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Biography

James Miles worked as an educator in the New York City public schools for almost 20 years prior to moving to Seattle in 2016. Before joining Mentor Washington as the Executive Director, Miles served as the Executive Director of Seattle based Arts Corps. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationally as an artist and educator, who was inspired to foment change after seeing so many children that looked like him, get disregarded and treated like criminals by our educational systems. His acclaimed TedX Talk focuses on his mission to narrow achievement gaps using the arts as a tool to navigate inequitable educational systems. Miles is a Mayoral Appointee to the Seattle Arts Commission, and on the advisory board of SXSW EDU. A former accountant, model, and actor, Miles has facilitated workshops and designed curriculum for the New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, Village Theatre, Arts Impact, Denver Performing Arts Center, Impact Schools, and others. Previously a professor at NYU, James taught a myriad of classes, ranging from Acting and Directing to EdTech and Special Education. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented at SXSW EDU, NYU’s IMPACT Festival, NYU Shanghai, New York Creative Tech Week, EdTechXEurope, Google Educator Bootcamp, UAEM North America, UAEM Europe, National Guild, ITAC, and provided professional development to teachers across the world. His work has been featured by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, National Guild, Seattle Times, KOMO, KEXP, NPR, CBS, NBC, US Department of Education, and ASCD. James is a consultant with Continua Consulting, and  is the co-founder ofLeadersDontLead.com, a leadership coaching agency. Learn more about James Miles and his work at www.freshprofessor.com

Art Forms

Theatre, Music, Media Arts / Digital Arts, Literary Arts, Multi-Disciplinary

Primary Art Form

Theatre

Are you willing to travel for work?

Yes – Up to 10 miles

Are you currently looking for work?

0

Experience Level

10+

Program Experience

exposure (on-site assembly/off-site field trip), residency, culminating participant experience (performance, exhibition, parent community engagement)

Populations Experience

youth: 0-5, youth: 5-18, youth: 18-24, families/parents guardians, healthcare patients, differently abled people, immigrant populations, indigenous populations, LGBTQ+, incarcerated youth, incarcerated adults, veterans, older adults, business professionals, teachers/educators

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