Organizing for health and justice through performance and community collaboration.

Interactive workshops based in performance and community-generated communication help us find intuitive and innovative ways to articulate for ourselves, witness in our colleagues, and then mobilize as a group for specific practices toward health and social change. Contact Marie to book or discuss a workshop for your organization.

Methods: Workshops are tailored to a particular theme--such as addressing communication barriers in healthcare settings, highlighting community narratives about environmental injustice, or responding to racism in public education settings. Each workshop or series involves incremental participation in story-based and movement activities, rooted in improvisation, play, and seamlessly woven with particular skills-building goals and thematic content. Workshops are appropriate for all people's bodies and health statuses, and require no particular or prior experience.

Timing and Participation: Workshops range from one hour to a half-day or day-long session; or a series of workshops can be offered in a weeklong residency or as a multi-week series. Workshop offerings are tailor-made for organizations, schools, classrooms, and if desired by collaborators, can result in participants developing final arts-based presentations for public audiences.

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Examples

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

Duke Cancer Institute -- InterPlay afternoon workshop for patients and caregivers, (flyer) and InterPlay evening workshop for oncology healthcare providers (flyer), Duke Cancer Institute media

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

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With It is In You, Marie leads performance-based communication workshops which help participants creatively respond to challenges they face through listening-based and stress-relieving methods. Workshops are focused on building participants' everyday assets to pursue educational, inter-professional collaboration, or even restorative justice and public advocacy goals.