“Sariyah is a compassionate and hilarious mentor who explodes with positive energy. She always joins in on the fun but when it’s time for business, she don’t play. She will show you everything you have and demand that you strive for your greatest potential.”
— Acting and Spoken Word student at Out of Site, San Francisco
Sariyah Idan believes in the power of personal story and interdisciplinary performance to transform individuals, communities and societies. She is committed to deepening the conversation by drawing out the unique purpose of individuals, discussing hard topics, and building community. Her POETRY TO PERFORMANCE method is versatile and can be used to coach young and developing writer-performers, invite activists/organizers to deepen their connection to their work and community, guide seasoned artists to discover new areas of their work. Ideal workshop size is between five and fifteen. Length of time can vary depending on needs and capacity. With over a decade of teaching experience, a BA in Arts and Social change from Hampshire College, an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from CIIS, and her experience as an internationally touring singer-songwriter, dancer and actor-playwright, Sariyah brings a wealth of tools to the workshop table.
POETRY TO PERFORMANCE draws out and polish the passions of participants. The work begins on the page, moves into sharing aloud and potentially into performance. With a background in spoken word poetry, theater, dance and music/lyricism, Sariyah tailors her coaching to the unique needs and gifts of participants while encouraging discussion, participant critique, and accountability to each other. Levels can range from beginner to professional. Style ranges from self exploration to poetry, music and theater development. Workshops can also be crafted as writing and discussion groups for organizers, educators, and activists to deepen their work and relationship.
Sariyah utilizes skills from her training with WE GOT ISSUES art and activism leadership training –centered on the principles of Hip Hop– to assist students in integrating personal narrative with artistic practice and subtly or overtly engaging socio-political issues. The POETRY TO PERFORMANCE method helps participants to see greater vision, reach higher capacity, and make good art. It is the process Sariyah utilized to create her internationally touring solo theater show Homeless In Homeland along with the guidance of director Shyamala Moorty.
Sariyah has taught poetry, dance, music and acting to students ranging from elementary to college age. Classes range from a one time workshop to ongoing classes to directing ensemble and solo theater works. She has taught with the F.L.O.W. Program at Camp David Gonzales Detention Center, at Out of Site , through the Performing Arts Workshop, at Art Share LA , the UCLA Hillel , the Common Ground on the Hill Festival, among other places.
Sariyah is also available to coach artists one on one.
For workshop and coaching inquiries send a message here.