"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

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Living Stories is based upon the nationally recognized Life Stories Program, which is  therapeutic arts program in which people from underserved communities learn to create original dramatic works from their real-life experiences.

Through games and soft improv and within a safe community of peers, we identify the stories and perspectives the participants wish to share. Together we choose the stories to be shared publicly and develop them into dramatic works to present to an audience.

Excerpts from the Living Stories for seniors program created for Westchester Collaborative Theater's Inaugural Hudson Valley New Voices Festival: Vintage Voices - this program was adapted to serve the participants during the second year of COVID lock down. 

We were so pleased that 2 of the stories presented during the first year of the festival were selected for play development and presented to a live audience at WCT in 2022. 

Programs are customized to fit each group's particular needs and goals. Presentations can be casual, public or videotaped.

For further information, write to: christinefonsale@gmail.com