Writing Workshop Writing our way to freedom with Stacie CC Graham
(in german and english)
The writing workshop is led by Stacie CC Graham, Spoken Word Artist. With the help of writing prompts by established authors workshop participants will enter into the art of activist writing. No matter if poetry or prose, using humor or narration we want to find our words and explore to what extent those words represent, satirize or perhaps even heal the essence of our (life) experiences.
Stacie CC Graham utilizes the power of art in activism and healing. She is a member of the curator team for Precarious Art. Further, she founded OYA: Body-Mind-Spirit Retreats which delivers holistic wellness experiences around the UK specifically crafted for Black women and women of color. As a spoken word artist she has performed on stages across Germany, London, and the US.
Theatre Workshop Brown Betties: Mind, Body & Spirit with E. Okobi
Search the term “Brown Betty” on the site UrbanDictionary.com: the wildly divergent definitions called forth perfectly encapsulate for me the ways in which many of us, and many amongst us have been socialized to view, consume and appraise femininity, non-Whiteness, sexuality and non-White, feminine sexuality in particular. I hope this workshop will be a space where women of color can creatively clapback at a shared global narrative that is determined to objectify and dismiss our human and spiritual potential.
In this workshop, we will use multimedia, movement, rudimentary theatrical production techniques, text and our own personal narratives to create a performance piece that best portrays what we feel is our own embodied experiences as female-identified people of color. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the ways in which one can use performance to build healing communities through storytelling.
Please feel free to bring personal items from home such as personal texts, photographs, fabrics, instruments and objects that will inform our devising and can be used as props and costumes for the final showing that results from our collaboration.
The workshop is led by the writer, educator and multi-media artist E. Okobi.
The workshops should primarily be for female-identified people of colour. Anyone not fitting this description who signs up for the workshop does so with the knowledge that these voices and stories will be centered in the process. The role they will play in that space is primarily one of silent support and encouragement.
E. Okobi is a writer, educator and multi-media artist who has recently relocated from New York City to London to study Psychology at the University of the Arts, London. The storytelling and performance work in which she engages and facilitates is meant to celebrate marginalized narratives. She is a non-fiction and dramatic writer whose performance training includes Moment Work with the Tectonic Theatre Project, Theater of the Oppressed with New York City’s Forum Project, and Improvisation and Scene Study at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Studio. She has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from the New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, and an MA in Educational Theatre from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. NYC venues where she’s performed include: Dixon Place, The Provincetown Playhouse, The Museum of Modern Art, The Museum of Art and Design, The Brooklyn Museum, Playwrights Horizons and New York Theatre Workshop. As an educator, she has planned and facilitated classes and workshops for the New York City Public Library, New York Theatre Workshop and the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
The workshops takking place in the frame of “Precarious Art: Artificial Boundaries”.