Your Life is Filled With Stories... So Tell One!


Feb 11 2017 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Acadiana Center for the Arts

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with Patricia Sidman, CPCC

In this workshop you will learn storytelling using personal material and will have the opportunity to develop and tell a story from your own life.

Every human has hundreds of personal stories. Storytelling is perhaps the oldest human art form. It is the way people have always shared experiences, taught and learned from each other, created and preserved culture, reinforced values, expressed emotions, and formed meaningful community bonds. Our stories are a big part of what makes us fully human.

Working first in writing and then in performance, you will experience the joy of being heard and of hearing others, all in the context of a safe place to explore this rich art form.

Patricia Sidman

Patricia Sidman is a storyteller, actor, author, playwright, and life coach. She has studied storytelling and has performed for over 15 years. She is skilled at creating an accepting, safe environment for deeply personal work. As artist in residence at AcA in 2017, she is currently developing a full-length storytelling theatre piece based on the stories of older women, entitled Still, Life.


The workshop sessions will cover:

  • Techniques for freeing creativity and accessing stories. Powerful questions, right-brain exercises, finding a personal voice, engaging the whole body and imagination;
  • How to choose a story worth telling and develop it. Finding the “juice” among one’s stories. Writing exercises, verbal imagery, punch lines, when to give details and when not, metaphors, making it “real;”
  • Elements and techniques of a storytelling performance. Tone and intensity, pace and volume, gesture and movement, timing, working without a theatrical “fourth wall.”

"When we want meaningful emotional experience, we go to the storyteller."

—Robert McKee, Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting