Recently Completed Projects
In June 2014, Promethean Community supported Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) and DC residents to learn about Metro's current background check policy, the negative impact it has on DC residents, and to organize concrete action steps to challenge the policy. Participants embodied real life stories of DC residents impacted by the policy, and then broke up into small groups to discuss organizing strategies and tactics moving forward.
In May 2014 about 30 people played games in the National Mall, right in front of the Smithsonian Castle. Inspired by Bernard de Koven's blog post on "The Politics of Play," and “Playing in Public is a Political Act” we organized an event to play in the National Mall. Come back soon for videos and photos!
Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community presented: "Imagining and embodying 'others': How theater helps us explore the relationship between humans and Non-Present, Non-Human and Non-Living Others" at Authority Research Network's Participatory Democracy's Non-Human and Non-Living "Others" - A Cartography of Creative Listening Practices. He used a presentation style called Pechakucha. The presentation will soon be posted on the website. Stay tuned!
"Improv & Giving" Promethean Community and a group of passionate individuals explored the activity of giving (e.g. Giving money, support, care, etc) through improv theater at the Meyer Foundation. We explored some of the assumptions we have about giving, how we learned about giving, the rules around giving, and then we got a chance to use theater to embody the activity of giving.
"AmeriCorps Development Series" Promethean Community designed and implemented a series of workshops to support Serve DC- The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. In January, we explored “Giving and getting support for a lifetime of service”. In February, we helped members in "Leveraging your AmeriCorps journey". In April, we played "Let's play, so we can work". All three were opportunities to help bring AmeriCorps members and alumni together to connect with each other, as they learned, developed and practiced skills to support them in their important work.
"Using Improv to enhance our empathic communication". Promethean Community led an experiential workshop with a group of passionate and creative local DC Metro area residents where we used improv as a way to explore our empathy and how we communicate with each other. We used a combination of exercises from Boal's "Arsenal" of games from Theater of the Oppressed and other acting games.
"Supporting the creation of strength based perspectives through performance" - Promethean Community led an experiential workshop for the Program in Excellence for Municipal Management (PEMM) for the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL). The workshop supported team building by having participants explore their individuals and collective strengths through performance. We used the strengths from the VIA Inventory of Strengths and had participants embody their strengths, and then as a team create a team logo and name that built on their collective strengths.
Communal Table Discussion at Eatonville Restaurant - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community spoke about the work that Promethean Community LLC does in a table discussion at Eatonville Restaurant with other local entrepreneurs and creative people.
How media can promote empathy and altruism - Media Rise Festival - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community participated in a panel discussion on the potential for media to promote empathy and altruism at the Media Rise Festival. He shared the story of one of the workshops Promethean Community co-created with the Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association (MWPHA) and Stoddert Terrace-Fort Dupont residents. See the presentation here. Read more about the workshop here.
Interactive Performance to combat mental illness stigma - Promethean Community designed an interactive performance at "A Call to Action for Parents, Caregivers, Youth and Children" an event organized by Total Family Care Coalition to engage in a conversation about creating mental health solutions. The improvisational performance was co-created by the participants to share their stories and feelings about the mental health system, and get a chance to see it enacted on stage by professional actors. The performance was a way to have a dialogue about how to combat the stigma associated with mental illness. Some of the words that the audienced used to describe the performance: "Empowering", "Insightful", and "Creative".
The social lab of applied improv - Radio Interview - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community, was interviewed in "Behind the Mind Radio". He talked about the relationship between performance and development, the use of applied improv in business settings, and the parallels between design thinking and improv. You can listen to the archived show here.
Improv games with Miriam's Kitchen's guests and staff - Andres Marquez-Lara, Founder and President of Promethean Community, led an improv session with guests and staff at Miriam's Studio, a program that is part of Miriam's Kitchen. They are a wonderful non-profit in Washington, D.C. that is committed and working towards ending chronic homelessness. After a series of warm ups, the group was split into two smaller groups. Then, each group learned an improv game that they taught the other group. Everyone was engaged, and created some hilarious scenes. We'll be back to play with them for sure!