Brave Practice

A Community Narratives project by Window Seat Media

A community resource for storytelling, community dialogue, civic engagement, and social change.

Welcome to Brave Practice! We are collective of theatre artists in the South Sound who use Playback Theatre and other storytelling methods to foster connection and belonging in community.

Playback Theatre is an original form of interactive and improvisational theatre where people tell true stories from their lives and others enact them on the spot using music, dialogue, metaphor, and movement.
Brave Practice logo, a girl swinging on a swing growing wings

Brave Practice is a community engagement program of Window Seat, created in 2021.

Mission

Use theatre to practice bravery in community through deep listening and storytelling so that we are more prepared to be courageous in our everyday lives.

Vision

We envision brave spaces where diverse, multicultural, and intergenerational communities come together to explore what it means to be human, celebrate our differences, and reflect on our shared past, present, and future.

Values

  • Community in our home-place
  • Belonging, cultural responsiveness, diversity, equity, and inclusion in those communities
  • Collaboration and friendship
  • Empowerment through storytelling and deep listening
  • Education and innovation
  • Artistic quality and integrity

Goals

Create spaces where community members can connect authentically, in meaningful ways through art, empathy, and witnessing one another’s truth. These are radical and cathartic acts in an increasingly divided, detached, and distracted society, and we hope by practicing them, people find a little more capacity for compassion, connection, and bravery.

In Community

We serve adults, youth, families, and seniors within and connected to the South Sound region - Thurston County, stolen Land of the Coast Salish, Squaxin Island, Chehalis, Nisqually, and Puyallup People, Tribal Land of the Medicine Creek Treaty, 1854.

Community Agreements

We use community agreements as a way to invite groups into community space together:

Share true stories

From our own life experiences, welcoming multiple perspectives, understanding we each come from different cultural practices, backgrounds, and religions.

Listen deeply to others

For understanding, not fixing, owning our intentions and impacts.

Lean into community wisdom

The wisdom we need is often in the room, and we can open our hearts to it and one another.

Take brave risks

Step into vulnerability and discomfort as an intentional act that we practice in community so that we are more able to practice courage in other spaces too.

Brave Practice performs at Olympia Lamplighters, December 2021. Collective members (center photo L to R): Hiroko, Susana, Laurie, Meg

Community Collaborations

Teaching Artists

L to R: Meg, Hiroko, Laurie, & Susana

Brave Practice Playback Theatre Collective members: Meg Rosenberg (actor, conductor, musician, co-founder), Hiroko Ishii Cassidy (actor, conductor, musician, co-founder), Susana Bailén Acevedo (actor, musician), and Laurie Porter O'Brien (actor, musician, co-founder). As a collective, we bring over 30 years in Playback Theatre experience. Our team brings a background in education, professional theatre, psychology, diversity, equity, inclusion, cultural responsiveness, psychodrama, and a dedication to fostering community locally. Our co-founders are continuing members of the Heartsparkle Players Playback Theatre ensemble, with training from accredited Playback trainer, Debe Edden. Both Meg and Hiroko have completed Conducting training through the New York School of Playback Theatre and the Centre for Playback Theatre, respectively. Our ensemble trains together on an ongoing basis and engages in continuing professional development to deepen our community-building expertise. We are excited to meet you!