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Belonging through Regional Storytelling Workshop
June 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wed June 12: 5:00-8:00 pm, Thurs, Fri, Sat, June 13,14,15: 9:00 a.m.-12 noon & 2:00-5:00 pm
Sun June 16: 6:00-8:00 pm
INQUIRE WITHIN PRODUCTIONS
Basil Burwell Theatre (BAZZ)
In the course of this five day workshop, participants will access unexpected power through storytelling. With the guidance of experienced storyteller, Jerry Stropnicky, participants will explore building capacities of storytelling in engendering a sense of belonging, strength and leadership. Participants will engage in personal storytelling while exploring applications of story work in community empowerment and regional exploration. The workshop is appropriate for adult participants at all levels of experience.
In this workshop, we’ll focus equal efforts on listening to stories and telling stories. Being present with our own stories and others,’ we will embrace vulnerability as our greatest strength as we access the stories within and around us, stories we may not yet have words to tell, or perhaps fear to tell or stories we wish to tell better to affect change. We’ll begin by exploring topics of work and class. We’ll work on scenes on our feet, observing and reinforcing the unique styles and physical presence of each participant, and access vivid, memorable language, focusing on rhythm, color and tone.
Workshop leader Gerard Stropnicky brings a wealth of experience in story, and more than forty years as a multi-faceted theatre professional. In addition to teaching story workshops, he writes and directs large-scale, site-specific productions featuring community casts, accessing local stories that address intractable issues within the community in Appalachia, the Deep South and Pennsylvania. He has also worked in communities in Rwanda and northern Uganda. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, published by Baker’s Play’s/Samuel French and Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, was culled from 200 years of letters to local newspapers. Gerard was a co-founder of Network of Ensemble Theaters. He also co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he directed and performed for 35 years. He was named United States Artists Lowe Fellow in Theater in 2010.