Through training in acting, storytelling, screenwriting and directing, The Theatre Lab's Life Stories program teaches people from marginalized populations to create original dramatic works using their own life experiences. Since launching the program in 2000, we have brought life-transforming opportunities for creative self-expression to more than 1,000 youth and adults from age 11 to 100+.
The Life Stories program has been nationally recognized and is the subject of two award-winning documentary films, How I Got Over, a full-length feature by director Nicole Boxer [now on Netflix], and The Life Stories Project, a short film by Michael O. Snyder.
Under the careful guidance of Theatre Lab instructors, people young and old transform their personal narratives into film or theatre. The benefits of this process are often life-changing: increased self-esteem and awareness of creative potential, reduced sense of isolation as a result of being part of an artistic ensemble, improved verbal communication skills, and the emotional satisfaction gained from sorting through past experiences.