Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine
True Story Theater will be offering a workshop as part of the pre-conference and performance to kick off the multi-day TLAN conference. The conference, founded in 2003, features workshops in four tracks: narrative medicine, social change, right livelihood (and making a living through the arts), ecological literacy, and engaged spirituality.
True Story Theater Pre-Conference Workshop
Friday, August 18th, 9:30-11:30 AM
Creative Empathy that Builds Bridges Across Difference — Learn applied improv tools from True Story Theater ensemble members. The session will help you express not only through your words, but also through your face and body–in a way that helps people feel heard and reaches to the heart of human stories.
True Story Theater Keynote Performance
Friday, August 18th, 7 PM
Stories of Stigma and Social Healing — We open the conference with personal stories — a key to human connection. In Playback Theater performance, volunteers from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives. On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music, movement, and dialogue. From this simple interaction, people laugh, cry, share fresh insights, and bond. This performance will explore stories of healing from social stigmas of all sorts (e.g. race, class, ability, age, etc.).
Power of Words Conference: Transformation, Liberation, and Celebration Through the Spoken, Written, and Sung Word, with workshops, performances, talking circles, celebration, and more, featuring writers, storytellers, performers, musicians, community leaders, activists, educators, and health professionals.