“Everything we believe comes from a story we've been told." - Heather McGee, author and policy advocate
In a world where dominant narratives have the power to dismiss and erase those most historically marginalized, how can storytelling be a tool to re-shape our attitudes, understanding, and behavior “for good”? In this high-participatory workshop co-created & facilitated by Andrea Ambam (Level Forward) and Dria Brown (Broadway Advocacy Coalition), participants will embark on a guided journey filled with prompts and provocations that sharpen the iron of conscious storytellers wondering what they can do to use their craft for social good, while balancing commercial success. Utilizing Tribeca 2023 selections (Mountains, Bad Things, and The League) as activation, participants will 1) hear from creators who exemplify the intersection of storytelling and impact through their work and 2) be prompted to generate stories with the power for impact. Ultimately, “Storytelling for Social Good” asks us all to consider: What is my responsibility as a culture-maker with the power to shape and tell stories? What are the dominant narratives that I'm looking to subvert through my storytelling? And most importantly, how many untold, liberatory stories emerge when we alI commit to storytelling for social good?
This workshop features guest storytellers: Monica Sorelle (Mountains), Byron Motley (The League), and Rad Pereira (Bad Things).
Andrea Ambam is a performance artist and writer whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically-engaged storyteller, Andrea puts narrative to use, creating theatrical experiences that worldbend and record truth. Currently, Andrea is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Artistic Fellow and the Programming Manager at Level Forward, where she hosts the Anthem Award-winning podcast More To Talk About. She has developed her multi-hyphenated practice as a 2022-2023 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence, an Artistic Fellow with Signature Theatre, a Writing As Activism Fellow with PEN America, an Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC), an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow, and as a competitive public speaker/performer where she was awarded "Top Speaker in the Nation'' three times. Andrea lives in Brooklyn and has a Master’s in Art & Public Policy from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. www.andreaambam.com
Dria Brown is an artDoula (creative producer, facilitator, artist) from South Carolina, living and working in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). Dria’s multi-hyphenate practices center the lush and freedom-filled possibilities that exist in a world where all Black people, and specifically Black women and femmes are centered and cared for. Dria is currently the Co-Director of Programming at the Tony award-winning arts advocacy nonprofit, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, a Theater of Change Facilitator at Columbia Law School, the Senior Creative Producer of Britton & The Sting - a funk liberation band based in NYC and a Creative Producer on a new Terence Nance project premiering at The Whitney Museum in the fall. Dria finds sanctuary in culinary food rituals that nourish her loved ones and lives with her co-dependent dog daughter Mooriah Carey in crown heights. www.driabrown.com