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Gathering Myself (Creative Writing Workshop)

Based on the writing process of Precious Metals, "Gathering Myself" is a transformative creative writing workshop aimed at older adults, led by Carolyn Harrison. It's designed to empower participants to reframe their stories, infusing their daily lives with renewed vitality and perspective. Hosted as part of the 2024 WHAM Festival by Goddard Riverside Community Arts, this workshop emphasizes self-acceptance and the beauty in one’s truth. Proceeds support both the artists and the mission to make the arts universally accessible, underscoring the community's commitment to inclusivity and the enriching power of storytelling.

2024 WHAM Festival: Gathering Myself

Part of the 2024 WHAM Festival collection. A creative writing workshop for older adults with Carolyn Harrison.

Date and Time:

Saturday, March 9, 2024 · 2 - 4pm EST

Location:

The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside
647 Columbus Ave New York, NY 10025

This workshop is led by Carolyn Harrison.

FEATURED PROJECT

Precious Metals: Beauty in Brokenness

Embark on a journey with Carolyn Harrison's upcoming show, a masterful solo performance that navigates the intricate landscapes of human emotions and resilience. This poignant play, through its multi-character narrative, reveals the universal truth that beauty and grace can be found even in our most fragmented moments. Harrison's artful storytelling invites audiences to explore the depths of brokenness, only to discover the ever-present beauty that binds the human experience. Prepare to be moved and inspired by this profound exploration of strength, vulnerability, and the beauty that exists within adversity.

WHAM Festival: Precious Metals

Presented by: Goddard Riverside Community Arts

Venue: The Bernie Wohl Center at Goddard Riverside
647 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025

A play by Carolyn Harrison

Black American Working Woman

In the heart of a compelling narrative, a marketing manager grapples with self-doubt, hindering her entrepreneurial spirit. This internal battle is rooted in ancestral shadows that she's unaware of until a deep dive into her family's past reveals the source of her constraints. With this revelation, she courageously fights to shed the psychological barriers inherited from generations past, striving to free herself from the invisible shackles that limit her potential, and steps forward to embrace her true capability and dreams.

Good Light Productions MID-SUMMER SHOWCASE

Presented by Good Light Productions in association with The Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America OPEN STAGE Grant

Location:

Episcopal Actors' Guild
1 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016

A play by Paula Ralph Birkett

The Danger of Hope

"The Danger of Hope™" delves into the transformative journey of Detroit high schoolers under the guidance of a Behavior Specialist, Ms. Morgan, mistakenly rumored to be a "witch." This powerful narrative explores the delicate balance between trauma and hope, as Ms. Morgan's efforts to open the minds and hearts of her students reveal the profound impact of hope in the darkest corners. Her office becomes a crucible where the potential for change wrestles with the reality of pain, making it the most pivotal space in the school.

Good Light Productions MID-SUMMER SHOWCASE

Presented by Good Light Productions in association with The Episcopal Actors’ Guild of America OPEN STAGE Grant

Location:

Episcopal Actors' Guild
1 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016

A play by Morgan Breon

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

The Real Life Writers Poetry Project brings a series of engaging workshops to Bronx locals, aimed at demystifying the craft of award-winning spoken word artists. It culminates in a vibrant showcase where participants perform and interview guest poets live, reinforcing our commitment to making poetry a relatable and accessible art form. Emphasizing social justice, this project provides a platform for new underrepresented voices from NYC to reflect and express their diverse narratives through poetry, featuring a virtual info session and a trio of interactive workshops.

Click below to view each artist in action:

Location:

Bernie Wohl Center

RLWPP November 2023 Showcase.
Host, Tabitha Matthews
Featured Poet, Christopher Lilly.

Past Seasons' Projects and Workshops

Season 5

2023/24
 

Productions & Real Life Writers Poetry Project

Productions include Precious Metals (Solo Show), Black American Working Woman, The Danger of Hope. Real Life Writers Poetry Project - Spoken Word Poetry Workshop, Lyrical Faith & Goddard Riverside Community Arts Partnership.

Season 4

2022/21
 

Spoken Word Poetry Workshop

Lyrical Faith & Bronx Academy of Art & Dance (B.A.A.D.) Partnership, Workshop and Showcase performance - October to December 2022.
 

Penny's Kids & Jump for da' Sun Workshop

Penny's Kids (Fully Staged) - November 13-14 & 22-23, 2021. Jump for da' Sun Spoken Word Workshop at Boogie Down Grind Cafe - Hunts Point Partnership, October 2021.

Season 3

2020
 

Penny's Kids

Fully staged virtual performance due to COVID.

Season 2

2019
 

Precious Metals & "Penny's Kids"

Staged reading in development at Lehman College Stages. "I AM Enough" Poetry & Performance Workshop.

Season 1

2018
 

Precious Metals: Beauty in Brokenness

Ensemble cast - NYC Summerfest Theater Festival.

Season Alpha

2016
 

Precious Metals: Beauty in Brokenness

Solo show - staged reading at Bronx Academy of Art and Dance.

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