The Life Stories Institute - The Theatre Lab

The Life Stories Institute

Calling all educators, artists, service providers and volunteers: Learn to teach Life Stories in your own community!

Embed Theatre Lab’s award-winning Life Stories Program in your organization or community

March 9-12, 2023
Full and partial scholarships are available.
Space is limited to no more than 16 participants.


The Life Stories® Institute returns in a highly interactive virtual format, ensuring geographic accessibility for this powerful “train-the-trainer” program. Learn to harness the transformative power of theatre to strengthen individuals and communities. Over four days, the creators of the award-winning Life Stories program will guide you through demonstrations, discussions, interactive panels, and your own model teaching session to prepare you to start a program in your own organization or establish a new partnership from the ground up. 

This course is for artists, educators, social service providers, community volunteers and anyone who wants to learn how to use theatre to help elevate the voices of communities that too often go unheard.

If you are really serious about changing lives through the arts, the Life Stories Institute is the choice you must and should make.

Benefits of the Life Stories Institute

  • Access to The Theatre Lab’s founding directors and renowned faculty 
  • Workshops and breakout sessions that focus on the teaching process, improvisation, rehearsal, and live and film performance techniques
  • Robust e-learning platform that will serve as a resource for years to come
  • A digital copy of the Life Stories Toolkit
  • Visits with past Life Stories program participants
  • Professional networking
  • Ongoing support and mentoring following the Life Stories Institute
  • 24/7 Access to the online course textbook

Who Should Attend the Life Stories Institute?

The Life Stories Institute is for people of all ages, background, and skill sets. Acting or teaching experience is not required. Past participants have been graduate students, grandparents, volunteers, business owners, members of the clergy, actors, teachers, counselors, life coaches, artists, and more. The Life Stories Institute may be a good fit for you want to:

  • Inspire positive professional breakthroughs in your employees.
  • Make a difference using the arts.
  • Apply the work to guidance counseling.
  • You work with individuals from historically underrepresented populations.
  • You’re a life coach or mental health counselor.
  • Incorporate the arts into your lesson plans.
  • Expand your repertoire beyond just acting.
  • Connect with others creating meaningful work.
  • Cultivate growth among your colleagues.
  • Share your passion with others.
  • Gain the skills to lead a program.

Please contact Deb Gottesman at or (202) 824-0449 for more details.

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