A community resource for storytelling and deep listening. Welcome to Brave Practice!
We are collective of theatre artists in the South Sound who use Playback Theatre and other theatre-based techniques 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. We use music, dialogue, metaphor, and movement to bring community stories to life! Brave Practice is a community engagement program of Window Seat, created in 2021.
We use theatre to practice bravery in community to be more prepared for courageous action in our everyday lives.
We envision spaces where diverse communities come together to explore what it means to be human, celebrate our differences, and reflect on our shared past, present, and future.
- Community in our home-place
- Belonging, cultural responsiveness, diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Collaboration and friendship
- Empowerment through storytelling and deep listening
- Education and innovation
- Artistic quality and integrity
Create spaces - workshops and performances - 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.
We serve a beautiful, diverse, intergenerational, and multicultural community within and connected to the South Sound region - Thurston County, Native Land of the Squaxin Island, Coast Salish, Chehalis, Nisqually, and Puyallup People.
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.
- Want to collaborate with us? Invite us to work with your organization, event, or group for a workshop or performance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can bring Brave Practice to you!
- Community Collaborations Packet (PDF)
- Like Brave Practice on Social Media
Brave Practice Playback Theatre Collective members: Meg Rosenberg (actor, conductor, musician, co-founder, coordinator through Window Seat), Hiroko Ishii Cassidy (actor, conductor, musician, co-founder), Susana Bailén Acevedo (actor, musician), Laurie Porter O'Brien (actor, musician, co-founder), and Ashlen Hodge (actor, musician). As a collective, we bring over 35 years in Playback Theatre experience. Our team brings a background in education, 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!