We host workshops that help organizations find creative ways for their people and communities to discover and share their own stories.
Upcoming Virtual Workshops (open to all)
Leading Community Story Circles to Build Community & Gather Perspectives (4 hours)
Monday, July 19 at 12 - 4 p.m. Eastern Time
$30 / person
Open to all; Max participants: 12
Via Zoom (link will be emailed after registration)
Nonprofit, legal aid, and health care organizations can use story circles to build and strengthen a sense of community between their staff members and/or between community members, as well as to gain insights and perspectives from community members on social and policy issues that inform the organization’s services and advocacy work. During this four-hour session, participants will first participate in a story circle and then learn how to facilitate one themselves. Note: Story circles are a community-building and perspective-gathering tool, NOT a tool for gathering stories for marketing purposes.
What you need to participate:
Do you have a specific conversation you would like to facilitate with your organization, company, or group? We love partnering 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 at Visitors@PerpetualVisitorsTheatre.org for rates and availability.
For example, we 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.
We also recently hosted a training to help nonprofit, legal aid, and health care organizations understand how to use story circles to build and strengthen a sense of community between their staff members and community members. Attendees participated in a story circle, learned how to facilitate one themselves, and unpacked how to use story circles to gain insights and perspectives from community members to inform the organization’s services and advocacy work.