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Living Stories is a therapeutic arts program in which people from underserved communities learn to create original dramatic works from their real-life experiences.

Through playfulness and games and within a safe community of peers, stories are identified that participants wish to develop.  A selection of these stories are shaped into dramatic works and presented publicly.

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Programs are customized to fit each group's particular needs and goals.

Public presentations can be casual, public or videotaped.

For further information,  tell us about your community

A preview of the Living Stories for seniors program created for Westchester Collaborative Theater's Inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices Festival: Vintage Voices - this program was adapted for the COVID lock down of 2021.

"We were so pleased that 2 of the stories presented in HVNV Vintage Voices 2021 were selected for further play development and presented to a live audience at WCT in HVNV 2022."

"When we become the storytellers of our lives, we are no longer victims of circumstance.

We are artists - who make things happen, who write the next chapter, who change the ending." 

Theatre Lab Co-Founder Deb Gottesman, from her TEDx Talk on Life Stories