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Story Workshop for Engineering / STEM Instructors

Date: January 12, 2023

If you have ever found yourself completely hooked on a Netflix series, then you’ve experienced the power of story. This workshop will help you become aware of story and what storytelling can do to help you in your teaching practice.

ITDL 415 Physical Theatre- Storytelling Through Body, Gesture, and Voice

Physical Theatre- Storytelling Through Body, Gesture, and Voice

Date: October 17, 2022—December 5, 2022

Introductory course on Physical Theatre techniques. Physical Theatre is a performance genre that uses the body to communicate narrative, character and action. Students will practice physical exercises, improvisation and movement to create their own expressive works through body, gesture and voice. Class modality - in person. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m.-6:15 p.m. during the last seven weeks of the fall semester (October 17 - December 5, 2022). No course requirements or prerequisites. 1 credit. 

ITDL-415 Improv and Storytelling

Improv and Storytelling

Date: August 22, 2022—October 2, 2022

This course is an in-depth study of improvised storytelling. We will explore the primary tools and techniques for creating improvised scenes leading to basic, advanced and theatrical  compositions . Students will engage in various long-form improv structures and story forms to create engaging and crafted performances.  Students interested in storytelling, role playing, unscripted work and extemporaneous speaking are encouraged.  The class is ensemble based and will lead to group creation and collaboration. Class modality - in person.

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The Mosaic Memoir: Your Story in Text & Image

Date: May 24, 2023—June 28, 2023

This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to explore the long-established and increasingly popular form of personal writing, the memoir—with the rich addition of illustrations of myriad genres. The focus will be on both personal expression and effective storytelling through both text and image. Workshop will meet online synchronously from 5:00-7:30 p.m. EST each week for six weeks (May 24- June 28, 2023).

Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic

Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic

Date: October 6, 2021

In this workshop, we use comics-making to process and communicate our experiences of the life-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by contemporary and historical art and comics about health and disease, we will investigate elements of epidemiology that resonate with our personal knowledge, beliefs, and observations of COVID-19’s impact on our lives.

Telling the Story of Addiction & Recovery

Telling the Story of Addiction & Recovery

Date: September 20, 2020—November 1, 2020

This course examines how storytellers have addressed addiction and recovery and how those narratives can be presented in a more balanced and nuanced way by addressing how those struggling with addiction, like other marginalized communities, have historically been stigmatized and misrepresented.

ITDL-415 Storycraft Workshop - Making VR Experiences

Storycraft Workshop - Making VR Experiences

Date: March 16, 2022

This is a project focused, seven-week workshop using Oculus Touch and/or HTC Vive with Unreal Engine 4 for beginners. Participants will learn to create a VR that incorporates basic interactivity with visual and spatial storytelling. Through lecture, reading, and critique, you will learn to create compelling environments using Unreal 4 VR templates, basic visual scripting with blueprints, importing models and creating materials. No previous experience necessary.

Social Media Storytelling - Spring 2022

Social Media Storytelling

Date: March 21, 2022—April 10, 2022

Storytelling is central to the human experience. Humans are hard-wired to both tell and receive stories, it’s part of how they understand the world around them. Our strongest connections are made through the stories we tell each other. Social media is perhaps the best media to build relationships with stories. In this workshop, participants will learn the who, what, why, when, and how of storytelling on social media.