Diversity of participation. Breadth of experience. Depth of content. This storytelling series is an opportunity for the microphone to find its way into communities with stories that need to be shared. All theVOM events are the culmination of an engaged outreach process with local artists, social advocacy organizations, and community groups with the goal of giving voice to transformative stories.
The workshop series provides an intuitive and fun educational experience that encourages each participant to creatively engage with their own personal narrative on their own terms.
In Workshop #1 each participant will have the opportunity to: 1) Explore a shared theme and individual stories that connect. 2) Create image-based work to expand their explorations. 3) Structure a textual outline of a personal story
By Workshop #2, participants will further develop their textual outline by exploring dramaturgical and performance techniques including: text analysis, rhythm, sequencing, meaning, memorization, style, and physical presentation.
In Workshop #3, participants will be prepared to share and refine a complete and memorized 8-minute personal narrative of a true event from their own lives.
The final step in theVOM process is to allow stories to transition from private spaces to public audiences. theVOM provides a supportive, non-competitive environment for storytellers and communities to gather, share, and engage. Through the sharing of stories, theVOM encourages the empowerment of communities to build empathy and inspire action.
theVOM derives its name from the Latin word vomo, meaning "to spew forth". The vomitorium was a passageway in ancient Roman coliseums and amphitheaters that allowed rapid egress for large audiences. In modern theaters, the “vom” refers to the hallway passage that runs underneath an audience to the stage, a journey from a dark space to the illumination of the stagelight. In this transition, from dark to light, we find our greatest stories.