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The Sustainable Theater Workshop


The STW is a customizable, mobile, ensemble-based workshop that uses theatrical tools to bond, heal & lead a group of everyday people to an extraordinary creative experience.

Each workshop culminates in a brand new live performance created by that specific group. Each workshop functions in four stages:

  1. Group Bonding — this phase is the most important phase of the entire workshop. This is the subtle process of creating a safe place for the creation of a micro-community and group identity.
  2. Content Cultivation — this phase is where I lead students through a series of games and exercise with the focus of gathering content.
  3. Rehearsal — in this phase the performance is crafted and rehearsed in order to give the participants confidence in their live performance.
  4. Live Performance — the final part of the process where the group gets to share their work with a live audience.
    WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE SUSTAINABLE THEATER WORKSHOP?

    Glad you asked. This is not a traditional theater workshop. I do not work with actors, I work with people who specifically don’t identify as an actor, as they are the ones who benefit most from exposure to my the techniques in STW.

    I’ve worked with homeless kids in Brooklyn who never read their awesome poetry in front of an audience, Haitian students who have never done any sort of creative writing before, and a girl from Senegal who was so insecure about her English skills that barely spoke above a whisper. In one week, she went from a noticeably she and reclusive young girl, nervous about her English skills, to a proud, exuberant performer who volunteered to perform and speak lines — alone — in front of 700 high school students at The United Nations.

    So hand me the people who would never imagine themselves being on a stage and let the healing begin. The foundation of my workshop is storytelling, and the ability for participants to share stories, many times the first time they have done so publicly, is a transferable skill that can be used in every aspect of their lives.

    What’s next for STW?


    STW is planning right now for an amazing partnership with ESTEL, one of the first and only schools in Senegal, Africa that specializes in students with (dis)abilities. This version of STW will be the first to leave a scholarship behind for local students who can’t afford to attend. Sign up here to stay updated.

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