Trauma Informed Theater/Performing Arts Course
This class uses the powerful fundamentals of theatrical performance, creative writing and personal storytelling as tools for individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma.
Have you experienced emotional and psychological trauma yet wanted to let the world know that it did not break nor define you? Learn how to use the power of theater to declare that you not a victim but a survivor.
Whether you have been abused as child, a veteran who returned with PTSD, suffered a violent crime, a woman assaulted by misogyny, someone dealing with the disease of addiction, a LGBT person dealing with the marginalization of homophobia or a person of color attempting to live in a world of institutionalized racism see how storytelling, spoken word poetry, singing and expressive body movement (dance) can help relieve and heal pain and anger of trauma.The sharing of stories of resiliency through theatrical performance does not only benefits the teller but also makes our entire world a better place.
Trauma Informed Theater/Performing Arts Course: This class uses the powerful fundamentals of theatrical performance, creative writing and personal storytelling as tools for individuals who have experienced various forms of “Trauma” (physical and sexual assault, racism, violent crime, adult survivor of child abuse, substance abuse addiction, homophobia, catastrophic illness or injury, incarnation, military service, misogyny, and poverty) to heal from these emotionally debilitating experiences to lives of healthy empowerment.
Koli Tengella is an adult survivor of physical and sexual child abuse and a professional comedian, actor, writer, filmmaker and instructor of a Positive Social Change (Social Justice) Theater. Tengella uses these art forms to shatter and debunk stereotypes in the perceptions of African Americans (particularly men and boys), African American women and girls, those returning from incarceration, the gay/lesbian and transgender, and individuals dealing with the disease of addiction. This program he believes will help all of us as human beings develop a genuine understanding and acceptance of one another that will lead towards a stronger and more mutually respectful world.