We were very lucky to be able to work with acting students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) during our most recent trip in march. One of the graduate students in the class reflected on her experience with us and her peers during that session – read what she had to say!
The inHEIRitance Project ran a workshop for my Advanced Acting class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. We explored the concepts of Scared Texts, Exodus Related Journeys and Physical Storytelling.
I was very moved by the experience. Jon, Ari and Chantal were warm and engaging and created a safe and inviting environment to explore and investigate personal and sensitive topics, such as journey and separation, as well as a structure in which to build a story using both our bodies and our words. The team’s framework for devising material led me to contemplate and evaluate my own bias from my experiences living in Omaha, which in turn led me think more deeply about how I have experienced periods in my life of Exodus. Unexpectedly lovely things were generated by me and my classmates that went into creating a group narrative from individual stories. I felt like my voice was heard, acknowledged as important, and incorporated into the fabric of a story that reflects the universal human experience of separation and growth, and the discomfort that necessarily comes from that place.
It was truly a joy to get to work with the inHEIRitance team and I hope to have more opportunities to do so in the future.
-Jessica Johnson, Graduate Student, Department of Theatre, UNO