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Active Bystander Training

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

- $65

Thursdays Oct 22 and 29
Offered through Arlington Community Education

We all witness situations where we want, but may hesitate, to intervene. Will our response make things better or worse? Could we get hurt? Learn how to become a more effective active bystander, someone who not only witnesses a situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse a situation or keep it from escalating. In this interactive, two-evening workshop, learn to evaluate a situation to determine a safe and effective response and explore a variety of tactics for handling public attacks and microaggressions. Practice practical strategies for handling specific situations and discover what tactics may work best for you. Leave this class feeling more empowered and better informed.

Facilitator: Christopher Ellinger, director of True Story Theater, is a trainer, presenter and award-winning author. For over 10 years, he has co-led active bystander intervention trainings at universities, civic agencies, non-profit organizations, human rights commissions, and for the public

Details

Date:
October 22
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$65
Website:
https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/142/fall-2020/active-bystander-training

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

Details

Date:
October 22
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$65
Website:
https://arlington.ce.eleyo.com/course/142/fall-2020/active-bystander-training

Venue

Zoom video
MA United States + Google Map

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.