Welcome Deeper Learners!

We are excited to welcome you to Westwood, MA at the end of September. The Deeper Learning Boston conference has a rich history. Although this is our inaugural year of the conference, the Deeper Learning movement began in the Northeast region and spread domestically and globally from there. Please enjoy this short background on the conference itself, where we honor "On Whose Shoulders We Stand: A Brief History"

This digital program is for all things DL Boston! Be sure to select one Deep Dive for Day 1 and two Den Talks for Day 2. You will only be able to sign up for one Deep Dive! These sessions have capacity limits and will fill up. To see an overview of the event and session types, check out the event flow.

We can’t wait to see you!
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Friday, September 30 • 10:00am - 3:30pm
The Art of Playback Theatre: Sharing Stories & Storytelling in Action

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Come have fun (And make connections) in a meaningful way! Stories are how we understand our world, who we are, where we have come from, and what we may have come through. These Moments of our lives can be touchstones, full of power and significance. They are the glue that holds families, communities, and cultures together. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the art and form of Playback Theatre, a unique theatre improv form in which the personal stories of audience members are spontaneously 'played back' by a group of trained actors using sound, movement, and spoken word.  No previous theatre experience is necessary.

Through the power of play and improvisation, participants will be able to develop confidence, joy and a deeper sense of empathic connectedness to each other and the Natural world around them. We will learn a brief history of Playback and explore the art and form of Playback through community building, theatre games, and learning 2-3 basic forms of Playback Theatre. We will use Playback to explore topics important to the group, with a focus on our personal stories and experiences. We don’t assume that all are comfortable or feel safe in the outside world, and this too will be explored as well. There will be ample time to consider the ways in which you will be able to take this back to your place of work. The stories and themes are part of the ways in which community, insight and empathy are developed."

Playback Theatre is practiced throughout the world with applications including creating meaningful rituals, empowering diverse voices, supporting conflict resolution, encouraging dialogue, and building empathy and connection to the world around us. Playback, a form of citizen theatre, is practiced in schools, universities, hospices, prisons and in open performances that can respond to, and create discussion about, real world situations. Many Playbackers are not actors in the traditional sense but come from all walks of life. No previous experience is necessary to come and have some fun and engage with the play of Playback Theatre!

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Jennie Kristel

Co-Director, JourneyWorks LLC
Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT received her degree in expressive therapies and is an adjunct instructor at Lesley University.  She is an accredited Playback Theatre trainer who offers international workshops and training in Playback Theatre, expressive arts therapy, and "The Listening... Read More →

Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT