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Walk in my Shoes – Police and Community Project

Police and Community Members Share Their Stories and Vision for the Future.

The tremendous wounds of our society are in full reveal.
What are the Stories that need to be heard?

In this time of fear, turmoil and anger, Theater of Witness brings people together across divides of difference to bear witness to the beauty of meaningful engagement, cultivate empathy and truly listen to the stories of people we’ve never heard before. This is the time for a new story. One that taps into the spirit of love and connection between us all.

‘Walk in my Shoes’ is a new Theater of Witness Project with police and community members exploring societal wounds and sharing their stories and visions of the future. The production will shed light on the pain and fear felt by so many of us in this time of turmoil, by creating a touring production and film which brings police and community members together from a multiplicity of perspectives. The performers will speak about the effects that the news about police abuse, injustice; racism; poverty, privilege, inequality and police assassinations have had on their own lives and the lives of their families and loved ones. Police will also explore how injustice, trauma, racism and poverty affects the policing of the communities they serve, as well as their own personal sense of safety.

Walk in my Shoes will premiere November 10th and 11th at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. It will then tour throughout the greater Philadelphia area to faith –based institutions, prisons, schools, and theaters as an offering for peace and hope. A documentary film of the project will be created so that the piece can live beyond the live performances and be used in workshops and discussion groups.

Project Partners:

Philadelphia Police Inspector, Altovise Love-Craighead

Theater of Witness Artistic Director, Teya Sepinuck

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A New Dementia Film Portrait

A New Dementia Film Portrait

We are creating a new dementia film portrait highlighting the spirit and creativity of a dynamic and compelling couple who are living with dementia. We are collaborating with filmmaker Michael Attie to create a cinematic portrait of Carl and Susan who are living with the diagnosis of dementia. Rather than focusing on the narrative of loss, the film will be an evocative series of images that highlights how art and creativity can reveal the spirit and deep personhood of people living with dementia. This is a love story.

The film we become available this year. To be notified when, please email us at: teya@theaterofwitness.org.

Becoming the Vessel

Becoming the Vessel
Theater of Witness Training

New Dates!:
Wednesday June 28th, Thursday June 29th,
Friday June 30, Saturday July 1,
Sunday July 2.

CultureTrust of Greater Philadelphia
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia PA 19107
Cost is $500
(Some assistance available)

Elements include:

  • Intensive Immersion into Theatre of Witness Methods
  • Practicing of the 12 Guiding Principles
  • Deep Partnerships
  • Autobiographical and Biographical Projects
  • Scripting, Directing Techniques
  • Practicing Compassion, Not Knowing and Creativity
  • Study of Theatre of Witness Social Justice Projects
  • Becoming the Vessel
  • Creating Safe Community and Collective Story

To register: teya@theaterofwitness.org

This intensive introductory course focuses on strengthening and expanding the practitioners’ ability to bear witness, ‘find the medicine’ and work creatively with stories of suffering and transformation. Students practice deep listening, and how to become vessels of steadiness, compassion and wisdom, for themselves as well as for others. In order to create a safe environment in which to do this work, most of our practice work will involve creating theatre from students’ own life stories both individually and in partnership with one other class member.

 

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Theater of Witness
“Highlights and Heroes”
Presentation

Teya Sepinuck, Founder and Artistic Director of Theater of Witness presents an inspiring multi-media program of film excerpts and life stories from her work creating original testimonial theater with those whose stories haven’t been heard in society.

Drawing on her work with ex-combatants, victims and survivors of war, prisoners and their families, refugees & asylum seekers, and those affected by inner city violence, poverty and homelessness. Teya will speak about the power of bearing witness, bringing participants together across divides of difference, and using personal and collective story to inspire healing and peace building both for the performers as well as audiences.

The one- hour program, is followed by discussion and questions.

UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS: All our Welcome!

*Wednesday May 10th 7:30pm   Parrish Hall, Church of St. Martin- in- the -Fields,  8000 St. Martin’s Lane Chestnut Hill PA

*Sunday June 4th  7:00pm,  Summit Presbyterian Church (Greene Street Entrance)  6757 Greene Street, Philadelphia

We are currently interested in offering our Theater of Witness Highlights and Heroes Presentation to congregations, community groups, and at intimate invitational home gatherings. To book a presentation, contact Teya at teya@theaterofwitness.org

Theater of Witness of CultureTrust Greater Philadelphia

www.theaterofwitness.org