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Active Bystander Training for Adults & High School Youth

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

- Free

A free community workshop sponsored by the Arlington Disability Commission and presented by True Story Theater.
Please REGISTER* in advance for this meeting and program to receive the Zoom link and handout:

https://town-arlington-ma-us.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu2vpj8pH91k4lA9olzkg97Nj6SwBbQy

DESCRIPTION

An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses an offensive or threatening situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse that situation, or keep it from escalating. Learn how to become a more effective active bystander! Whether we’re at work, school, family gatherings, or on social media, we all witness offensive or threatening situations where we want, but hesitate, to intervene.

This is an interactive workshop that explores responding to everyday bigotry, being open to receiving feedback, and engaging in constructive dialogue with someone who has engaged in offensive behavior. We will practice practical strategies for handling specific situations and will help you discover what tools may work best for you.

Training includes a comprehensive 20-page packet of various strategies and resources for becoming an effective upstander. Please plan to join the training a few minutes early.

This workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture, a local agency funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

*Notice to the Public on meeting privacy* In the interests of preventing abuse of videoconferencing technology (i.e. Zoom Bombing) all participants, including members of the public, wishing to engage via the Zoom App must register for each meeting and will notice multi-step authentication protocols. Please allow additional time to join the meeting. Further, members of the public who wish to participate without providing their name may still do so by registering to receive the meeting info and using the telephone dial-in information provided.

We welcome and appreciate your donations to True Story Theater.  Donate HERE.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, May 14, 7:00-8:30 pm – “Stories of Youth with Disabilities”  An online True Story Theater public performance in partnership with Arlington Disability Commission. Learn more.

Thursday, July 14, 6:00-7:30 pm – “Stories of Invisible Disabilities” honoring the stories of older adults. An in-person True Story Theater performance in partnership with the Arlington Council on Aging and Disability Commission. Stay tuned!

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://town-arlington-ma-us.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu2vpj8pH91k4lA9olzkg97Nj6SwBbQy

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States

Organizer

True Story Theater

Details

Date:
May 18
Time:
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Website:
https://town-arlington-ma-us.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwodu2vpj8pH91k4lA9olzkg97Nj6SwBbQy

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States

Organizer

True Story Theater

What happens in a True Story Theater performance?  Our events bring together the delight of improvisation with the riveting vulnerability of people sharing their personal truth.

The show’s emcee (called “the conductor”) facilitates brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who share their own feelings and experiences related to the show’s theme.  After each conversation, the actors and musician immediately embody the key feelings and actions they heard, using movement, music, dialogue, and superb listening. All of it is improvised on the spot. During the course of a 75 minute show, True Story enacts about 6-8 stories.

From this simple interaction, audience members laugh, cry, get insights about their lives, and feel an expanded sense of community. You can share a moment from your life and see it performed, or just come to watch.

What are True Story Theater’s classes like?  We will teach you the basic of Playback Theatre, which can hone your listening skills for everyday life.  All are welcome.  Classes are supportive, informal, intimate, and fun, an enriching experience for both newcomers and experienced actors.