STORYTELLING WORKSHOP SERIES for LGBTQIA+ YOUTH
Featuring Teaching Artists Sonic Rain & Nicole M. Smith
Patrick’s Cabaret, in partnership with MN Q Youth, is offering 4 free storytelling workshops for LGBTQIA youth! These workshops will provide practice for skills surrounding storytelling, spoken word poetry, advocacy, and performance. The workshop participants then will perform their work at In The Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in late August!
Workshops will be held at the Quatrefoil Library (1220 E Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406)
All experience levels are encouraged to attend. Ages 13-19 are welcome!
If you can make any of the workshops, registration is required – sign up at https://tinyurl.com/ MNQYouthSummer
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTISTS:
Nicole M. Smith
Nicole is an artist based in community/community-based artist, through her work, she explores the integration of community, leadership, the arts, social change, and justice. She has used this approach also when working in arts administration; from her role(s) as Teen Programs Coordinator at Children’s Theatre Company, to Artistic Associate at Pillsbury House + Theatre, Nicole navigates community building/engagement by observing what’s been established and finding point of entry based on interest. “When working with communities; I, first engage by creating a space allowing me (as a new member) to co-habitat – looking to be amongst one another in a shared environment where the talker can speak; a shared environment where the listener can hear; a shared environment where the dancer can move; the writer can scribe; the teacher can learn; the community can BE- BE in shared sacredness, value and respect.” Nicole’s work has been experienced in the Twin Cities, Fargo (ND), New Orleans (LA), Houston (TX), New York (NY) and Berlin (GER). She specializes in Theatre of the Oppressed and has used this technique when working with populations on topics such as: race, racism and privilege; gentrification; [the] criminal justice system; racial profiling; heterosexuality; et al.
Sonic Rain is a singer-songwriter, emcee and beat producer from the Twin Cities. In early year 2000, she was a part of a spoken word collective Free.Inspiring.Rising.Element (F.I.R.E). F.I.R.E was the first active Asian performance poetry collective of its kind in the Twin Cities. They were made up of activists, emcees, playwrights, musicians, and dancers. After F.I.R.E Sonic Rain continues to be involved in the Hmong community through Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (C.H.A.T) I.C.E open mic’s and became the main MC for 5 years. Through the open mic’s she formed and co-founded a Hmong pioneer alternative rock band Shattered Echo’Z. She played the drums and wrote songs. Shattered Echo’Z released their first album in 2004 highlighting their popular song Peb Haiv, which talked about the Hmong genocide secret war.