normal, natural occurrences and everyone participates.

Residency Projects

“Folk Songs Are For Singing” (2 DAY RESIDENCY FOR GRADES 3 - 6 with optional Lyceum performance). Do today’s students realize that folk songs are a potent part of their cultural heritage? begin by performing selected folk songs and then students respond through a reflective protocol, discovering the meaning and impact of this art form for themselves. Then they learn about the actual historical and social context in which the songs were created.

“The Electricity of Poetry” (2 DAY RESIDENCY FOR MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOLS with optional Lyceum performance, public display and/or publication.) Let’s take poetry off the page and discover the connection between the written word and the power of sound and movement, delivered with clarity and conviction to a supportive, responsive, and often surprised audience!