From Story To Stage:
Dramatizing Life to Foster Dialogue
Whether you consider yourself more of an actor, director, dancer, designer, or other– all of us are storytellers in the theater. Effective storytelling and critical listening are essential tools for dramatists and citizens of our complex society. In this workshop, you will share and listen to real stories and shape them into short scenes to start conversations. Come prepared to share a brief story about a time when you faced a challenge and to listen actively and constructively as others share. Working in small groups, you will use a collaborative process derived from community performance methods to bring the story to life as a thought-provoking scene for a target audience.
Elizabeth (E-Beth) Bojsza (she/her) is passionate about community engagement, empowering voices, and asking good questions. E-Beth has worked as a dramaturg and director of community performance projects, empowering communities to tell their stories and foster dialogue. She taught Stony Brook University's Prevention Through the Arts class for many years. She also worked professionally as a literary manager, running the Young Playwrights Inc. national playwriting competition from 2008-2013. E-Beth is currently a curriculum designer and faculty member for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University and a member of the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission.
Emily Pulver grew up surrounded by artists and healthcare workers who fostered her passion for helping others. Her mentors and role models in both the arts and sciences have encouraged her to pursue this passion, no matter what path she takes. During her undergraduate experience, she found her love of storytelling as a healing device, and the rest is history (that is yet to be written). Emily is currently working as an evaluator for community theatre programs while completing her Master's in Public Health and Advanced Certificate for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.