A four-day intensive learning experience providing educators, social service providers, coaches, theatre artists, and others the tools they need to share the transformative power of the dramatic arts with their communities.
Life Stories Institute attendees will:
The Life Stories program is a proven curricular model that teaches people from typically marginalized populations - including incarcerated youth, seniors in assisted living facilities, and homeless women in substance recovery - how to create original dramatic works for the stage and screen using their real-life experiences as inspiration.
To ensure individual attention, attendance is limited. Attendees may also be eligible for continuing education credits. Application requirements include a work resume, a theatrical/arts resume (if you have one), statement of purpose, two letters of recommendation, and a $20 application fee (waived through the end of the early admission period - July 15).
Application and admission dates and tuition rates are:
Early Admission Period (through July 1, 2016):
After July 1, 2016:
Please contact Deb Gottesman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 824-0449 for more details. Limited, need-based financial aid may be available.
The Life Stories program has been nationally recognized and is the subject of two award-winning documentary films, How I Got Over, a full-length feature by director Nicole Boxer [now on Netflix], and The Life Stories Project, a short film by Michael O. Snyder.
The Life Stories program was also the subject of Theatre Lab Director Deb Gottesman's November 2013 talk at TEDxCharlottesville.
The Life Stories Institute is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and by a gift made in the memory of Deborah Karen Willkens Pierce.