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Sunday, June 16 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Supporting Resilience for Artists and Educators LIMITED

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Program Description: This collaborative/interactive session focuses on cultivating resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Session includes discussion, embodied practices, and resources.  

Abstract: This collaborative and interactive session focuses on cultivating personal and creative resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Specifically, we are investigating the most pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness inside educational institutions, creative companies, and community organizations. We speak from the wisdom of our experience as: womxn of color, an immigrant, and as a first generation college graduate.

We will structure the session in three parts, beginning with the panelists sharing their perspectives and experience that prompted this conference offering. Next, we will facilitate three embodied practices that we have found useful for self and community care that may also serve our attendees. These are (tentatively):
  • An active/physical approach to “polling” in a room full of people to encourage civil discourse. This is a twist on the forum and image theatre concepts.
  • Using image theatre to demonstrate abstract concepts such as oppression, patriarchy, etc, and re-shaping them into more positive, evolved figures.
  • An activity in which the group creates a pie chart of how our time is spent, then recreating a pie chart of how we wish our time was spent. We can also use bodies to physicalize this.
  • We will conclude will a facilitated group discussion in which participants can offer their own tools and wisdom on this topic, and provide a printed handout with additional resources and research.  

Challenging Questions
1. What are the pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness for graduate students, theatre artists, and educators?
2. What are three embodied personal practices that cultivate our health and well-being, and fuel our continued work?
3. How can we challenge oppressive systems in order to support more sustainable and meaningful creative and academic pursuits?

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Stacey Cabaj

Assistant Professor of Acting and Pedagogy, Loyola Marymount University
Stacey Cabaj is an award-winning actress, performance pedagogy specialist, and voice coach. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as teaching certifications in... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA