In her lectures and workshops Jessica demonstrates how the tools of H.E.A.T. (Healing, Education, Activism and Theatre) can work together to create good theatre with good purpose.  Techniques covered include voice, movement, acting, creative devising, somatic awareness and improvisation, Drama Therapy, Playback, and Psychodrama, Sociodrama, and Theatre Of The Oppressed work) can work together to create good theatre with good purpose.  


Participants will: engage in and learn the method of working with H.E.A.T. (healing, education exact content of the workshop shifts according to the participant populations and its needs, but includes yet is not limited to the following: A balance between active creative work and vibrant discussion, the workshop moves between theory and practice. In this intensive action-packed workshop, participants are introduced to Conflict Transformation techniques, Voice and Improvisation, Drama Therapy (Playback, Psychodrama and Sociometry), Community and Ensemble Building, Composition and Viewpoints, Theatre Of The Oppressed. Participants will acquire tools and skills for creative and ethical conflict transformation and will discover resources and join a global network of thoughtful practitioners.  Participants will also learn how to make a puppet and bring him or her to life. First, we build the “brain” of the puppet, and then the faces/heads and bodies are formed with imagination and expression. Using found objects, newspaper, and masking tape, the puppets can be made anywhere, with any population, quickly, and with artistry, depth, and fun.  The workshop will culminate in a Performance/Presentation. 

activism and theatre) utilizes skills from four modalities: Drama Therapy (including Playback, Psychodrama and Sociometry), Theatre of The Oppressed techniques,  ConflictTransformation tools such as Moral Imagination and Paradoxical Curiosity, theatre techniques such as the Litwak Voice Progression, Three Paradigm Acting and Creative Voicing (a unique form of playwriting) Puppet Building, Viewpoints and Improvisation, and how to use guided role-play in conflict management and resolution. Students will use music for imaging, and will also use accessible, improvised music to create new ways to communicate and to understand how to engage in group conversations. Through these music and theatre based leadership techniques students will gain a deeper insight into competing narratives, discover empowerment and community building and will learn to use at least one tool for positive affect in their specific work environment.


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