The Art of Storytelling

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Four Saturdays, February 6–27, 2016, 11:00–1:30 p.m., with a final storyteller’s showcase on Saturday, February 27, 2:00, Lecture Hall.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced teller of tales, this four-week workshop challenges you to find new depths in both art and yourself as you craft, polish, and perform a personal narrative inspired by works on view at the museum. With exercises in performance, writing, and more, discover how art can become a catalyst for powerful stories and personal expression. Can’t make the workshop? Join the storytellers as they share their stories in a final showcase on February 27.

  • Week 1: Writing Focus – You will get to know yourself, the performance space, and each other through theatre games, and then head off to the galleries to find and begin telling the story inspired by a work of art that holds personal meaning for you.
  • Week 2: Writing & Performance Focus – You will learn techniques to authentically communicate with an audience, and share the first drafts of your story for feedback.
  • Week 3: Performance Focus – Rehearsal! You’ll be coached through the performance of your piece, with an emphasis on authenticity and personal connection.
  • Week 4: Dress Rehearsal – Here we go! You’re supported every step of the way as the performance you create, individually and together, is put on its feet and prepared for your audience.
  • Final Showcase – The energy of the audience is added to your work as you share the impact art has had on you!

Ray Caspio is a performance and teaching artist whose original work explores identity and the performer-audience relationship. He is a veteran of nearly 20 original theatrical pieces who builds authentic connections with the audience. Press has called him a "riveting…magical performer" and "the one man tour de force." Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Laura Mlakar is an English teacher at Twinsburg High School. A graduate of the National Writing Project, she has taught grades 9–12, including AP language and composition.


$115, CMA members $95. Advance registration required. Space is limited.