I'm thrilled and honored to be directing four different original monologues, to be filmed here in NYC as part of Cleveland Play House (CPH) education department's C.A.R.E. (Compassionate Arts Remaking Education) program. Supported by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, this one-of-a-kind program for K-5th students is being developed to improve social emotional learning (SEL) skills and increase literacy learning through the use of real-time professional development, high-quality digital tools and Common Core standards-based instruction integrating Drama, English Language Arts and SEL. CPH has commissioned a diverse group of nearly two dozen playwrights from across the country to create original monologues as program teaching tools. I'm directing two pieces by Philip Dawkins (Charm), one by Kimber Lee (Brownsville Song [b-side for tray]), and one by Lisa Loomer (Roe), all of which feature bilingual (English/Spanish) characters. Once the pilot phase is completed, the program--and these filmed monologues--will be disseminated for use in schools nationwide.