Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

CCI - Stories in Crisis

May 4, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Topic: Career Development: Multiple Topic Business Training

Provider/Presenting Organization: Center for Cultural Innovation

Location: Online Classes/Webinars


Stories in Crisis

A personal storytelling workshop with Christopher Rivas

There has never been a more important moment to share our truths and our experiences. This moment of crisis has allowed us to think about why we became artists in the first place--for the accolades, fame, funds, or because we would make our art no matter what, even in crisis, even on a small platform, even in our living room. In this moment, we meet our true voice--not the voice of an industry, or what someone would have us be. In this online personal storytelling workshop, we will consider new ways to share our stories during times of social isolation. Maybe you lost your platform to share your voice. Maybe you lost a gig or two (or six like me). Maybe you had all your identity wrapped up in your profession and now you are having an identity crisis. Maybe you just need to get something off your chest. Maybe now is the time to set that story free.

This online workshop is for seasoned writers and total novices, alike. It’s for artists and people who appreciate a good story. No previous writing or performing experience is necessary. Using a variety of techniques including active listening, guided free writes, sharings, and study, participants will gain tools and develop skills for telling and sharing a powerful, honest, and compelling story. You will understand the power and necessity of story, of why we tell stories and how the stories we tell matter far more than we imagined. And if you are really up to it, you will leave with a story/essay/chapter or two. 

Space is limited to 12 participants. Register below for Part 1 in this 3-part series, which will be held live via Zoom on Monday, May 4, 2020, from 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT. If you like what you experience in Part 1, you will be invited to continue on in Parts 2 and 3 (May 11 and 18 at 11:00am PDT). 

Christopher Rivas

I'm Christopher Rivas. I’m a world-traveler and intrepid storyteller. Human narratives are my single greatest passion. I'm a two-time Moth winner, actor, social activist, teacher, and speaker. As a speaker, I work with organizations all over the world using the power of storytelling to craft messages that matter, that are memorable, that are relatable, that are human. As a storyteller, I've developed and facilitated storytelling workshops for The WWE, UNHCR, Hollywood Heart Foundation, LAUSD, LAMP on Skid Row, Safe Place For Youth, The Museum Of Broken Relationships, The Skirball Cultural Center, Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, UCLA, CalArts, Agape International Spiritual Center, and more. I've transformed anxiety into excitement for hundreds of people with my performance and public-speaking coaching. I'm also the proud founder of Lifestyledezine, a community dedicated to exploring and realizing the power of compassionate storytelling. Speaking engagements include: guest lecturer at NYU, UCLA and CalArts, Entrepreneurs Organization, Peace and Love Film Festival (Örebro, Sweden), DAH Teatro (Serbia, Belgrade), Unplug Meditation Studio, Soul Hum, Los Angeles GreenFest. christopherrivasstorytelling.com

Date & Time: Monday, May 4, 11:00am - 12:30pm PDT
Online platform: A Zoom link will be emailed to those who register. 
Cost: $0-20 (sliding scale)
Please pay what you can afford. Those who are able to afford full price tickets will help subsidize those who cannot.
This workshop is supported by the Department of Cultural Affairs - City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund on registration fees up to 48 hours prior to workshop date. Fees non-refundable after that date.

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