Uprising Theatre Company Presents: Stories To Change The World: Theatre and Storytelling for Justice Work
Saturday, 3:00pm | Studio
A combination staged reading and interactive workshop, this session will inspire, provoke, and equip you. Believing that stories can change the world, actors from Uprising Theatre Company will present selections of original plays dealing with topics like mental illness and family, transgender issues and religion, and sexuality and body image. They’ll share about the unique way their theatre company works and the impact these shows had on their community. They will also offer space for your reflections on the pieces presented.
Then, together, we’ll learn some tactics for writing our own stories and some tips for presenting them effectively. How do you choose which story to tell? How do you decide what to include and what to leave out? And what do you do when you get on stage and are terrified to speak? Together we’ll explore practical strategies so you, too, can tell your story and change the world.
Shannon TL Kearns and Ashley Hovell, Uprising Theatre Company
Uprising Theatre Company believes that stories can change the world. Something powerful happens when we get away from facts and figures and spreadsheets and simply tell each other our stories. It makes the “big issues” more tangible and it allows us to wrap our minds around how we can be a part of bringing about change.
Uprising tells powerful stories about important topics in a way that’s not preachy or strident, but is instead rooted in people’s lived experiences. From mental illness and suicide to transgender issues, we tell stories that come from people who have lived those experiences.
But we don’t want it to stop with just telling stories. We hope people are so inspired by stories that they want to make a concrete difference. So we partner with local organizations who are working on the issues presented in the show to funnel the energy and excitement generated by storytelling into action that will make the world a better place.
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