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2021 Workshops

Join Theatre Exile’s Education Director Mx. TS Hawkins for their first workshops of the 2021/22 Season, titled “Restorative Healing”! These workshops are part of a series that will take place throughout Theatre Exile’s 25th Anniversary Season. The theme of this year’s workshops is “Pivot, Plan, Proceed: Activating the Arts for Creatives,” which will focus on providing opportunities for theatre professionals to sharpen their soft skills and enhance their understanding of communal accountability in the arts. The goal is to manifest holistic magic for theatergoers and theatremakers! Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion following the conclusion of each workshop. All attendees will receive inspirational and captivating experiences from innovative instructors who are knowledgable in the following: Theatre Arts Pedagogy (playwriting, stage management, director, and performance), EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) for Artists & Administrators, Trauma & Restorative Healing, Biopsychosocial Learning, Social Justice Workplace Development, and LGBTQIA+ Studies for supporting students and staff exploring the intersectionality of identity!

Workshop #1: “Restorative Healing” (for actors/performers/writers) w/ TS Hawkins

Date/Time: Saturday, December 4th 2021, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (link to be sent 24hrs before the scheduled workshop)
Workshop Fee: $35.00

Description: Theatre Exile’s Education Director Mx. TS Hawkins will host their first workshop of the 2021/22 Season, titled “Restorative Healing”! This workshop is designed for actors, performers, writers, and librettists to conduct a concrete dive into the voices, worlds, universes they have manifested and to make space to honor the intersections of the characters on and off the page.

Workshop #2: “Restorative Healing” (for Directors/Stage Managers/Choreographers) w/ Noelle Diane Johnson

Date/Time: Saturday, December 11th 2021, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (link to be sent 24hrs before the scheduled workshop)
Workshop Fee: $35.00

Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary performer, artist, theatre professional, and advocate Noelle Diane Johnson will host Theatre Exile’s second workshop, titled “Restorative Healing”!

This workshop highlights and offers accessible and practical tools to incorporate healing as an effective device for restorative and transformative justice practice in theatre and collaborative art-making spaces. The program is designed to support Directors, Stage Managers, Choreographers, and Dramaturgs to embrace leadership within their roles, use restorative healing to build and grow community, and navigate a healing process that allows creativity as an artist and theatre-maker thrive.

About the Instructors:

Workshop #1 Instructor: TS Hawkins
(they/them) is an international author, performance poet, art activist, playwright, and member of the Dramatists Guild. Though best known for their poetry masterclass, Thrivin’ Ain’t Easy; a series of courses that infuses health, wellness, and activism through poetry, they have published books and short works while traveling the world delivering powerful performances praised by BroadwayWorld, Philly Voice, NPR, WHYY, WURD Radio, Chicago Tribune, and dosageMagazine. Hawkins currently serves as the Education Director at Philadelphia-based theatre company Theatre Exile. Read testimonials on TS Hawkins’s workshops here: http://www.tspoetics.com/p/masterclasses-workshops.html

Workshop #2 Instructor:
Noelle Diane Johnson (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary performer, artist, theatre professional, and advocate. She is the founder and owner of ARTISTS HEAL™. ARTISTS HEAL ™ supports Noelle’s mission to create and facilitate accessible healing spaces for collaborative art-makers and art consumers. Noelle believes that freedom from the bondage of trauma and dismantling systems of White Supremacy for the benefit of the collective is possible. This mission is the culmination of over a decade of living in, growing to love, and working in Philadelphia as an artist and artist advocate, as well as a continued journey to healing her own trauma through artistic and spiritual practice. Noelle has been a long-time advocate for equitable and self-liberating spaces for herself and other marginalized folx and hopes to share the healing power of intentional change in her work through ARTISTS HEAL™.