I was invited by Anna Deveare Smith to take her “Personal Narratives and Global Identities” intensive in June 2014, introducing me to the idea that by exploring our own narratives, we are able to connect more deeply with the world. Performing Mommy Queerest across the country, I experience first-hand how my story connects with audiences. Inspired by a combination of both experiences, I designed a personal narrative storytelling workshop, which I have shared across the country with an array of diverse groups. What excites me most about this work is witnessing participants reclaim their power by sharing a story about a profound moment in their lives when their human spirit was activated. I lead workshop participants through a dynamic process of three core components:
Participants explore and revisit a moment in their lives that changed the way they looked at the world, eventually altering the way they move in the world. This connects them to a moment in their lives where they tapped into their own power and where their human spirit was activated.
Participants share and perform their stories for the class, creating opportunities to connect with one another by practicing empathy.
One story sparks another story to emerge. Participants are ignited by the power they see in their peers and themselves, amplifying community and love.