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She is undeniably a brilliant storyteller. However, what makes Caits so unique is her uncanny ability to create beautiful spaces that encourage people to discover and share their inner storyteller, too!
Caits ran the Tribeca Film Institute Tribeca Teaches program while I was executive director. The program thrived under her direction. She formalized boring administrative tasks, in order to create time and room for the important work — inspiring artists (in this case teaching artists) to be their best. In addition to her incredible work with the Tribeca Teaches program, Caits was just a pleasure to work with and was a true team player. Caits is that rare combination of creative force and consummate professional and I have no hesitation in recommending her fully!
Caits Meissner is a profoundly talented and inspired facilitator who has the rare ability to light a fire in the hearts and minds of educators. Her workshops are rich and dynamic in a way that reconnects teachers with the “Wow!” of both teaching and learning, providing them with the creative tools, resources, and support to transform their practice and reignite their spark. I have had the pleasure and privilege of collaborating with and learning from Caits for over 7 years as a supervisor, project partner, and collaborator and am forever inspired by her professional skill, critical thinking, and bottomless well of creativity. Caits does not just “get the job done” she surpasses expectations, refines and refocuses individual and collective goals, and raises the game of every person who is lucky enough to engage with her.
Two parts sweetness + three parts fire, add water for flow then stir and we get Caits, a thirst quenching concoction of creative power. Caits has an amazing ability to move, touch and inspire via her writing, performance and presentation. She’s a student’s dream teacher, a coach who can help others transform their lives and a gift to humanity.
Caits changes the air and facilitates a kind of magic. She turns a regular classroom into a buzzing studio space that cultivates authentic expression and rigorous craft. When I have watched her treat young people with her specific blend of accuracy, compassion, and professionalism, I see them grow taller and I hear their poetry grow more brave.
I had the extreme joy of meeting Caits Meissner while serving a Life Sentence at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility. Right away, Caits projected a bright light to our poetry class! She reminded us that we were still alive, that we had desires and hopes worth writing about. She witnessed our struggles and listened without judgement. Behind razor wire, gates, locks, and cells, our poetry class was something that we could look forward to every week. For those moments we were able to feel truly free! In our mere hours with her, we did not feel like inmates. When we were with her, we felt like the human beings that we are.
One word: Brilliance. So apparent Caits’ intentional, powerful, delicate work in making sure we are not growing only language but people. Centering vulnerability and modeling it, then inviting others to do same — it’s rare you see that type of scaffolding in the creative heart education realm.
I worked with Caits when she created the educational curriculum for A Place to Stand, the powerful documentary about poet Jimmy Santiago Baca’s life. When director Daniel Glick and I saw the first drafts of the curriculum we knew Caits was the perfect person to create this book. A Place to Stand now has a beautiful and impactful curriculum to strengthen its purpose of reminding people of the possibility for personal transformation no matter what the circumstances. Caits has rare gifts! And she has the determination and work ethic to back up her passion and bring real life-changing work into the world.
Caits. This woman has altered my life in entirety. Thank God for summer school, because I luckily placed in her poetry class for my 3 week session, and boy was I excited to express all the things I felt I had to say. Caits is my definition of a hero and the epitome of accomplishment. She is Poet, she is Diary, she is Confidant, she is Friend, and she is Live.