Personal Narratives: Global Identities – June 2014

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming workshop, June 9-17th, 2014, in San Francisco, CA. Apply now!


Each of us has a presumed identity. It’s something we started to build as children. We piled one pearl of wisdom (or not) on top of another pearl of wisdom (or not), creating a string of beads that is our “self.” What would happen if one or two beads in the string were rearranged, or taken out, or replaced by another kind of stone altogether? In the process of rearranging our beads, might we be more prepared to be “global citizens?” That is the subject of this workshop.

This is a workshop for actors and those who have never acted in public before. Anna Deavere Smith will be using techniques she has honed over four decades to expand your idea of what your personal narrative is and to give you tools to make that narrative broader and more open to the world. She will be joined by extraordinary teachers who hail from Juilliard, New York University, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, ACT, and others. This workshop will be useful for those in business, for those who want better interpersonal skills, or for those who want to cross new frontiers in their concept of self.

It’s a vacation for your imagination, a shower for your soul. Come join us.

For more information, contact us by email or call 415-758-0081.


What participants had to say about last year’s workshop:

The workshop was one of the best weeks of my life.”

 “Everything I did has been grist for the mill. I’ll never write the same.”

 “This was a thrilling and life-changing experience for me. [The] open-hearted generosity of the entire team, led by Anna, was a model of beautiful human behavior. Thank you all a million times.”

“The lessons learned will flow out into the world to change it for the better- and I plan to do my part!”


About our partners:

YBCA-juicy_circle_Green_logo-2YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS Founded in 1993 out of an expressed need for an accessible San Francisco arts center devoted to contemporary art of all genres, YBCA is an integrated site for creative endeavor; a unique fusion of art, innovation and ideas in a social environment. It serves as a curated platform for the dynamic convergence of artists, inventors, thinkers, producers and the community, working together to sustain multiple levels of participation, propel short- and long-term social change, and ensure contemporary arts and living artists are vital to our society. YBCA is driven by its vision to revolutionize how the world engages with contemporary art and ideas.

ghibertilogo2-colorTHE GHIBERTI FOUNDATION Cultural events at Grace Cathedral are presented by The Ghiberti Foundation, supporting arts and education. The Foundation aims to inspire and enrich diverse communities through the arts, education, and public conversation.