Asgerdur Harriss Johannesdottir

Asgerdur Harriss Johannesdottir

Northwest Region
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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I offer a variety of AIE Residency Programs, from interactive storytelling and puppet theatre, to using theatrical methods to explore core subjects like math and science.

Developing confidence is the core goal of my workshops, giving space for curiosity and creativity to lead to meaningful learning.

My workshops usually require minimal materials or props and are based on movements and theatrical methods to encourage learning, communication, empathy and understanding. If desired, I can also work with you to set up a play with costumes, make-up, and props (provided by the school).

I give two more detailed examples of workshops below, both can be adapted to any age group, ability level or setting. I can also work with you to provide a bespoke experience for your group.

Example workshop 1: Exploring Conflict through Drama, 8-10 year olds.

Each session is divided into smaller sections with short breaks for games, movement, and sharing ideas.

A topic is introduced through a dramatized story. That story is then used to explore the topic through, acting out and re-creating certain scenes, discussions, sharing observations with the group and other methods.


To enhance students´ confidence to deal with conflict and/or difficult social situations, practice “thinking on their feet”, express themselves and establish their own “voice”, realize consequences.

Create trust to explore sensitive issues.

Introduce students to basic theatrical concepts (i.e. character building, dialogue, script, and conflict).

Example workshop 2: Exploring Math through Drama, 7-9 year olds.

I offer math-drama workshops which are packed with physical activity and fun projects to explore math. Each session is divided into smaller sections with breaks for games, movement, and sharing ideas.
Students will explore basic mathematical concepts (i.e. sense of space and size, counting, and arithmetic operations) through physical movements and gestures, storytelling, drama, games and collaboration.

Goals: To strengthen students’ confidence and curiosity to explore the beauty of mathematics, and to reduce the anxiety that too often accompanies the subject.

Completed the Arkansas Arts Councils professional development workshop, Connecting to the Common Core, presented by Amy Braswell and hal evans on April 20, 2013.

Completed the Arkansas Arts Council's professional development workshop, "Folk Arts in Education," presented by Dr. Gregory Hansen and Essie "The Blues Lady" Neal on April 26, 2014.


I have a Masters in Drama & Theatre in Education from Warwick University (UK) and I completed my B.Ed at the University of Iceland.

My MA research focused on using drama to develop conflict solving skills and since then I have increasingly focused on Paulo Freire´s philosophy and August Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) techniques. I have trained with Julian Boal on using TO techniques in education and encouraging social change.

The goal of my workshops is to develop curiosity, confidence, and creativity within my students. I strongly believe that curiosity is the foundation of learning and when possessing the confidence to pursue and create we can learn and develop skills in a meaningful way. I have found that methods which utilize a variety of skills yield deeper understanding and ability to transfer knowledge into dexterity.

I have both local and international teaching experience and have given storytelling, drama, and puppet theatre workshops around Arkansas. I have been involved with regional arts and theatre organizations since I moved to Fayetteville in 2010 where I have lead theatre workshops, performed with puppet theatre groups, made giant puppets, and helped organize and raise funds for the annual Puppets in the Park festival.

Professional Development is important to me and I regularly attend events and conferences around the country, constantly striving to improve and develop my own understanding and pedagogy, skills, and techniques. I have completed the Arkansas Arts Council´s PD training, A+ Arts Integration in Education training, along with several local PD workshops at Walton Arts Center and Crystal Bridges.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open except September 2017 - January 2018
Special Needs: Large enough space to move comfortably around and do hands-on work in groups. Depending on nature of workshop: overhead projector, computer, film equipment, stage, lights, etc.