Brave Practice Playback Theatre Collective
"Acting + Listening" workshop series, ASHHO + Brave Practice
ASHHO and Window Seat Media are co-producing an interactive theatre workshop series for youth 14-24 in January - May 2023 where young people rehearse and perform with Brave Practice Playback Theatre Collective.
Acting + Listening
Our community engagement program, Brave Practice, will be working with young people in the community to learn techniques in improvisational theatre and personal storytelling. The goal of the series is to create an ongoing brave space to practice empathy, express ourselves, and collaborate with others.
REGISTER (young people ages 14 to 24)
This workshop series is for young people in the community interested in theatre and storytelling as a ways to express themselves and learn about others. Participants will become familiar with techniques in Playback Theatre, an original form of interactive and improvisational theatre we share true moments from their lives and play them back on the spot using music, conversation, images, and movement. By acting and listening, participants practice empathy, collaborate with others, and explore their own gifts and potential. We'll use applied theatre-based techniques as tools in self discovery and exploring issues of concern to our communities. No previous theatre experience necessary!
Be ready to share true stories, listen deeply to others, lean into community wisdom, and take brave risks.
3rd Sunday of the month, January - May 2023
ASHHO Cultural Community Center
5757 Littlerock Rd SW
Tumwater WA 98512
REGISTER (ages 14 to 24)
*FREE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. Community donations accepted.
Delicious food provided by ASHHO.
Getting to know the group through story
Sunday, January 22, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Creating a storytelling performance
Sunday, February 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
*Last date accepting new participants
Trusting the group and improvising on stage
Sunday, March 19, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Honing our skills
Sunday, April 16, 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Storytelling performance with Brave Practice
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, Performance begins @ 1 pm
This event series co-produced in community partnership
Bravery is a skill we can practice together through deep listening, sharing true stories from our lives, and making art with empathy
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.
- 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
Create spaces where community members can connect authentically, and 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. We hope that by practicing them, people find more capacity for compassion, connection, and bravery.
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 three 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 a weekly basis and engages in continuing professional development to deepen our community-building expertise. We are excited to meet you!
- Advocate for survivors, communities of color, under-served, marginalized people.
- Serve our communities with kindness, compassion and professional services
- Honor Humanity in all that we do because all people matter
- Organize community resources, education, gatherings, trainings & events.