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Facing Whiteness: A 1-Day Drama Therapy Workshop
February 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm$140
Date, Time, & Place
Saturday, February 27, 2021
10am – 5pm PST
Group will be taught live online via Zoom Link sent with registration
$140 to $100
Limited to 14 Participants
In this one day workshop for white people, we will explore the traumatic legacy of American whiteness through experiential means in a non-shaming space. Improvisation, psychodrama, ritual and Playback Theatre will be used to unearth the traumas associated with systemic racism and its impact on our identities and our psyches.
This workshop is committed to unburdening the BIPOC community by helping participants to take responsibility for educating themselves about systemic racism and unpacking their emotional responses to it.
Healing the Wounds of History is a therapeutic and creative process in which experiential techniques are used to work with people who share a common legacy of generational, historical and/or collective trauma.
Bring with you:
- Formative stories that shaped your view of whiteness and people of color
- Grief, shame, outrage and other difficult feelings that call for transformation
- What you know about your ancestors and genealogy
- Spoken and unspoken messages you received from society about race
Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCT is a psychotherapist, drama therapist, theatre director and professor. Armand has received international recognition for his Healing the Wounds of History approach to bringing groups in conflict together. He has facilitated groups in multiple countries including, descendants of Jewish Holocaust survivors and The Third Reich; Turks and Armenians; Turks and Kurds; Palestinians and Israelis; Japanese and Chinese, Tamil and Singhalese, Japanese and Koreans; African-Americans and European-Americans and the factions involved in the Lebanese Civil War.
Armand is Artistic Director of The Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, now in its 30th year. He is Clinical Director of the Living Arts Counseling Center in Emeryville and Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at California Institute of Integral Studies and has been Adjunct Professor at the Summer Peacebuilding Institute and the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.
Armand has been honored with the Raymond Jacobs Award for his dedication to diversity and cultural competence and The Gertrud Schattner Award from the North American Drama Therapy Association for his distinguished contributions to the field. He has developed innovative programs using drama therapy for social change, intercultural conflict transformation, intercultural communication and peacebuilding.
Janna Browning Weir is a Drama Therapist, Director, and Facilitator with Healing the Wounds of History. Janna received her BFA in Acting from Emerson College in Boston and her MA in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She has directed and performed in productions across the country including Massachusetts, California, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee.
She has worked with Armand Volkas in his work Healing The Wounds of History, which uses Expressive Arts Therapy to work with groups that share a common legacy of historical trauma. Her time with Healing the Wounds of History includes the groundbreaking work Facing the Mountain which brought Armenian and Turks together to address the shared legacy of the Armenian Genocide.
While in San Francisco, Janna also worked, using Drama Therapy, with inner-city youth in Bayview/ Hunter’s Point, a neighborhood struggling with historical legacies of violence. She co-produced and co-directed the award-winning film We There, in which the youth performed a narrative based on their true stories.
More recently, Janna worked with Community Performance International, a company which specialized in community-building across lines of difference and helps communities tell their story. First community members are trained to gather stories from all parts of community. These stories are then given to a playwright and finally community members are cast in a large-scale, live theatre performance that tells the stories of the community. She helped develop Community Story Performances in towns across the South, in addition to creating CSP programming for schools.
Janna’s ancestors can be traced back to early Jamestown, VA on both her mother’s and father’s side. Through genealogical research, she has discovered her family’s participation in the genocide of Indigenous Americans, as well as, being slaveholders. Janna is dedicated to the work of HWH and to reparations, both material and emotional. Through the process of drama therapy and HWH, she believes we can take responsibility for, and transform, the legacies of violence handed down to us by our ancestors and begin the life-long process of being an anti-racist ally.