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Tell Me More...We believe in the power of theatrical storytelling and the voice of community. Throughout twenty-years of fostering the voices of young people and actors, we have experienced this power and the deep satisfaction, not only of speaking your story and having it heard, but of trying on other people's stories as well.  The work of Augusto Boal (Theater of the Oppressed) and Playmaking are two approaches specifically designed to give non-actors a powerful experience of being heard through theater.  We combine these approaches with the words of William Shakespeare to help you to tell your community's story theatrically.

Here’s what it will look like… a group of participants from your ‘micro-community’ attends four drama workshops throughout the autumn with the collaborators from Elm Shakespeare Company and Survivin’ 'N Da Hood (don’t worry… we can come to you or provide a space).  Then, these unique communities come together for a final day of theater-building which culminates in a one-of-a-kind performance as diverse as our city (performed by your group and supported by the professionals at Elm), followed by a community dinner and mediated conversation with Survivin' 'N Da Hood, to explore what issues were raised, perceptions challenged, and what might we as a larger unified New Haven community want to do with these new perspectives. 

What’s a micro-community?   Isn’t NEW HAVEN our Community? We all share this city and a desire for it to thrive… but that might look very different depending on who you are.   New Haven is a community of communities… made up of a wide diversity of smaller groups – each with their own perspectives, history, concerns and vision for the future.  These “micro-communities” have unique voices; and depending on where you live or what you do, you may define your community and its needs very differently from others who call New Haven home.

For this project, a “micro-community” is a group of 3-30 people who share a unified voice through shared geography, culture, or activity.  Do you all live in the same neighborhood and get together on a regular basis? GREAT!  Do you all work at the same institution or have the same profession? GREAT!  Do you share a unique cultural experience that the larger community needs to hear about?  GREAT!  What’s important is that you already have a relationship with each other and a common experience that you want to share theatrically.

What STORY from your experience if told would change peoples perception of New Haven as a whole? 

The ANSWERS will create a story as diverse as our city.

Coming in September...
HEAR MY SOUL SPEAK
is a new community-wide program
that will bring different parts of New Haven together, through theatrical storytelling, to build relationships and promote social justice in our city.

Join us Sunday June 10th
and get a taste of what it will be like! 

When
Sunday June 10th from 3pm-6pm

Where
Southern CT State University
Engleman Hall - Rm C114
501 Crescent Street, New Haven, CT 06515
Parking in Lot 12 - follow signs

Here is more information in our Press Release

 

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Want to get involved?  Have Questions?
Contact us today! 

Email: soulspeaks@elmshakespeare.org
Phone: (203) 392-8882