We believe that story is a powerful tool for fostering connection, and that when one person shares their story, it empowers others to do the same. We lead and participate in community events and workshops on thematic topics related to our plays, and on the theatre's role in helping us to forge connections with one another around issues of identity and community. We love working with community organizations through workshops, events, and custom projects to find creative ways for people to share their own stories. If you have thoughts on how to collaborate with us, we'd love to hear from you.
Workshop: What Do You Do?
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6 - 8:30 PM
230 Independence Way
Danvers, MA 01923
Hosted by Blue Cord Management, Institute for Career Transitions, & Workbar
Why is the first question we always ask the people we meet, “What do you do?” How does the job we do affect how we value ourselves and connect with others? Is there other language we can invent to better talk about the lives we create?
Join playwrights Kate Marple and Melissa Bergstrom for an evening of conversation and connection as they share excerpts from their documentary play Big Work, and facilitate a post reading workshop aimed at exploring the complex role that work plays in our lives. Based on interviews with 40 real people across the United States, Big Work is a modern day meditation on the American Dream. Through the stories of every day people, the play brings to life questions at the heart of what it means to be human. What matters most to me? How do I balance all the pieces of my life? What do I want to leave behind?
At the end of the workshop, participants will be guided through writing their own response to these questions. Come for an evening that harnesses the power of performance and the freedom that comes with owning and sharing your own story.
Guest Lecture: Bringing Real Stories to the Stage
February 23, 2017
Undergraduate Theatre Department
Melissa and Kate spent a memorable evening with Emerson's undergraduate documentary theatre class discussing how you find people to interview, the need to let the story tell you what it is, what obligation (if any) playwrights have to uncover truth, and how casting decisions can change how real stories are heard.