Expectations re: Sojourn Theatre and CPCP Summer Institutes 2018, Part 2

In the previous post, I covered how I knew about and what I knew about Sojourn Theatre (ST) and the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP). I included information about the two organizations (and their respective summer institutes) drawn from their websites.

(On a meta note, while I find the kind of framing I used above helpful, I also find it dry and dull—both as a writer and a reader. I recently started an academic-ish book, The Penelope Project, that framed things in an engaging manner in its introduction. I’m hoping to learn not only from the book’s content, but also its style. Anyway, I digress.)

In this post, I write about what I want to learn from these two workshops.1

1. I want to learn how ST collaboratively makes theatre with their community partners and as artists.

2. I want to learn how ST negotiates the project’s artistic, civic, and ethical goals (and any other facet I may be overlooking at the moment).

3. I want to learn how CPCP approaches creative placemaking.

4. I want to discover how the multiple facets of my identity interact with ST and CPCP.

5. I want to learn not only from the facilitators, but also from my fellow participants and from Chicago. (Based on experience, I learn loads just by being in a place.)

Unsurprisingly, although I said I was excited in the previous post, I’m also nervous. I’m afraid of discovering just how vapid and incompetent I am. I’m scared of using the “wrong” word or saying something thoughtless that may offend someone (and result in my banishment from the kingdom!). I’m anxious about not making friends.

These are familiar, if uncomfortable, monsters. It’s never easy, but I’m slowly getting the hang of patting them on the shoulders and gently saying, “Let’s not quit anyway, ‘kay?”

On that imposter syndrome note, let me list the next entries I intend to write (in no particular order): why am I drawn to arts- and community-based civic practice; the “decolonization” of English Language Learning through CUNY-Creative Arts Team’s Interactive Storytelling (an article I want to write while playing with style—but considering I haven’t even written a traditional academic article yet, maybe I shouldn’t play yet); my initial reflection for the Drama and Youth course (required)…as some of you may notice, I always have a lot of things I want to write about. This doesn’t even include this one story I’ve been wanting to complete since summer vacation began.

(Another meta note: I’ve been writing this on an iPad and while it’s doable (and I actually prefer the touchscreen keyboard to the bluetooth keyboard I bought), it can get frustrating from time to time. It might help though if I don’t directly type into WordPress and instead use a different writing application for this instead.)

  1. This won’t be anything mindblowing or profound. There are some people who, right at the beginning, are very specific with what they want to learn. Me, on the other hand, sort of paddle around the lake and then go, “Oh, it’s a crab!”