Moriah Flagler

Moriah Flagler is a M.F.A. candidate in Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities at The University of Texas at Austin. After receiving her B.F.A. in Theatre Education from the University of Arizona, she taught seventh and eighth grade at Hermosa Montessori Middle School in Tucson, where she creatively wove drama-based pedagogy into the Montessori curriculum. Before moving to Austin, she spent two years teaching English as a second language in Quepos, Costa Rica. One of her favorite parts about teaching English was bringing language to life with her students through creative drama. While in Costa Rica, she began an improvisational theatre troupe for adolescents that toured and led community workshops, exposing many people to improvisational theatre for the first time. There, she also helped devise and performed in Sexo, con o sin Amor (Sex, with or without Love), a play that humorously explores issues around gender and sexuality in the community. Additionally, she toured to several rural schools with the play, El Cemeterio de los Libros Olvidados (The Cemetery of the Forgotten Books), inspiring children to keep literature alive through reading. Flagler is excited to continue her work with young people while at The University of Texas, discovering new ways to inspire them to tell their stories and strengthen their communities.