storytelling + spoken word

Below you'll find information about:

  • Workshops: Hands-on workshops bring together individual artists to encourage students to actively discover their own artistic potential. Ideal for after school, library, or community center programs. Most workshops are product based.

  • Residencies: Offer experiences implemented by a specialized teaching artist. Residencies are multiple, participatory workshops and require a minimum of 3 sequential sessions per student group, and can be expanded into semester-long projects. Residencies take place in partnership with the classroom teacher and either focus on arts-integration or the artistic process.

 

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

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The Magic of Story

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WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Dan Gordon

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With movies, television and video games, children are accustomed to having special effects create scenes for them. Storytelling allows children the empowerment of creating scenes for themselves. This workshop will help students enhance their reading, writing and speaking, exploring imagination to find their own, personal voice. They will have fun learning techniques of body language, facial expression, gesture, articulation, voice fluctuation and timing to create powerful and entertaining characters. They will also gain an understanding of story structure while practicing valuable listening skills that, through perception and difference, help develop vocabulary, extending these essential lessons beyond the classroom.

Virtual Option Available

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

30

Grade Levels

K-8

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Poetry, Performance & The Power of Telling Our Stories

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WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Jasminne Mendez

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Jasminne believes that “everyone has a story to tell” and if you don’t tell your own story someone else will do it for you and they’re going to get it wrong. For that reason, she wants to empower your students with the artistic tools and knowledge necessary to help them tell their own stories in creative ways. Using the power of language and performance strategies like improv exercises and collaborative storytelling, workshop participants will explore how writing. storytelling and performance can make a change in their own lives and in the world around them. Using culturally relevant writing prompts and mentor texts, award winning author and acclaimed performer Jasminne Mendez can create a customized workshop to help your students craft their personal experiences into poems, personal narratives, plays or performance pieces to share with the world so that we can all begin to feel a little more empathy and compassion towards each other. Workshops can be English/Spanish or both.

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

3-12

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Playwriting & Performance

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WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Jasminne Mendez

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Using Jasminne Mendez’s picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas as their narrative grounding, students will spend time in this workshop outlining, drafting, revising, rehearsing and finally performing their own adaptation of the work. During their time in this workshop students will learn about and celebrate their own and other’s traditional foods and culture. They will learn about play structure, how to draft, edit and revise a piece of creative work, and how to use the actor’s tools (voice, body, and breath) to deliver a dynamic and captivating performance.

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

2-5

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Healing Through Written Arts

(Songwriting, Poetry, & Storytelling)

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WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Soulliaa Rae 

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Our voices matter and the pen is one of our greatest tools. Students will explore the value and power of their unique voice through their engagement in written art forms like songwriting, poetry, and storytelling. This artistic workshop and residency focuses on Social and Emotional (SE) Learning and Development, reduction of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and increasing youth literacy. These sessions are a great opportunity for students to find, refine, and strengthen their self-advocacy, mediation, and communication skills.

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

PK-12

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Healing Through Written Arts

(Songwriting, Poetry, & Storytelling)

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WORKSHOP AND RESIDENCY

Amanda Wenger

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Starting a story can be daunting.  What do you even write about?  What if it’s not perfect?  What if you can’t decide where the story wants to go?  Faced with these questions, students may be too intimidated to begin.  In this interactive workshop with writer and comedian Amanda Wenger, students will start with a concrete memory and morph it into a unique piece of fiction using a series of cumulative prompts.  As the prompts become stranger and stranger, students learn that their own life experiences can be the jumping off point for wild feats of fiction!  By the time our playful exploration comes to a close, students will be empowered to try on various story elements, embracing the state of imperfect draft that every piece of writing must pass through. Materials required: Desks, chairs, laptops (students will be manipulating the same piece of writing throughout the workshop, so work processing is ideal), PowerPoint sharing capabilities

2+ Sessions, Same Day

$95 per 45-min. session; $115 per 60-min. session

Per-Session Fee

$115 per 45-min. session; $125 per 60-min. session

Participant Limit

25

Grade Levels

8-12