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Self and Community Care [clear filter]
Friday, June 14

1:30pm MDT

Image Theater and The Principals of Recovery for Movements
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This session will look at challenges to movement building and movement "success" through the lens of recovery as established in the 12 steps and 12 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. 

Abstract: Using Theater of the Oppressed games and Image Theater techniques, participants will review the 12 steps as they will have been adapted specifically for working in a non-religious, gender-neutral context. The group will explore how the practices outlined in recovery programs can be applied within the context of liberatory practice. Participants will create images of those aspects of "self" present for self, community and movement space and explore what manifestation of "higher power" might be required to overcome these "defects". 

Challenging Questions
1. What are the "defects" that you recognize as preventing forward momentum for you, your community, social justice groups concerning liberatory practice and how might it be considered on the scale of entire movements?

2. What concept of higher power can you embrace outside of a religious concept that might revive and sustain you, your community and/or social justice groups concerning liberatory practice?

3. What name might be given to the compulsions that negatively affect your own ability, your community and movement groups to engage effectively in liberatory practices?

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Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Saturday, June 15

1:30pm MDT

How Our Identities Binds or Blinds Our Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: How do identities we have influence how we facilitate and teach? In this workshop participants will deepen their understanding of self and how it informs our practice and our everyday collaborations. 

Abstract: Using techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed, improv, stand up and playback theatre, we will explore our individual identity.  It is my intention in this workshop to grow more self-aware practitioners so we can continue to responsibly offer support and collaborations to our partners and clients. We will take a closer look at who we are and how that informs how we facilitate and work collaboratively. This workshop is about preparing ourselves to be better practitioners by gaining a greater sense of who we are by looking at our identities and how that influences what we do. Often times we apply the work of Theatre of the Oppressed to clients and partnerships without looking at how that work can allow us as practitioners to gain a better sense of self. What can we learn about ourselves through Boal’s games for actors and non-actors? Possible outcomes may result in a self-care plan, a deeper understanding of the identities we carry that matter most, a list of personal values and how that informs our work professionally, a set of goals and accountability partners to achieve said goals. As an applied theatre practitioner, this is not intended to be therapeutic. In its design, it is about building self-awareness. If there are drama therapists in the network, I am open to collaboration to offer a more intentional therapeutic angle and to serve as additional support in the room for participants.
Challenging Questions
1. How do the identities we have influence our practice and influence our collaborations?
2. How does Theatre of the Oppressed influence you personally?
3. How can you allow yourself to fully show up in your practice? 

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Mary C. Parker

Master's Student, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Mary C. Parker is a Master’s student studying Applied Theatre at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England and Board of Director for Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. Prior to returning to school, Mary utilized her expertise in dialogue facilitation and... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA