The Workshops

Your Story, Your Voice, Your Performance

America Too: It’s Our Health will begin with four Story Sharing Workshops on August 24 and 25 with, by, and for community members gathering to share their health and wellbeing experiences with professional playwrights and storytellers.

The stories shared at each of the workshops will be crafted into a series of short plays to be performed at Trinity Rep. The culminating live event will be held on Monday, October 21 and Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

Attend one, or attend them all. Everyone is welcome!

Join Sokeo Ros, Dancer, Storyteller, Performer, and Teacher for a Story to Stage Workshop

Saturday, August 24 from 11:30am – 2:00pm

Location: Cranston YMCA

This 2.5 hour workshop/session explores storytelling on its feet through the experimentation of conversation, improv and movement. There will be a series of movement exercises, spoken prompts, exploration of emotions and collaboration of the three. There is no writing involved in this workshop as everything will be recorded through video and notes. So please come ready to move, talk, feel and share with each other, our stories of community, culture, individual and the imaginative.

Join Dominic D’Andrea, Founder of the One Minute Play Festival

Saturday, August 24 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Pawtucket YMCA

Focusing on conversation, consensus building, and rapid-response content creation, this 4 hour workshop engages in a process that starts with community, and builds towards individual response. There is nothing to prepare. Just sign up, show up with an open mind, be prepared to move/write/share, and be willing to go where it takes you.

Join Meg Sullivan, Artistic Director for the Manton Avenue Project in Olneyville

Sunday, August 25 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: The Wilbury Theatre, Olneyville

Every person has a story, and every person’s story is important. This three-hour workshop for all ages will focus on autobiographical writing prompts and expressive movement activities to activate personal stories and open up possibilities to imagine healthy futures for ourselves and our communities. We will ask: What does my health mean to me? What is my community / family / personal health story? What is the definition of well-being? What is health care?

Join Val Tutson, Rhode Island Black Storytellers; Winner of the 2019 Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts

Sunday, August 25 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: The SouthLight Pavilion at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, Providence

What is the intersection of cultural storytelling and person/ contemporary stories that relate to our health and well being? How can we tell our stories better both in a small group or “on stage?” In this 3 hour workshop we will explore the art and craft of oral storytelling, and the differences between cultural storytelling and telling our personal stories. While some elements are the same, they are different. Learn how to uncover and tell your story.