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Mass Transit Theater Workshops and Performances

(All workshops can be given as a 90- minute Introductory session,
 Or initiate a 4-8 session workshop series, and can be adapted for community/church groups)
 

For Middle and High School:

Writings of Passage:  Spoken Word for Empowerment
Actors perform excerpts from Act 3 of Solid Ground.
Then students will create their own "Writings of Passage", celebrating their values, talents and life goals. 

Critical and Creative Thinking about "Solid Ground: A Play about Landing on your Feet”

After viewing the performance, through role-play and discussion, students and actors will investigate how social forces and underlying beliefs affected the characters’ circumstances and behaviors. 

Interactive Role Play / Open and Close Communication

Actors brainstorm common conflict scenarios with students and then enact them in a role-play.
Students are invited to notice when communication seems to be shutting down and to call “freeze”. Students then advise characters in the role-play about ways to open the communication.

 

For Elementary Students:

 ‘Super Power Play’ Writing for K-5

 This workshop/performance in creative writing fosters resilience, SEL and critical thinking.
  Actors perform their own ‘Super Power Play’.
In the talk-back that follows, the actors explain that the stories are based on the premise that our powers to love, learn, and face fear are ‘Super’ in that they are limitless and can't be taken from us.
The actors then take the students through a guided imagery exercise that contains a ‘Super Power’ Story framework.

Students draw pictures, write or dictate their own stories. Then actors perform a story for the group based on ideas generated by students.

Interactive Role Play / Open and Close Communication with puppets for K-5

Actors brainstorm common conflict scenarios with students and then use puppets to enact them in a role-play.
Students are invited to notice when communication seems to be shutting down and to call “freeze”. Students then advise characters in the role-play about ways to open the communication.

Mediation Skills taught by puppets

Using puppets, mediation skills are demonstrated. Then students are invited to mediate conflicts enacted by puppets.

 

For Parents, Teachers and Administrators K-12

Secondary Teachers:

The Power Lens as a Research Tool

Actors demonstrate ways in which research questions can be generated through the use of the power lens to generate penetrating, comprehensive research writing about how personal, economic, environmental and political power dynamics help create and can point to solutions to critical contemporary social issues.

 

All adults

Interactive Role Play / Open and Close Communication

Actors brainstorm common conflict scenarios involving power dynamics within gender and or race relationships with participants, and then enact them in a role-play. Participants are invited to notice when communication seems to be shutting down and to call “freeze”. They then advise characters in the role-play about ways to open the communication.

 Whole School Community Mediation
 
Training adults to understand and use mediation skills in the classroom, schoolyard and at home using real situations and actors in role-play.

Solid Ground: A Play about Landing on Your Feet / Discussing Strategies for Youth Empowerment

After viewing a taped or live performance of “Solid Ground” which deals with domestic and relationship violence, bullying, and teen depression, participants discuss crucial issues facing underserved youth and ways of empowering students through active listening, storytelling, drama and poetry. 

 

Peer Coaching for Adults and Students to Strengthen School Community

This workshop teaches basic coaching skills, such as active listening, identifying limiting beliefs, and clarifying values, goals and creative strategies to strengthen relationships among staff, students and family members.

 

For Colleges and Universities

Under Our Skin:
On Gender, Race and Power

(For professors and/or students)

Interactive Role Play / Open and Close Communication

Actors brainstorm common conflict scenarios involving power dynamics within gender and or race relationships with participants, and then enact them in a role-play. Participants are invited to notice when communication seems to be shutting down and to call “freeze”. They then advise characters in the role-play about ways to open the communication.

Critical thinking about Gender, Race and Power

Actors perform monologues from our new work, “Under Our Skin: On Race Gender and Power”. Then, using a framework of inquiry we call a “Power Lens” We examine personal, cultural, economic and political forces at play within race and gender issues.

The Power Lens as a Research Tool

Actors demonstrate ways in which research questions can be generated through the use of the power lens to generate penetrating, comprehensive research writing about how personal, economic, environmental and political power dynamics help create and can point to solutions to critical contemporary social issues.

Creating Transformative Theater for Students K-5

Actors demonstrate methods of generating stories and performing them with students K-5

Creating Transformative Theater for Students 6-12the grade

Actors demonstrate methods of generating poetry, and stories and performing them with students 6-12th grade.

  

Interactive Role Play / Open and Closed Communication for K-12

Actors demonstrate ways that Interactive Role Play can be used to teach ways of open and respectful communication in conflict scenarios to students K-12

Peer Coaching for Adults and Students to Strengthen School Community

This workshop teaches basic coaching skills, such as active listening, identifying limiting beliefs, and clarifying values, goals and creative strategies to strengthen relationships among staff, students and family members.

Whole School Community Mediation
 
Training adults to understand and use mediation skills in the classroom, schoolyard and at home using real situations and actors in role-play.

 

For Teachers, Administrators and Parents:

Solid Ground:
A Play About Landing on your Feet

Participants view DVD or live performance of Solid Ground, which explores issues of domestic and relationship violence, bullying, homophobia, racism and PTSDfollowed by a discussion of these and other issues young people are facing today and possible ways of empowering them to address these issues effectively.

 

Interactive Role Play / Open and Close Communication

Actors brainstorm common conflict scenarios with participants, and then enact them in a role-play. Participants are invited to notice when communication seems to be shutting down and to call “freeze”. They then advise characters in the role-play about ways to open the communication.

 

‘Super Power’ Story Telling for you and your students

This workshop invites adults to create a fantasy story using a guided narrative exercise designed to identify and celebrate commitments to peace, justice and contribution. In doing so, they celebrate their own goals and values while learning to do the same with their students.

 

To learn more contact:
 Lynn Fischer, Artistic Director
lafmasstran@gmail.com

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