P r e s e n t s
"WE DIDN'T HAVE TEACHERS.
WE HAD FLY BY HEROES
THAT CAME FOR THE APPLAUSE
AND LEFT ONCE
THE AWARD WAS GIVEN!"
LEARNING CURVE is a powerful one-person play that tells the true story of Jodie Knowles as a kid growing up in Nashville Tennessee that was unjustly diagnosed with a Learning Disability and put into Special Education for 9 years segregated from peers and endured bullying and student shaming. She eventually moved to Seattle Wa where she was quickly put into an Arts Based Program where she thrived. Her story is set in1981 to 1998 during the era of war on drugs and the rampage of pharmaceutical drug companies entering our school system. Knowles highlights Special Education as the bed rock that fuels the school to prison pipeline as she recalls witnessing the loss of her friends and peers to futile suspensions and three strikes your out rule. Learning Curve bravely explores the school-to-prison pipeline, over-diagnosing, medicating, isolation, segregation and expulsion of students while breaking the silence of shame and stigma around these vital issues. Knowles uses spoken word poetry, dance and traditional story telling to open your mind to the power of the creative arts. Told from a personal perspective, Jodie hopes that all educators, teachers, school counselors, parents, activists, and civic leaders begin to understand the lived LD/ADHD experience, not only the academic struggle, but the social and emotional reality that students in Special Ed go through every day. After each performance audience members will be invited to reflect on how we might begin to collectively move forward toward inclusion, awareness and social change in the education system.
California School Resource Officers Association fully supports the presentation of Jodie Knowles. As you are aware, she brings to life the many challenges and negative stereotypes of those with learning disabilities. Her presentation brings understanding to the issues, challenges and emotions so many of our adolescents in and out of the juvenile justice system face. In turn, this understanding should bring about change in the way we view young people and how we conduct operations.
CREATIVE MINDS BEHIND THE SCENE
Performer Jodie Knowles has over 20 years of experience in the performing arts. Critics have called her “Intuitively Brilliant.” She has performed in numerous award-winning independent films, theatrical productions, and festivals, in schools, prisons and institutions. In 2007 she clashed her love of performing and writing; becoming a highly sought after female voice throughout the West Coast as a spoken word artist.
Jodie began writing her story in 2014 to help others with LD/ADHD find representation and validation. Jodie created Luminous Minds Project during her research of Learning Curve to help support youth and adults with LD/ADHD. LMP provides coaching, education, workshops, community meetings, outreach and advocacy to help creative minds labeled LD/ADHD to identify and tell their stories artfully.
Director NIKKI VISEL is a Seattle based actor, director and teaching artist performing locally with Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ArtWest, ReAct Theatre and others. Nikki is also a teaching artist for Path With Art (an organization providing arts access and education to people recovering from homelessness, addiction, and other trauma), Taproot Theatre Company (in collaboration with Fairfax Psychiatric Hospitals), and Seattle Shakespeare Company (including their in school residencies). Her directing work includes the short plays Ordinary Giants and O2 at On The Boards/12 Minutes Max, the premiere of Arcana at Open Circle and Arthur: The Hunt at Fringe Act. Nikki believes that art is required in order to thrive and has a deep and vital faith in the power of storytelling to change lives, cultures and the future.
Special Thanks To:
Roma Raye - Volunteer,
Ebo Barton- Book Design
Carlo Nakar - Sound Engineer,
Lily McLeod - Lighting Designer
Jessica Jobaris - Choreographer
Marc Bamuthi Joesph- Mentor
Bruce and Doc- Arts Based School
Friends and Family for continued support, shared knowledge and resources.
BRING LEARNING CURVE TO YOUR COMMUNITY!
LEARNING CURVE is a 60 minute show that can be adapted to your audience, venue or educational purposes. Making it meaningful for every audience and budget.
Each Time the play is booked, it also brings the Luminous Minds Project to your area to speak with students, teachers, academics, and or mental health professionals. Please fill out the contact form to the right and we will reach out as soon as possible. Currently booking for the 2019 Season
"I'm telling my story in hopes to find others that have had a similar experience; create honest representation and give validation to those that often feel alone. That teachers and parents see and begin to understand the lived experience, not only the academic struggle, but the social and emotional reality that we go through everyday. My hope is that it builds understanding and empathy within the hearts of viewers that trickle into social change. It's time to start having real change in our school system and it starts by sharing our experience and having brave conversations.
Luminous Minds Project 2018