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Ashkon Davaran

Job Title:

Director of Dramatic Arts Dept.


Fine and Performing Arts


Phone: (510) 577-9100



Started at O'Dowd:



B.A. Theatre Arts, UC Santa Cruz; M.A. Applied Theatre, CUNY

Originally from:

Berkeley, CA

Why I Teach:

I teach in order to help create a space where young people can explore, be inspired, and grow - this is what my mentors did for me. I seek to be engaged with my community, learning alongside each other as we go.

Most powerful teaching technique:


Why are the subjects you teach important?:

Through drama we are able to deepen our understanding of ourselves and others. By embodying and exploring life in its many iterations we recognize our role in shaping it. And we do all of this collectively, perhaps even finding a sense of community along the way.

Favorite quotes:

"All I know is that I don't know." -Jesse Michaels

Favorite trivia:

Recommended visual media:

Do the Right Thing and The Danger of a Single Story, a TED Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Recommended reads:

All About Love by bell hooks, How to do Nothing by Jenny Odell, Autobiography by Malcolm X, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, There There by Tommy Orange

Hobbies or outside interests:

Music, books, plays, basketball

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