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Piper Anderson

Piper Anderson

Part-time Faculty
B.A. Creative Writing, The New School of General Studies, 2007
M.A. Applied Theatre, CUNY School of Professional Studies, 2011

As a community arts practitioner, writer, and educator Piper Anderson has dedicated her life to using the arts and education to advocate for social justice. In 2001, realizing the destructive impact of prisons and policing on her community, a 21-year old Anderson became Blackout Arts Collective’s Lyrics on Lockdown National Tour Coordinator and directed the cultural campaign that reached more than twenty-five U.S communities creatively catalyzing a dialogue about the urgent need for criminal justice reform. Lyrics on Lockdown is now a course at NYU, taught by Anderson, where the mission has become to inspire the next generation of leaders to be advocates and practitioners for justice. Over the last fifteen years, Anderson has cultivated her “arts for social transformation” practice working in communities internationally. Her work integrates the arts, education, and a range of healing practices. Currently, she serves as Director of Education and Artist Development for Young Audiences New York, where she designs innovative arts education programs that enrich and enliven the learning experience for young people, preparing them to be engaged 21st century citizens. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The New School where she was a Riggio Writing Democracy Fellow and a Master’s in Applied Theatre from CUNY. To learn more visit www.piperanderson.com


Contact Information

Piper Anderson

Part-time Faculty
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(212) 99Email
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Office Hours
Monday By Appt
Tuesday By Appt
Wednesday By Appt
Thursday By Appt
Friday By Appt


2014 Spring

Lyrics on Lockdown: Young Women in the Prison System
Mon 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

2014 Fall

Lyrics on Lockdown
Mon 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

2013 Spring

Lyrics on Lockdown: Young Women in the Prison System
Wed 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

2013 Fall

Lyrics on Lockdown
Mon 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

2012 Fall

Lyrics on Lockdown
Mon 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Research and Teaching Interests

applied theatre; community-based performance; community cultural development; arts-in-education; youth development; prison arts projects; community-based strategies for prisoner re-entry; community healing through performance

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