April Power!

They say March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s been the other way around for me. At the beginning of March I was tentative, unsure if I was stepping in the right places. But by the end of the month, I realize I’m right where I need to be.

I’ve been asked to speak a lot about the arts as a vehicle for personal and social transformation.  During these talks I’ve noticed that people need reminding that the arts are the most natural, accessible, and powerful tool we have for liberation – even I need to be reminded!

People are coming back to creativity to make sense of their lives and to create a world they want to live in.
So often our society tells us that arts are not serious, artists aren’t contributing members of society, and only those who are “famous” are doing valuable work.  The truth is a society without art and culture is hollow.  We need everyday creative efforts to make our world beautiful, interesting, fun, and challenging.  So get to it!

Below are my upcoming talks, workshops, and events.  I’ll be in Detroit in June – anyone interested in hosting a workshop and jumpstarting your art-making engine?  Until next time …

Friday, April 8, 2011
Women’s Fundraising Network Annual Conference

Investing in Women Artists for Social Change
2:00 – 3:30 PM

Visit the website for registration and more information.

Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 30
The Brecht Forum

Invisible Theater – A three-day workshop 
Invisible Theater is one of the techniques of the Theater of the Oppressed, in which “actors” create “theatrical” situations in public places, but where the public does not realize that a performance is unfolding before them.

June 3-5, 2011
I’ll be in and around the Detroit for a workshop and talk. If you want to participate, let me know.

August 12-13, 2011
NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theater

Towards and Ethic of Solidarity – Boal’s Revolutionary Methodology
Two Day Intensive Workshop

Visit their website for more information.