Personal Narratives, Global Identities – 2014

June 2014 | San Francisco

This workshop is for actors and those who have never acted in public before.  By the end of seven days with us, you’ll be on stage performing, at a major San Francisco Bay Area venue.  If you are a performer, you’ll be presenting the seed of a brand new work. Or, perhaps you’ll be performing in public for the first time.  We welcome anyone twenty-one years or older. It’s never too late to get out there and be heard.

Anna Deavere Smith will use techniques that she has honed over the past 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, and ACT, to name a few. She’s bringing together people who have taught her over the years, and those whom she has taught, to create an intense beehive of creativity and support.

Everybody has a story. You have a story. We want to know what that story is; we want you to share it with others. We want to provide an opportunity for you to explore ways of putting your personal narrative to work in the world.  We believe that when we each take a really good look at our own narratives we find new ways of connecting more effectively in the world.


As a team, we bring years of experience to bear, while creating a warm, supportive and inviting community where students can take risks and contact the real vigor of their creative potential. The workshop will be useful for those in business, and for those in the healing or educational professions. It’s for anyone who wants to cross new frontiers in thinking about who they are and how they interact with others, personally, socially and professionally. Not only that, we’ll have a lot of fun.

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

“A diamond is a lump coal that stuck with it.” – Diana Nyad

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.