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The Full Story

Page to Stage

Storytelling is central to our human journey. Our stories connect us, define our unique perspective, and celebrate our unique identities.

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The Series

In “From the Page to the Stage,” professional writer, storyteller, and performer Lisa Trank will work with a committed group of creative minds and hearts to draw out our essential stories.

 

In Session I, participants will bring an authentic story to the page and go from first draft to a polished story ready to share. Using safe and inclusive theater techniques, Lisa will guide the storytellers to the stage, an essential component in the writing process. Session I will culminate in an intimate storytelling circle, completing the first part of the “Page to the Stage” cycle.

In Session II, the fun really begins. We’ll reflect on the first six weeks and what transpired in the act of telling your performance story draft in a safe circle as a jumping off point for deepening the writing and performance process. Through peer and faculty feedback, participants will expand on their base story toward a 5 minute performance piece, to be presented for an invited audience.

Throughout the course, we will touch on authentic storytelling experts including Hannah Gatsby, Mike Birbiglia, Alex Edelman, Alex Boorstein, and others. There will be homework, but it will be fun!

 

About the Instructor

Lisa began writing after many years as a performing artist – an actress and singer – and she is thrilled to integrate those years of crafting characters and storytelling.

 

A former recipient of a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Fellowship, much of Lisa’s fiction writing focuses on the stories I grew up with as the proud first generation daughter of immigrants. She loves writing from a place of joy and to shine a light on Jewish families and life for all young readers.

 

Although, she does admit to holding a special place in her writer’s heart for the Jewish kids who live in small towns. She was one of those kids and so are her three daughters. Her nonfiction performance essays, including the pieces she will be performing for Longmont Out Loud, are centered on parenting and Jewish lifestyle.

 

Lisa is an active member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University, as well as a B.S.S. in Theater from Northwestern University. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a body awareness modality.

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