Sample Productions / Workshops / Events
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Children and/or adults of the community perform dramatized reading
of traditional and non-traditional tales, diverse works of
non-fiction and fiction. Participants paraphrase language of
books into the vernacular and back into Standard English for
comprehension. Program includes field trips to local libraries
and cultural bookstores, picking out and purchasing books for the
host organization’s library.
Work with GED candidates ages 18-75
on bringing written material to life through expressive reading
complements these students’ standard curricula. Workshops
include bringing musical and theatrical elements to parent-child
group math and English games, children ages 6 through 9.
Participants sometimes design and create their own stage set and
lighting. Books and educational videos are awarded as prizes
Mommy Dreams, Too
Teaching self-determination through creative writing skills to
pregnant teens, we facilitate discussions on self-development,
conflict resolution and effective parenting; they then use the
discussion and their resolutions to form the content of their poems
HISTORY for VALUES EDUCATION and CLARIFICATION
Workshop for Educators 1: Integrity and Leadership - Healing
the Wounded Spirit
Lead teachers and assistant teachers in evaluation of historical
power plays and their use in contemporary business and politics. Discussion and theatre games help participants examine the
usefulness or dangers of these attitudes in dealing with students
who have difficulties overcoming learning blocks, personal trauma,
prejudices and cultural or class conflicts.
ADDICTION RECOVERY / RELAPSE PREVENTION
Lead daily, weekly, or monthly morning discussion group of
recovering addicts in soul-searching for triggers and underlying
causes for relapse. Group discussions solidify supportive
relationships in group and ease tensions between rivals. Use
music and theatrical improvisation games to relax and involve
COMMUNITY BUILDING / VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Interactive spoken word, music, and theatre games designed to
motivate and stimulate participants. Participants are guided
in simulated exercises and games to give as one needs to receive,
let go of resentments toward individuals and institutions, visualize
and brainstorm ideas for better relationships between individuals,
institutions and communities, institutions and other institutions.
Texts from various sources are used to ignite discussions leading to
role play and personal experience sharing.
Peace Tree Initiative
Together with the No Place for Hate (NPFH) campaign presently in
place in Georgia's Dekalb
County School System, Voices in the Treetops acts as community arts
consultants to the Clarkston High and Freedom Middle School NPFH
clubs, bringing programming design and workshops that recruit and
sensitize youth to the issues and needs of the expanding refugee
A "Peace Tree" which
has collected the desires of students from over 26 language groups
is planted at the entrance of Clarkston High School.
Dinners are prepared for neighborhood residents and
served up with performances, peace-making activities and honoring
ceremonies. Honored are the “heroes and sheroes” of the community
who avert violence and unrest with positive values, activities and
Restoring the Icon
Jeremiah Drake’s relief paintings of slashed icons are promoted and
sold. The proceeds go to pay plastic surgeons to repair the faces of
women slashed by domestic abusers, gang initiates earning points for
gang membership, or other attackers.
Cross-stitch: County Lines
Produce original, company-written plays by members of the community.
Children and adults of all ages learn choreography, write their own
pieces and perform them. Participants use traditions from
their ancestral and contemporary cultures and sub-cultures to create
music, stories, dance and poetry. The local nature of this
process usually brings capacity crowds to presentations of the
production. Cast members learn to work with other races, other
generations, other economic backgrounds to tell individual and
family histories of the community.
Up the Miff Tree
Lead discussion groups of 9-12 year olds on effects of grudge
holding and bullying. Discussions are held on impact of lyrics
in popular music in order to engage and involve reticent or
recalcitrant participants. Children form support partnerships
to experiment with alternatives to anger-based behavior during
school day. Inclusion of adult assistant teachers in circle
brings about noticeable
changes in their behavior toward children as workshops progress.
A general easing of tensions between rivals develops quickly.
Reluctant students open up and share aspirations with group.
Community Elders Song Sharing
Lead songs of faith in neighborhood senior residences to stimulate
conversation and activity with tenants suffering from Alzheimer’s
and/or stroke-related disabilities. Songs revive their
memories, give them a sense of grounding and stability. Noted
increased conversation at mealtimes after song leading.
Sharing meals with them facilitates conversation about common
interests such as food, grandchildren childhood games and memories
from their young adulthood. Noted increase in conversational
relevance and coherence with even the more withdrawn residents.
Poetry Circles, Open Mic Events (For community organizer
trainings, conferences, retreats )
These events encourage creativity, improvisation, and communal
support for those who are developing their writing, speaking, or
other performing skills. They provide a bonding experience for
those who are often at odds during the daily conference workshops
and discussion/planning groups. They foster inter-cultural dialogue
and acceptance of diversity.
GIVING TREE – Workshops with Paula Larke and Kim Nimoy
Drumming for the Spirit
This is a simple rhythm exchange and blending workshop in which
participants take turns sharing rhythms from their home culture or
of their own invention.
The Society of
This 5-day holistic workshop for adults includes singing,
drumming, meditation, drawing, writing, art-making, quilting, basket
making or chair bottoming, cooking, nutrition discussions, history,
anthropology, language arts, story circles, dance, and theatre
exercises. This is done with a team composed of wordsmiths, visual
artist, dancer, culinary artist and Paula Larke as curator and
Positively Hip Hop for
Children of Promise
This is a critical thinking musical journey for children, teens
and/or young adults. It involves questioning the values in
society which compromise the principles found in the Declaration of
Human Rights, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution of the United
States. The participants write their ideas which are then
turned into raps and spoken word performances by the group with
Paula Larke’s instrumentation.
This singing and songwriting workshop is for recovering victims
of domestic violence, substance abuse, and depression in general.
The workshop is designed to involve the participant in actual,
physical movement that releases pain and replaces it with energy and
Who Are Your S/Heroes?
This is a storytelling, digital video and writing workshop
incorporating the elements of oral history gathering and reporting.
It is intergenerational; young and elder participants gather stories
of achievement and human service by people in their own lives from
each other, retelling the stories live (as spoken word performance,)
in writing, or on camera.
Perspectives and Perceptions
Staff team-building workshop for teaching and/or tutoring programs,
especially after-school venues. Using various texts, Paula
Larke explores participant's hidden and/or under-accessed talents
and interests to stimulate their early childhood memories.
Participants exchange stories and examine their remembered
experiences for ideas on working with their students.
*The workshop, The Society of Survival, is the only offering
here that involves other artists both in the planning and execution.
All workshops are designed for groups of 20-40 participants and last
from 2 to 5 hours, depending on the size and goals of the group
(performance or archiving)