The Life Stories® Institute - The Theatre Lab

The Life Stories® Institute

Are You Interested in Learning how to Become a Leader in Your Community?

Celebrating 10 Years of Building Communities Through Storytelling

April 4 – April 7, 2024

Full and partial scholarships are available.
Space is limited to no more than 16 participants.

The Life Stories Institute is an award-winning “train-the-trainer” program where you’ll learn how to harness the transformative power of theatre to strengthen individuals and communities. Offered only once a year, this virtual program is for anyone looking for mind-expanding ways to work with groups who might benefit from learning how to make their voices heard.

Over the course of four days, you’ll participate in a highly interactive online training course led by Theatre Lab Co-Founders and Co-Directors, Buzz Mauro and Deb Gottesman, who have been providing this training for 10 years now. Together, they 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, community focused leaders, social service providers, and anyone who wants to learn how to teach The Theatre Lab’s Life Stories® curriculum in their own classroom, organization or community. 

2024 Schedule:
April 4 – April 7, 2024
Thursday, April 4 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Friday, April 5 – 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 6 – 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, April 7 – 1:30 – 5:30pm

Tuition: $395

“This was an unforgettable course; one of the best training experiences I have ever had. I would say run, don’t walk, to sign up.”

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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