On November 8, 2019, Assistant Professor of Applied Theater Rachel DeSoto-Jackson was invited for a third consecutive year to present a national Master Class workshop at the Smithsonian Latino Center in Washington, DC.
The workshop, titled “The Secrets of Non-Verbal Communication,” was presented during the 2019 Young Ambassador Program Post-Collegiate Seminar to 24 Latinx young professionals from across the US. The interactive workshop focused on the application of communication skills across a wide range of disciplines through the use of theatrical practice. Participants applied these skills in an originally created Forum Theatre Simulation scene, during which they engaged in live problem-solving for more effective interpersonal communication in work settings.
The Young Ambassadors Program at the Smithsonian Latino Center works to create a community of emerging Latinx leaders and life-long learners by providing opportunities for academic and professional enhancement and fostering exposure and access to various professionals and their fields via the Smithsonian Institution and its resources.
DeSoto-Jackson directs the Applied Theater initiative in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance and teaches an interdisciplinary course open to all majors, THTR 361 – The Performance of Caring, which focuses on learning and applying empathetic and interpersonal communication skills in all disciplines.