On teenagers

Day 17. I love teenagers. Truly. Their passion, angst, fearlessness, and vulnerability. I just hated being one. The urgency to define and maintain a clear concept of myself was just too great at times.

Today I had the opportunity to return to my high school and run a drama therapy workshop with 17 intelligent and poised young women working on a play about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. They were such a delight! So strong and prepared. And yet so much of what came up was their anxiety about the future.

So for today I’m thinking about how – in spite of what I wanted to believe in high school – there is no “right way,” “quick way” or “easy way.” The way will take on textures and turns that we cannot imagine yet. Anxiety won’t make the task any easier. It’s a lesson I’m still learning, but it’s one worth spending time on.

At the end of the workshop, after exploring some of the intense themes of the play, we sat around an imaginary campfire, eating s’mores and discussing self-care. It was cozy and sweet, and against all odds, 17 teenagers and I entered into a completely make-believe space of play. It wasn’t a silly place; it was a place of care and quiet and peace. I was so grateful to be invited in.

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Workshop | Sun. 10/28/18 | NADTA Conference Kansas City

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Playing with Workplace Trauma through Role
Sun, October 28, 11-12:30p
NADTA Conference 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop will explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using Landy’s Role Theory and Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create therapeutic theatre to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our bodies. (1.5 CE hours – RDT, NBCC, LCAT)

Session Description:
Professionals working in mental health care and addiction treatment systems may unknowingly perform (ie. adopt, reflect and mimic) the symptoms of their clients. This parallel process, combined with the vicarious trauma encountered within the system, can lead to staff compassion fatigue, burnout and unethical practices, all contributing to a breakdown in client care.

Part discussion-based and part experiential, this workshop aims to explore the complex internal and external performances we engage in as clinicians in our workplace systems. Using the lens of Landy’s Role Theory, along with addiction theorist Wegscheider-Cruse’s Family Roles, participants will create short pieces of therapeutic theatre as a way to explore how vicarious trauma and parallel process found at the systems level perform in our own bodies.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to look at their own patterns and positions of power in their current or past work environment in an effort to better understand the implicit and disembodied roles we often play. By performing their individual needs, wants and contributions in relationship to the system in which they work, participants can engage in a conversation about vicarious trauma in the workplace from a more intuitive, creative, and collaborative place. We will explore the power dynamics at play in the therapist/client role, as well as the shifting positions of power and privilege that drama therapists occupy in traumatized systems.

Performance | Tues. 9/25/18 | Playback Theatre: Improv for Healing

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Playback Theatre: Improv for Healing – Fall Public Performance
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Doors 8pm; Show 8:15pm
UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica

$15 donation at the door

Come share your story!
Playback Theatre is spontaneous theatre based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors/dancers and a musician.

Inspired by the experimental theatre movement, psychodrama, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theatre was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original PT Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.

Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.

Performance | Tues. 6/19/18 | Playback Theatre: Improv for Healing

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Playback Theatre: Improv for Healing – Public Performance
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Doors 8pm; Show 8:15pm
UnUrban Coffee House, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica
Complimentary wine. 
Coffee and snacks for purchase.

Come share your story!
Playback Theatre is spontaneous theatre based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors/dancers and a musician.

Inspired by the experimental theatre movement, psychodrama, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theatre was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original PT Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.

Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.

Ongoing Group | Tuesdays 7-9:30pm | Playback Theatre Support and Training

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Playback Theatre Training and Support Group
Tuesdays, 7-9:30pm
8-Week Series, Starting July 10th
Fee $240 for 8-week series*
3205 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 240
Santa Monica, CA

* Cost is $240 for 8-week series, however, summer can be a difficult with schedules and travels. I am happy to work out a prorated fee scale at $30/session if you already have commitments but still want to come to to at least 4 sessions. Email me at danielle.levanas@gmail.com to set up your own schedule.

Calling all actors, musicians, dancers, performer activists, poets, storytellers, clinicians, observers, lovers of dialogue and community, or those just curious. Immerse yourself in Playback Theatre, an interactive form of improvisational theatre!

Playback is founded on the radical belief that telling our stories to each other in a theatrical context is both redemptive and invigorating. Likewise, listening to the stories of our community is a crucial step in building a more just and nourishing world.

This 8-session training and support group will invite creative people of all levels to learn, practice, and go deep with the ritual of Playback Theatre. We will support each other, processing our personal stories in a “safe-enough,” therapeutic space while utilizing the Playback forms. No prior experience necessary. You do not have to be an actor to join. Teens through Octogenarians welcome!

Summer group schedule:
July 10th – Session 1
July 17th – Session 2
July 24th – Session 3
July 31st – Session 4
Aug 7th – Session 5
Aug 14th – Session 6
**NO SESSION ON AUG. 21st
Aug 28th – Session 7
Sept 4th – Session 8
**NO SESSION ON SEPT 11th
Sept 18th – Make up session
Sept 25th – Playback Public Performance!

 

What is Playback Theatre?
Playback Theatre is spontaneous theatre based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors/dancers and a musician.

Inspired by the experimental theatre movement, psychodrama, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theatre was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original PT Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.

Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.

 

Workshop |Tues. 6/26/18 | Playback Theatre Intro

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What is Playback Theatre? Intro Workshop
3205 Ocean Park Blvd #240, Santa Monica, CA 90405
7-9pm
$15 suggested donation
Space is limited! Please RSVP at danielle.levanas@gmail.com.

Come immerse yourself in Playback Theatre, an interactive form of improvisational theatre. This intro workshop invites participants to try out some Playback forms and explore this ritual that lives on the cusp of art and social change. All are welcome. No prior experience necessary.

What is Playback Theatre?
Playback Theatre is spontaneous theatre based on stories told by audience members. Life stories are shared, cast, and then enacted on the spot by a team of actors/dancers and a musician.

Inspired by the experimental theatre movement, psychodrama, and oral tradition of indigenous cultures, Playback Theatre was created in upstate New York in the 1970s by Jonathan Fox, Jo Salas, and the original PT Company. The method is now practiced across the world in sixty countries, and is used in a variety of settings including conferences, schools, colleges, prisons, hospitals, service agencies, and public theatres.

Through Playback Theatre we will invite dialogue, build community, and strive to create compelling theatre, while making space for laughter, reflection, connection, and healing.