DSC_5253 compressed websizeJodi Beckwith is an experienced educator, actor, director and facilitator who has been designing and implementing programs that use interactive theatre to teach and train for over 20 years.  She has provided professional development, conducted residencies, and trained professionals in the fields of education, medicine, and law enforcement.  Jodi worked with Rochester Children’s Theatre, Young Audiences of Rochester, Wolf Trap Early Learning Through the Arts, and the Rochester City School District, conducting workshops for teachers on arts integration, and developing and implementing curricula that use interactive drama to teach literacy skills.  She facilitated parent-teacher communication training with pre-service teachers at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education, and collaborated with Lead Teachers at the Rochester City School District to develop workshops on conflict resolution and communication skills for union representatives and professional teacher mentors.  In 1996, Jodi created the Education Through Drama Program (ETD) at Planned Parenthood of Rochester, NY.  This program featured a teen theatre troupe that used interactive theatre to help young people problem-solve around issues such as sexual harassment, teen pregnancy, peer pressure, date rape, homophobia, sexual decision-making, and dating violence.  ETD also trained health professionals to use interactive drama as an educational tool.  Jodi directed ETD for 4 years, and then spent a year as the Assistant Education Director and a company member at Ardeo Theatre Project in St. Poitiers, France.  As a performance educator, Jodi uses interactive drama to train medical students at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and to train law enforcement officers and social workers in Forensic Interviewing Best Practices with the NYS Child Advocacy Consultation and Resource Center.  Jodi performs locally in commercials, videos, and on many Rochester stages.  She has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University, and an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU.