"It strikes me that Moreno found a key to the group when he asked for sharing from the heart."
-- Zerka Moreno
The purpose of the sharing process in psolodrama is to provide an opportunity for the psoloist to reflect on and explore her process more deeply, in dialogue with a supportive witness.
Oftentimes this conversation is so good, so valuable, that it may last as long or longer than the psolodrama.
As one longtime practitioner of psolodrama put it: "Both psoloist and witness are entering a realm of presence to the imaginal that is, well, sacred."
The psoloist leaves the process fully self-expressed: her psolodrama and the sharing process have let her say everything she needs to say -- and she feels deeply seen and heard by the witness.
The witness experiences a peaceful satisfaction, having served the other with presence and lovingkindness, and having been witness to authentic, heart-opening work.
In June's Insight Improv Lab we'll practice psolodrama and the sharing process in depth, and discuss the principles of supportive sharing as a witness.
Please join us Sunday, June 21st, from 3:30-7:00pm. This is a free workshop -- don't miss it!
Also please join us in welcoming our special
guest Sushmita Chatterjee, a therapist and counselor from Kolkata, India, who works with at-risk youth there. (Sushmita and the All-Bengal Women's Union hosted our psolodrama workshop in Kolkata in 2007.)
Looking forward to seeing you there,
p.s. -- If you are new to psolodrama, you are welcome to join us! Please contact us in advance for ways to get up to speed prior to the Lab.
Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT
Registered Drama Therapist
+1-617-354-0722 land line
+1-617-401-5124 cell (urgent)
New chapters available:
* Read and comment on the draft of "The Psolodrama Sharing Process:" http://bit.ly/inim-sharing
* Read the final draft of "Troubleshooting Psolodrama:" http://bit.ly/inim-trouble-pdf
* For more info on the Insight Improv Lab and Book, including workshop dates and links to all chapters, please visit: http://insightimprov.org/Lab.html
COMING SOON TO THE LAB
July 12, 2015: Coaching Psolodrama
Psolodrama is designed to give the psoloist complete autonomy, relatively free from the influence of the therapist or peer witness.
But with this freedom comes responsibility: the psoloist is playwright, director, actor, and therapist all at the same time. Not only does psolodrama demand a good deal of spontaneity as an improviser, it also requires the psoloist be present, focused, and not thrown off-balance by extraneous thoughts or strong emotions.
But coaching can help.
Especially for a psoloist new to psolodrama, the witness in the role of coach can provide simple and clear guidance, helping the psoloist refocus and return to action. By listening carefully and only coaching when requested, the witness -- acting as coach -- can strengthen the sense of safety and support necessary for the psoloist to explore deeply.
For July's Insight Improv Lab, we'll practice coaching psolodrama in pairs and as a group, discussing the principles of spare and effective coaching. This will be a fun and active session -- don't miss it!
Joel Gluck, MEd, RDT is a drama therapist, meditator, theatre artist, and executive coach who offers individual and couple therapy, workshops, clinical training, and coaching for performers and professionals throughout the world.