There are certain experiences in life that stick with you forever. They are eye-opening and trying, and in the end you’ll come out of them a different person. Jordan Herskowitz had one of these experiences while studying abroad in South Africa.
Jordan participated in a program in South Africa through the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) which included a service learning program, which required that he engage with the local community as part of his academic program. His program placed the study abroad students (and students from the local universities) as mentors with children from the nearby township, seeking to create a sense of stability for the children. As a Theatre major, Jordan wanted to provide a group of local middle schoolers with an opportunity to get involved with the arts. He organized and directed a group of boys in a production of Peter Pan. Once the program was over, Jordan struggled with leaving the children he had met in Cape Town. He had made real connections with his students and then suddenly he had to leave and would probably never see them again.
Jordan returned home to the U.S. and started to focus on his theatre career. He founded his own production company, Jordy Pordy Productions, and began work on an autobiographical one-man show. He found success with his first show, Growing Up Jordy Pordy, traveling and performing in cities all around the U.S. as well as the U.K. and South Africa. Yet, his experiences in Cape Town still weighed on his mind. Jordan decided create a new production focused on the stories of the people he met during his semester abroad. For The Girls of Chapel Road, Jordan adapted his interviews with 14 girls from Cape Town into a theatrical piece. The show is currently being workshopped.
For more information about Jordan’s work, see www.jordypordy.com.