We love partnering with community organizations to design custom workshops aimed at finding creative ways for people to discover and share their own stories, including by running the two types of workshops below. Do you have a specific conversation you would like to facilitate with your organization, company, or group? We also work with groups of all types and sizes to design customized, interactive workshops that harness the power of storytelling to build a sense of community and create dialogue about the ideas and questions that matter most to you. Contact us for rates and availability.
Forging Connections Through Story
We believe that story is a powerful tool for fostering connection and community, and that when one person shares their story, it empowers others to do the same. We lead a variety of community-building events and storytelling workshops to help individuals and groups forge connections with one another around issues of identity and community.
For example, we recently partnered with the Institute for Career Transitions in Lawrence, Massachusetts on an all-day story slam event that found people at all stages of employment exploring the big feelings that arise around our relationships to our jobs. After hearing excerpts from our play Big Work, the characters’ stories served as catalysts for the participants to discuss the ways that their own employment shapes the ways that they are seen and see themselves. Participants then shared stories of a moment where they felt deeply valued and wove those stories together in small groups before sharing them with all participants in a powerful story slam celebrating our true value as humans, and the connections that draw us together.
Community-Centered Documentary Storytelling Practices for Organizations
So often organizations, particularly nonprofits, struggle to tell stories about their work that are truly centered on and informed by the people most directly affected by the issue at-hand. By utilizing the same documentary storytelling techniques that we use to build our original plays for the stage, we provide front-line service practitioners, communications staff, and leadership teams with the tools and techniques they need to better involve communities in their storytelling practices, and the opportunity to flex these muscles in a participatory workshop setting.