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Registration open for June storytelling workshop

May 01, 2019
Gerard Stropnicky

BELFAST — Registration is now open for the “Belonging through Regional Storytelling Workshop,” scheduled June 12-16. In the course of this five-day workshop, participants will access unexpected power through storytelling. With the guidance of experienced storyteller Gerard "Jerry" Stropnicky, participants will explore building capacities of storytelling in engendering a sense of belonging, strength and leadership. Participants will engage in personal storytelling while exploring applications of story work in community empowerment and regional exploration. The workshop is appropriate for adult participants at all levels of experience. Discounts are offered to participants who register before May 15.

Participants will focus equal efforts on listening to stories and telling stories. Participants will be present with their own stories and others’, observing and reinforcing the unique styles and physical presence of each participant. Through multiple exercises, participants will develop vivid, memorable stories.

The workshop will take place from Wednesday, June 12, through Sunday, June 16, at the Basil Burwell Theater (BAZZ), 17 Court St., Belfast. The workshop culminates in a Sunday performance event at 6 p.m. at BAZZ with participation by the Belfast community with optional performances by participants. Belfast has many food options such as a co-op, diner and other restaurants, all within walking distance of theater, with affordable housing options available. More information is available online here. Questions can be directed to:,

Workshop leader Gerard Stropnicky brings a wealth of experience in story, and more than 40 years as a multi-faceted theatre professional. In addition to teaching story workshops, he writes and directs large-scale, site-specific productions featuring community casts, accessing local stories that address intractable issues within the community in Appalachia, the Deep South and Pennsylvania. He has also worked in communities in Rwanda and northern Uganda. “Letters to the Editor,” published by Baker’s Play’s/Samuel French and Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, was culled from 200 years of letters to local newspapers. Stropnicky was a co-founder of Network of Ensemble Theaters. He also co-founded Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE), where he directed and performed for 35 years. He was named United States Artists Lowe Fellow in Theater in 2010.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or

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