Saying Goodbye to 2020!
Tuesday, December 29
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Does this year feel like a bad relationship from which you need closure?
Do you have things you want to leave in 2020, so that 2021 can be a fresh start?
We understand! That’s why we’ve developed this 90-minute online workshop for ages 18 and up called “Saying Goodbye to 2020!” This is the perfect time to find closure from a challenging year and set yourself up to experience growth, resilience, and wellness in 2021. You will work with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Michelle Pearce, whose latest book focuses on resilience-building, and Stephanie Lynn Williams, Drama Learning Center’s Artistic Director.
Drawing upon emotional expression strategies in both therapy and theatre, this workshop will provide you with the opportunity to process and release the challenges you encountered in 2020. You’ll experience how expressing yourself through both letter writing and theatrical exercise results in greater emotional well-being, resilience, and confidence.
First, you’ll learn the science behind stress, emotions, and both written & theatrical expression. Then, you will have the opportunity to write a goodbye letter to 2020, following a specifically crafted letter writing prompt. You will then use acting exercises to connect to and give voice to your letter. Solidify the act of releasing the past by speaking your own words out loud.
No writing or theatre experience necessary. Just a sense of playfulness, curiosity, and desire to experience greater emotional freedom and wellness. Get ready to find your voice to put some closure on this year!
The Online Workshop will Include:
- An explanation on why the combination of therapy and theatre strategies is a powerful approach for wellness and emotional release
- Fascinating information on why it is important to complete the stress cycle
- A letter writing exercise based on the science of journaling for wellness
- Fun warm-up drama exercises to get you ready to express yourself
- Theatrical expression activities to practice saying goodbye to 2020
- Optional: Perform excerpts from your letter for the group
- Tips on how to “bloom in the dark” to set yourself up for growth and transformation in 2021
For those who would like to take the practice even further, there will be an opportunity to learn about future one-on-one offerings with the workshop leaders
What you will Need:
- Pen or pencil
- Comfortable clothing
- A sense of humor and curiosity
Date: Tuesday, December 29
Time: 6:30-8:00 pm
Age: 18+ years
About the Workshop Leaders
Michelle Pearce, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Maryland Graduate School. She is also a board-certified health and wellness coach, a writing for wellness facilitator, a researcher, and a Night Bloomer. She is passionate about helping people achieve their wellness goals and live balanced, thriving lives. Her clinical and coaching practices focus on using the connection between mind, body, and spirit to improve health and obtain optimal well-being.
Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity, provides practical tools and wisdom for transforming and thriving in adversity and loss. Just as some flowers require the dark to bloom, there are some people– Night Bloomers– who do their best growing and becoming during dark and challenging times. Dr. Pearce offers health and wellness coaching, psychotherapy, and journaling workshops. When Dr. Pearce isn’t writing or teaching others how to bloom in the dark, you can find her salsa dancing or hiking in the woods. To learn more about Dr. Pearce and her services, visit her website at www.drmichellepearce.com and Instagram at @bloomwithdrmichelle.
Stephanie Lynn Williams is an arts administrator, producer, director, educator, and actress from Maryland. As a natural extension of her passion for education, she enjoys guiding corporate professionals and community leaders towards enhanced public speaking skills through the application of theatre concepts. The strong correlation between theatre, public speaking, and psychology yields results-driven progress for her clients.
As the owner and Artistic Director of Drama Learning Center (DLC) in Columbia, MD since 2006, she and her accomplished staff have provided opportunities for thousands of children and adults to participate in theatrical productions where they establish a foundation of pride, leadership and teamwork. DLC promotes a learning environment based on self-confidence, self-expression, a sense of commitment, and a love for the arts through classes, private instruction, and special community/school outreach efforts. Stephanie personally directs the professional training program Teaching Young Artists (TYA). Favorite past and critically-acclaimed TYA productions include Hands on a Hardbody, Les Miserables, Side Show, Bring It On, Parade, Urinetown, and Carrie the Musical. Alums of the program have studied or are currently studying at such prestigious programs as NYU Tisch, Marymount Manhattan, Penn State, University of Maryland, Catholic University, Wagner, Rider, Elon and others. Under Stephanie’s tutelage, young adults are successfully gaining admittance to esteemed theatre schools around the country.
“I can’t say more amazing things about the work I have done with Dr. Michelle Pearce and Stephanie Williams. They gave me strategies to release my anger in ways I never thought I could by reading letters I wrote to people in my life who I felt anger towards. I have chronic headaches and I have seen a significant improvement since working with them. I look forward to each session and love working with both of these talented and knowledgeable women!” –Lisa P.