Ayesis Clay is an actress, director, and teaching artist. Some of her favorite acting credits include Mayme in Intimate Apparel (Anacostia Playhouse), Bud Not Buddy (Adventure Theatre), and Miss Leah in Flyin’ West (CVPA-Suitland). Ayesis has written and produced Standing on the Edge, which has toured in locations across the US and recently premiered her one-woman show, Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns. She is a member of the 2019 Assistant Director Fellowship for People of Color (Adventure Theatre). For 14 years, Ayesis served as the Theatre Department Chairperson for the Center for the Visual and Performing Arts at Suitland High School and sat on the Prince George’s County Theatre Advisory Board where she developed curriculum for grades K-12 and produced the county’s annual Theatre Festival for over 1000 students.
Standing on the Edge Experience
Presented by: Ayesis Clay
Through theatre techniques, movement, and multimedia, students will rehearse the stage play, Standing on the Edge, while also exploring topics such as personal responsibility, discovering self awareness, building social awareness, overcoming obstacles, and self-identity. The play follows the journey of five characters as they experience insecurities, friendship, new-found love, tragic loss, and ultimate triumph...all in the course of four short years. Led by master teacher, Ayesis Clay, the residency lasts for 4 weeks and culminates in a public performance of the play with a targeted multimedia assisted talkback geared towards creating open dialogue between teens and their caregivers.
The Residency consists of 4 weeks of training (either in or after school). Preference is 5-6 hours per week.
Time: Standing on the Edge the show runs 70 minutes with a 15-20 min talkback.
Content Area: English/ Literature, Arts, Diversity, Social-Emotional Learning
Learning Standards: National Art Standards Anchor Standards & Common Core
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Capacity: Maximum number of stude