I got this message from a friend of mine. What she’s studying in Kansas is awesome and she’s bringing a glimpse of it to Kuwait this month :)
I hope this e-mail finds you well, despite the summer heat if you’re in Kuwait!
I am currently a graduate student in Theatre and Drama Therapy at Kansas State University; I spent my first year learning about play and the way it shapes the brain. I was also trained in creative drama techniques, Playback Theatre, sociodrama, and conflict resolution. I work with a number of populations in Kansas including adults with physical and learning disabilities, university students, and professionals in the community who want to explore the arts in a non-threatening environment. I am writing to tell you about my upcoming workshop in Kuwait. The first workshop I held over Christmas was called “Play Your Way to Better Communication: Building Emotional Intelligence through Games and Movement.” I spent the day with ten participants, disconnected from the stresses of every day life, simply engaging in play. This time, I’m taking it a step further.
This workshop (8-10 June) is called JUMP IN. It literally requires participants’ to jump into each activity by talking about issues we all contend with and turning them into a group sociodrama (this is a process where we come up with a fictional scenario to enact that issue). This sociodrama workshop will allow people to expand their role repertoire, meaning a student can play the role of the teacher, or discuss what it feels like to be a worried parents. The whole point is to put ourselves in somebody else’s shoes and build empathy, compassion and gain understanding. You do not have to worry about acting because the process is designed so that it’s about exploration and not the performance. I will guide you through warm-ups and games that will ease you into sociodrama. The purpose of the workshop is also to reintroduce adults to the importance of play. How often do we disconnect for a couple of hours to play games from our childhood? Brian Sutton-Smith, a play theorist, says the opposite of play is not work, it is depression.
On the first day of my creative drama class, I defined play as the ability to let one’s guards down, to forget about problems that exist outside the game and to be present in the moment. Now I define play as an essential part of our life. Food nourishes our body, exercises strengthens it, and play challenges our mind and shapes our relationships. I really hope that you’re willing to come out and play for three days! The workshop starts at 5:30 PM and ends at 8:30 PM. For registration info or questions about the cost of the workshop, please email me and I’d be happy to answer your questions. I’ve also included a flyer of the event but please note that seats are limited.
The workshop is suitable for women who are interested in self-improvement and personal growth, who want to be more creative and spontaneous in their every day life. I am under the supervision of Sally Bailey, MFA, MSW, RDT-BCT, my major professor and learnt Sociodramatic techniques from Nancy Sondag. Feel free to share this email with anyone who might be interested.
Fatmah H. Al-Qadfan”
I trust Fatmah and I know that this workshop is going to be fun and amazing!