Antoinette co-directed and co-created a theatrical piece with 40 HIV+ orphans, ranging in age from four to fourteen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia through Dr. Jane Aronson’s Worldwide Orphans Foundation. The performance took place May of 2006 at The National Theatre of Ethiopia to a standing-room only crowd which included members of the Clinton Foundation. Antoinette and her creative colleagues (James Hallett, James Haven and Lisa Rothe) were sent by the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, founded by Dr. Jane Aronson, who is also known as the “Orphan Doctor”. The experience was inspirational, life-changing and filled with a tremendous amount of love and generosity. Her journals of the experience were published in the Teaching Artists Journal (TAJ.)
Dr. Jane Aronson, who started the Worldwide Orphan Foundation believes that the children in WWO’s many orphanages across the developing world need creative expression. The next step is to have an “artists in residence” program in which volunteers travel to these orphanages and teach the children how to express themselves creatively. For more information, and to learn more about Dr. Jane Aronson and her work, visit the Worldwide Orphan Foundation’s website.
Antoinette was also an adjunct Professor at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program for seven years. At NYU Grad, she taught Theatre Games and co-founded with James Calder, the advanced workshop, “Kinetics of Literature,” which challenges actors to create visceral theatre inspired by great literature, movies and art. She co-founded NYU’s Alumni Lab in which she and James Calder worked with NYU’s Graduate Acting alumni, helping them to create and work on original material. Antoinette also co-taught and co-directed NYU undergraduate theatre majors in the basics of Commedia dell’Arte with James Calder at La Pietra (NYU) in Florence, Italy and, at the New York Institute of Technology, she taught undergrads “How to Direct Actors.”
Antoinette has also taught various classes at J. Michael Miller’s The Actor’s Center where she was a Teaching Fellow. Her independent Improvisation workshops include teaching at Chamber Music America’s 2002 national conference, teaching master classes to high school students from across the country and teaching senior citizens as a visiting artist at SAGE in Astoria, Queens. Antoinette’s one-on-one coaching includes working with actors in the Broadway production of ENCHANTED APRIL on their Italian dialects, and also coaching actors preparing to audition for graduate programs and professional employment.
Antoinette is a Drama League Directing Fellow and assisted Jerry Zaks on the Broadway revival of THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER starring Nathan Lane.