KPage Stuart Valdes

I started my writing career in the early 2000's in theater, and had a number of music-theater pieces produced in NYC's downtown theater scene. I was artist in residence at the Obie award winning there HERE Art Center, where my shows Comedian from a Crumbling Empire and The Memory Orchestra Murmurs were both produced.

I also had a mention in the New Yorker Magazine when my third music-theater piece, Western Unidad was produced by the Obie Award winning Ice Factory Festival. That was fun!

In those years, I also wrote a lot of poems, and was published as a poet in a number of journals. Here is a sample.

 

Lastly, in addition to my artistic work , I am a progressive educator in the field of social and emotional learning which supports teachers and students as they build positive communication skills and counter bias. My work in this field has influenced my creative life and vice versa. As such, I regularly write columns to assist teachers working in this area for George Luca's educational site, Edutopia.

Making Transitions Work for Students and Teachers

Role-Play as an SEL Teaching Tool

The Untapped SEL Tool: Conflict

And, I write a regular blog for Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility  called SEL Tips that gives teachers simple approaches to integrating social and emotional learning into the everyday lives in the classroom.

http://www.morningsidecenter.org/sel-tips

I also have a book coming out in 2018 from Rowman & Littlefield called Humanizing the Classroom: Using Role Plays to Teach Social and Emotional Skills.