Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Let’s Fall Upward

Let’s Fall Upward


Please join Bridging Harts Institute & Psychotherapy at three open sessions using the method of Sociodrama, the drama and psychology of the society, to speak your voice and manage your reactions to other people's voices. 


During this current climate of upheaval and unrest, the method of Sociodrama can be used to help build bridges, compassion, and new perspectives by creating a safe, dynamic, and interesting container for people to value their own voice as well as the voice of others.  During three open session events, Bridging Harts Institute & Psychotherapy invites people to come and work through issues they are having in regards to the current political climate and concerns about the state of our society. Please join us. It will not be a free-for-all; it will be a structured environment where people can be heard.


The methods that will be used at these events include:

  • Sociodrama

"Sociodrama has been defined as a deep action method dealing with intergroup relations and collective ideologies. The true subject of a sociodrama is the group. The concept underlying this approach is the recognition that man is a role player, that every individual is characterized by a certain range of roles which dominate his behavior and that every culture is characterized by a certain set of roles which it imposes with a varying degree of success upon its members." - J.L.Moreno


Sociodrama is a method by which a group of individuals select and spontaneously enact a specific social situation common to their experience. In doing this, Sociodrama can provide an action forum for resolving conflicts among people with different views. It is also effective in clarifying values, developing social skills, solving problems, diagnosing an organization, developing and rehearsing action plans or improving personal effectiveness and awareness. Sociodrama groups may take several approaches to working with their shared experiences. They may work on problem-solving, developing deeper understanding, making decisions or learning new roles.



  • Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed describes an action method promoting social and culture change. Through Theatre of the Oppressed, we can better understand ourselves, our communities and our world. Created by Augusto Boal

In order to understand the Theatre of the Oppressed, one must keep in mind its main objective:

“to change the people --- ‘spectators,’ passive beings in the theatrical phenomenon ---                                                                                                        into subjects, into actors, transformers of the dramatic action.”


The Theatre of the Oppressed focuses on the action itself: the spectator delegates no power to the character (or actor) either to act or to think in his place; on the contrary, he himself assumes the protagonist role, changes the dramatic action, tries out solutions, discusses plans for change --- in short, trains himself for real action.

The plan for transforming the spectator into actor can be systemized in four stages:

First stage:  Knowing the body: a series of exercises by which one gets to know one’s body, its limitations and possibilities, its social distortions and possibilities of rehabilitation.

Second stage: Making the body expressive: a series of games by which one begins to express one’s self through the body, abandoning other, more common and habitual forms of expression.

Third stage:  The theater as language: one begins to practice theater as a language that is living and present, not as a finished product displaying images from the past:

First degree: Simultaneous dramaturgy: the spectators “write”  simultaneously with the acting of the actors;

Second degree: Image theatre: the spectators intervene directly, “speaking” through images make with the actors’ bodies;

Third degree: Forum theatre: the spectators intervene directly in he dramatic action and act.

Fourth stage:  The theatre as discourse: simple forms in which the spectator-actor creates “spectacles” according to his need to discuss certain themes or to rehearse certain actions. 



  • Pillars of Safety

In a workshop where Forum Theatre was used recently, Katrena added a layer because she thought the topic could be hurtful or sensitive to other group members. The added layer created was named "Pillars of Safety." This ended up being a nice addition and reminder as we allow the model to help the group face issues of oppression. 


During this recent experience, the group was invited to consider philosophical value systems that are true for Sociodrama. Katrena brought in two ideas to begin modeling what she was looking for. The first pillar introduced was “every voice on the stage matters.” This is the central value system of Sociodrama. The second pillar introduced was “everything on the stage should be stated with kindness and respect.” 


Group members were instructed to identify other philosophies or value systems that they believed would be useful while discussing the identified topic. The four pillars that were added were: love and tenderness, acceptance, curiosity, and a circle of safety in which anybody that was not feeling safe could walk over to to gain some safety.


Group members were instructed that if they were feeling the opposite of any of these feelings, they could simply stand up and walk to that pillar, sit down with the pillar, and gain some strength from this place. Basically be in a role reversal for this different belief system as a reminder of what the method is about.


At the beginning of the sociodrama, each group member had the opportunity to choose one pillar to go to and speak about the importance of this as we entered the scene that could have sensitive material. 


One person was then asked to stay in the space for that pillar, to be the voice of this role. That person was instructed every three or four minutes to make a statement indicating the value system for that particular role. Group members were instructed that there were welcome to come over and “tag in” for that pillar at any point in the drama. 




There will be four upcoming opportunities to participate through the modalities, and the cost for each event is $40 per person. If you bring a friend, the price for both participants will be discounted to $30 each.


These events will take place on:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm



Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm




Bridging Harts Institute & Psychotherapy
203 S. Alma St. Suite #300
Allen, TX 75013
T: (972) 562 5002
Email: info@bridgingharts.com


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