Interactive workshops based in creative communication methods give practice in speaking for ourselves, and stepping into authentic witness for our colleagues, and community or institutional partners. It Is In You workshop experiences are tailored to guide participants to: (1) identify existing resources and gaps, (2) mobilize tangible practices for transformative behaviors, theories, and structures for health, wellness, and equity.
Contact Marie to book or discuss workshop facilitation for your organization. (See methods, examples below)
Timing: Workshops range from 1 hour to a half-day or day-long session. Or, a series of workshops can be offered in a weekend retreat, weeklong residency, or weekly/monthly series.
Participation: Workshops are tailor-made for organizations and classrooms as stand-alone skills-building experiences for participants. As desired by collaborators, workshops can additionally result in participants’ development of a final guided and research-based, live arts presentation for institutional or public audiences.
Health Rights Storytelling for People with Burn Injuries -- Four 2-hour workshops for a total of 60 participants facing burn injuries, economic inequity and family violence in rural Salima and Lilongwe, Malawi, with U Can Danc, Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, UNC Chapel Hill faculty in collaboration with NC Jaycee Burn Center
Celebrating Courage: Holy Spirit Story and Song Workshop -- One 2-hour workshop with Tracey Brown Edwards and 60+ community members on multiracial, intergenerational organizing for civic change, building on legacies and models of Black leadership and Youth leadership in the rural south; The Lilies Project with ArtPlace America
Creative Communication for Clinical Pastoral Care -- statewide Clinical Pastoral Education conference workshop for 90 participants, InterPlay forms for healthcare storytelling and addressing compassion fatigue, UNC Healthcare and ACPE
Our Bodies, Our Stories: Performance Workshop for Intergenerational Movement-Building -- for NC Environmental Justice Network Summit, afternoon session with 40 intergenerational participants, co-led with scholar-activist-artist Pavithra Vasudevan
Neighbor to Neighbor Listening Circles -- Alliance of Carolinians Together (ACT) Against Coal Ash in Walnut Cove, Goldsboro, NC, InterPlay storytelling/witness methods, on what residents love about where they live, what they know from living near coal ash
Light in the Tunnel: Journeys with Cancer -- weekend workshop culminating in public presentation through InterPlay performance forms; designed as creative health communication for patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals; in Raleigh, Asheville, and more
Body as Sanctuary -- workshop for persons experiencing loss, grief, and currently facing illness; for Union Art Gallery's Special Exhibition by Dr. Renee Alexander Craft, Cosmo Whyte to shift representation of people of color in art about illness and dying
Cancer Centers of NC -- workshops and retreats for patients, caregivers, healthcare providers and social workers at Cancer Centers of NC; movement/dance, story/performance, with live sound healing musician Rev. Stacy Grove; mindfulness-based stress reduction programming partnership with Harding Birkhead, M.Div., RN
Amani Homes -- Youth Drug Rehabilitation Program afternoon performance workshop for teens and univ. students, Lamu Kenya
University of Nairobi, Kenya and Kilimanjaro Arts Collective, Moshi, Tanzania -- Cross-Cultural Understanding Dance Exchange workshop, Oral Literature + Performance (UoN) and community capacity building (Moshi, TZ)
Sonja Hanes Stone Center for Black Culture and History -- "Race, Gender, Toxicity" performance workshop engaging Cherie Moraga's play "Saints and Heroes" with black feminisms students (Dr. Tanya Shields), offering Breast Cancer Action + global performance for social change theory + methods
International Women's Day -- "Embodying Women's Poetry and Political History" dance/movement and poetry workshop for participants in southeast US International Women's Day
LGBTQ Center of Raleigh -- "Taking a Stance: Conflict Transformation and Embodied Action" public workshop in Theatre of the Oppressed and InterPlay methods
Forward Together, NC NAACP Freedom Summer -- "Embodying Justice" dance/movement, storytelling, InterPlay + community-building workshop for statewide youth leaders and clergy in Moral Freedom Summer; all night teach-in at NC Old State Capitol
Youth Organizing Institute -- "School to Prison Pipeline and Re-shaping the Prison Industrial Complex" dance/movement and story performance improvisation workshop for youth activists; all-day regional teach-in
Oral History and Performance interactive lectures and workshops for classrooms -- Topics like "Researching Race, Income, and Access in Public Education", "Land Displacement and Cultural Communication for Restorative Justice", "Ethnography in Action", "Creative Communication and Women's Leadership", "Rhetoric and Movements for Social Change", "Dance/Movement, Theater, and Adapting Oral History," "Ethics of Service Learning and Community-Based Interviewing", and more
Workshops are tailored to a particular theme--such as addressing communication barriers in healthcare settings, highlighting community narratives about environmental injustice, honing inter-professional communication skills, or addressing micro- and macro- forms of -isms and -phobias in education settings.
Workshops involve guided, incremental participation in story-based and movement activities, often rooted in improvisation, play, and affirmation, and woven with particular skills-building goals and thematic content.
Embodying and applying theory
Communication for social change, cultural difference and inclusion, service-learning and communication ethics, and health communication theory and methods are used alongside a tailored mix of InterPlay performance forms, theater and storytelling, movement/dance, vocal/breath, meditation and mindfulness forms, specific to each group and theme.
Workshops are appropriate for all people's bodies, mobilities, and health statuses.
Building Skills, Building Community
Performance-based communication workshops help participants creatively respond to challenges they face, and cultivate everyday assets by building skills in listening, stress management, personal and shared discernment processes, and advocacy and communication strategies at personal, interpersonal, institutional, and public/cultural levels.