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D. Colin ~ What’s Your Story? (School Workshop)

D. ColinWho are you? What’s your story? Why is it important? This poetry workshop is about exploring identity, sharing experiences and creating a space to discuss the ways in which we are connected to each other through our stories. Poetry can be a powerful tool for building community and inspiring social change if we can see who we are as individuals connected to each other as a whole. Participants will have the opportunity to write their own poems, learn about spoken word poetry and also help create a group poem that represents the needs of their community.

Monday Nov 14 from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
at Brattleboro Union High School through Brattleboro diversity program
& Friday Nov 16 from 10:15 – 12:45 at The Putney School
$6 student/$8 adults

Carlton Turner ~ Facilitating Story Circles


Story circles bring people together in an equitable, collective experience to share their stories. In facilitating reflective meetings among professional practitioners story circle participants have found it to be a profound way of generating insight from personal and professional experience while creating a democratic atmosphere and a safe space for expression. Leaders of social change efforts have used story circle to stimulate memory, share experiences, and/or to build community solidarity through remembering events, people, or repertoires. They refer to this as ‘creating a tapestry of community.” Come, take part, and learn how to facilitate!

This experiential workshop will share techniques of the Story Circle, as learned from John O’Neal of Junebug Productions. Participants will learn the principles and techniques of facilitating and holding space for sharing stories as a forum for community/civic engagement and social change.
Carlton Turner is the Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS, a regional non­profit arts organization based in the south supporting artists working at the intersection of arts and social justice.
Carlton Turner is co­founder and co­artistic director, along with his brother Maurice Turner, of the group M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction). M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a Mississippi­based performing arts group that blends of jazz, hip­hop, spoken word poetry and soul music together with non­traditional storytelling.
Carlton is currently on the board of Appalshop, First People’s Fund, Imagining America, and an advisory member to the National Theater Project at New England Foundation for the Arts. Carlton is a member of the We Shall Overcome Fund Advisory Committee at the Highlander Research and Education Center, a steering committee member of the Arts x Culture x Social Justice Network, and former Network of Ensemble Theaters steering committee member.
In 2011 Carlton was awarded the M. Edgar Rosenblum award for outstanding contribution to Ensemble Theater by Irondale Ensemble Project in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013 Carlton was named to the Kennedy Center Honors Artist Advisory Board alongside Debbie Allen, Maria De Leon, and Ping Chong. M.U.G.A.B.E.E. is a recipient of the 2015 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipient.
Carlton lives in Utica, MS with his wife Brandi and three children Jonathan, Xiauna Lin, and Tristan.

Monday Nov 14, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Public workshop
Landmark College in the Student Center’s Cafe Court Atrium.
Sliding scale $10 plus materials if needed

Brad Houk ~ Counter-mapping

brad-houkCounter-maps are art-maps or protest-maps made by people who are not in the service of the state and who typically have no training whatsoever in map-making. Counter-maps are changing the landscape of cartography. Counter-cartography (counter-mapping) is a form of place-based experiential learning that connects individuals to their local communities by mapping the common and frequently-considered-never-worth-mapping things in a community. These might include the locations of wind chimes, dog-walking routes, cricket sounds, potholes, and so on. It is these very taken-for-granted and often-overlooked things that help to define the uniqueness to a community (its beauty and its warts). Counter-cartography challenges, empowers and exposes as it integrates both art and science across any subject area for any topic. This workshop defines maps and counter-maps, demonstrates how to collect data, and explores how to bring the collected data to life through counter-maps.

Brad Houk teaches geography, art, and education at the Community College of Vermont, social studies at Green Mountain Union High School (Chester, VT), and physical education at Riverside Middle School (Springfield, VT). He has presented his counter-mapping work in various regional and international conferences from Louisville, KY to Omaha, NE to Shelburne, VT. He has taught at­risk students in Vermont, Navajo students in the Navajo Nation, Friends (Quaker) students in Pennsylvania, and PhD candidates at an ordnance college for the People’s Liberation Army in Shijiazhuang (China). Currently, Brad and his CCV colleagues and students are mapping Vermont communities for a series of narrative atlases entitled “The Vermont Countermapping Project”. Brad believes that counter-maps can empower people, reveal new perspectives, and, at times, change public policy.

Tuesday Nov 15 & Friday Nov 18, 2016
9:30 am – 11:00 am
School Workshop
Putney Central School

Anu Yadav ~ The Art of Listening


Using the experience of ‘Capers as a reference, participants will learn about theater-based strategies that can support community organizing. This workshop addresses key concepts in listening, power and privilege, identity, unconscious bias, and ethics within theater-making.



Tuesday Nov 15, 2016
Public Workshop
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Next Stage
sliding scale $10 plus materials when needed

Carpetbag Creative Arts Reintegration ~ Digital storytelling with Linda Parris-Bailey


In conjunction with the presentation of Carpetbag Theatre’s newest play, Speed Killed My Cousin — about an African American woman soldier who returns from Iraq and struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury– we work with community partners to offer theater workshops, story circles, digital storytelling training, and performance-based community dialogues, through our CAR (Creative Arts Reintegration) Program. In particular, we create opportunities for women veterans, veterans in PRRC programs and veterans of color and their families to share their stories, and experience the healing power of creative expression.

CAR is an innovative theater arts program, designed and implemented in collaboration with the Tampa VA Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center (PRRC), VA clinicians, the University of South Florida (USF), and several arts organization partners. The project is designed to reach out to veterans and their families, who have been impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or Military Sexual Trauma

This unique collaboration between arts organizations, the VA and other service providers directly enhances the mental health of wounded service members and helps to foster healthy readjustment to civilian life. Theater workshops also include movement and voice exercises that improve fitness and wellness activities for warriors and their families. Leadership naturally emerges from these exchanges as people take charge of their own process and story. The role of the visiting artists and workshop leaders is to transfer skills that will strengthen existing peer mentorship programs, such as the Tampa PRRC “Voices of Recovery” group, and develop new leadership where arts-based programs do not currently exist. In addition, public performances and dialogues raise awareness about veteran’s issues, educate the public, connect veterans to the larger community, and build bridges of understanding.

To facilitate the exchange of ideas, training and services between local veterans service providers, artists and institutions that result in improved support for veterans and those who work with them


  • Public Performance
  • Post Performance Dialogues
  • Theater Workshops
  • Story Circles
  • Digital Storytelling Workshops

Intent (ensemble and community goals)

  • To increase our understanding of trauma and its impact on our communities by looking closely at the traumas of war
  • To support the emotional/psychological healing of veterans and their families through a creative arts program
  • To increase public understanding through performances and dialogue
  • To develop a model in Tampa that can be replicated in cities and rural areas where the play tours
  • To build national partnerships with veteran’s service providers, educational institutions, and presenting venues to cross pollinate services and develop new tools for the field
  • To create opportunities, specifically for women veterans of Color and their families to share their stories and experience the healing power of creative expression
  • To reach out to Peace Activist Networks that have expressed interest and Muslim and Arab communities who have expressed interest in cross cultural dialogue, community education and relationship building.


  • To contribute to the psychosocial rehabilitation and reintegration of veterans, and increase skills in artistic expression, public speaking and leadership, by providing on-going creative workshops as a model program.
  • To conduct Digital Storytelling trainings, collecting and maintaining an archive of stories of survival and healing.
  • To conduct Speed Killed My Cousin ensemble residencies in cities where there is a significant veteran population and direct service partner.
  • To facilitate the exchange of ideas, training and services between local veterans service providers, artists and Institutions that result in improved support for veterans and those who work with them
  • To create a replicable model of this work that will result in regional and national impact

Wednesday Nov 16
Public Workshop
4­:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Next Stage
sliding scale $10 plus materials where needed

D. Colin ~ Said the Badge to the Cop and Back: Student/Police Workshop

DcolinIf the badge could talk , what would it say? There has been much discussion and increasing tension surrounding police activity on a national level. It has become more and more important for law enforcement and the communities they serve to communicate openly. The purpose of this workshop is to cause reflection, translate the meaning of policing through poetry and a create a safe space for police officers to express how they feel about the important work that they do. Participants will have the opportunity to write their own poems and also help create a group poem that represents the needs of their community.

This workshop is not open to the public.

Thursday Nov 17, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Student/Police Workshop
New England Youth Theatre


Heart of the Beast ~ River of Thanks


Sandy Spieler’s Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater offers this workshop inspired by the protest action at Standing Rock, and by the prayers for how Water connects us all.  In this workshop — making “a collective River of thanks” — many beings bow to the water for drink and thanks. We build simple puppets with a moveable part to bow to the River. On the sides of the River box, participants can write their own words of thanks for the Water.  They will all be lined up end to end at the conclusion  of the session — we will learn a song and bring them together before parting for the day, each participant carrying a reminder of thanks back to their own homes.

Sandy’s work for the Water seeks to open heart, mind, action and joy for the care of the Water that Connects the World. This photo rich talk  is an overview of the evolution of 30 years of work for the Water utilizing many different forms and situations of engaging the public– and is guaranteed to spark ideas of what YOU can do to create work for the Water.

Saturday Nov 19, 2016
9:00 am – 11:30 am
Mask Workshop
Next Stage
sliding scale $10 per session plus materials

Will McAdams ~ Moving Forward / Making Change

A closing of the week and a call to move forward in community

In this participatory workshop, theater maker/activist Will MacAdams will lead participants in exercises and activities designed to foster dialogue and encourage action, inspired by the week.   The workshop is a place where Voices of Community artists, audience members and workshop participants can look back on the many events of the week – and look forward to the change they might inspire.   The hope is to imagine specific ways that this vital, creative work can be continued in our local communities – as well as support the many efforts already underway.

Sunday Nov 20, 2016
11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Community event
Next Stage
$10 sliding scale plus materials where needed

Sandy Spieler ~ A Production for the Whole Community

sandyspielerSandy Spieler’s Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater has been organizing a giant May Day parade in Minneapolis for 42 years. Every spring, the parade explodes with dancing and playing instruments with fiery verve. The parade tells a, section by section, each designed musically and visually by MayDay staff artists as a walking theatrical performance. The Free Speech Section follows, where community groups proclaim their names and causes. All together, 2000 participants march, boogie or roll down Bloomington every year! Meanwhile, tens of thousands more line the streets, enjoying the spectacle and each other. People are everywhere – on rooftops and on lawns, toting babies in backpacks and toddlers in wagons, or sitting knee to knee along on the curbs. Everybody greets neighbors from near and far with a “Happy MayDay!!” The city feels intimate, overflowing with goodwill and spring fever.

Come talk about how it works, and how we might create an event like this here in Southern Vermont!

Saturday Nov 19, 2016
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Community Event
Putney Public Library

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