Miranda Olzman

Teaching Counselor

Miranda is celebrating her second year working with Girls Leadership. Miranda comes to Girls Leadership with a wealth of teaching and performance experience. While earning her BA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University she founded and ran the Parliamentary Debate team at Santa Rosa High School. For seven years she worked with high school students on presentation and argumentation skills. During this time she realized that being a teacher consisted of much more than what went on in the classroom—teachers give students life skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. She received her MA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance Studies from San Francisco State University. During this time she also created the beginnings of a career as a performance artist. She has been teaching Communication, Rhetoric and Performance Studies courses at the University level for the past six years. As an activist/teacher/performance artist, Miranda is invested in using an intersectional lens to work towards a more just world. She believes that two of her main jobs as an educator are to validate the experiences youth have and give them vocabulary to describe their experiences in more complex ways. Miranda’s performance art centers the body and our relationship as a culture to fatness, health, disability, and other aesthetics of the body. As you see in her bio picture, she is rarely seen without her service dog whose formal name is Ziggy Pigwidgeon Stardust but usually just goes by Ziggy. As for teaching, Miranda is particularly invested in educating a younger generation about how our bodies are to be loved regardless of whatever the current cultural narrative of perfection is. Miranda believes that performance in all of its various forms is a way to bring people together and understand how their narratives connect to each other as well as larger themes within social justice work. She is excited to learn what campers are passionate about and to teach them how to express their voices through performance art and activism this year!