Our methodology is a unique experiment in art and community engagement. The entire community is invited to be co-creators in our study sessions, devising workshops, open rehearsals and post-performance talkbacks, and we learn and adjust as we go.
The work is divided into four fluid but distinct phases that align with ancient sacred text study techniques where one explores increasingly deeper layers of reading a text, such as the Jewish tradition of PaRDeS and the Christian contemplative practice of Lectio Divina.
We host facilitated conversations which foster open and honest dialogue around challenging issues in a community. In these, we collaboratively connect participants’ lived experiences around the issue to a sacred text that holds meaning for the community.
We hold writing workshops and open rehearsals with the community, using the studied text and personal narratives as inspirations. Participants create and shape a living piece of art that reflects the community as a whole.
We present a cohesive theatrical performance out of material that emerged through the process, working with local artists, technicians and performers. This presentation artistically reflects the process and the community, and is followed by an intentionally designed critical feedback session that allows participants and viewers to discuss what was revealed through the project, process and performance.
We provide 100% of our box office proceeds to local artists and arts organizations to continue the civic conversation through their own artistic practice. Communities that have created In[HEIRitance Projects are part of a national network committed to healing the world through art.