Leslie Marko, Director of Theatre Education at the Laboratory for the Study of Ethnicity, Racism and Discrimination (LEER and virtual archive ARQSHOAH) of the University of Sáo Paulo in Brazil, recently visited the Ghetto Fighters' House in order to learn about the drama and theatre program at the Yad Layeled Children's Museum. She observed the drama workshops and watched the monodrama The Dance of Joy and Sorrow that is based on the true story of Holocaust survivor Lea Fried. She also gave a two hour workshop for the museum staff in which she explained how she incorporates theatre pedagogy into Holocaust education, and met with Anat Carmel, director of the children's museum. Possible joint projects are also being explored between Yad Layeled and the various academic programs in which Ms. Marko is involved.
As well, Ms. Marko is a lecturer at the School of Higher Education in Marketing & Communication Management in Sao Paulo (ESPM) and she met with the Director of the Spanish & Latin America Desk, Nora Gaon, in order to discuss possible future exchange programs for Brazilian students from ESPM.
Ms. Marko has been using theatre techniques in teacher workshops and helping teachers to develop their own art-based Holocaust curriculum in their schools. She has also developed and directed several plays about the Holocaust for both adolescents and adults.
Interested in theatre during the Holocaust as part of her doctorate, Ms. Marko, who is the Latin America representative of the International Jewish Theatre, also met with the museum's archive staff in order to examine documents and photographs from the Holocaust period that are evidence to the spiritual resistance of the Jewish community.