The Power of Play

Jeni Brazeal

A guest post from our board secretary, Jeni Brazeal. Our fundraising campaign is still going on – visit www.indiegogo.com/rehearsingpossibilities to contribute. As I entered college, a starry-eyed and hopeful psychology major, I knew I wanted to help other people. But my first psychology class did not live up to my expectations. I couldn’t make myself pay attention to the professor lecturing to a room of 500 or study the gargantuan textbook without falling asleep. I earned a ‘D’ in that class, my first ever, and it devastated me. I felt as though I wasn’t good enough to be a psychologist or counselor. After all, I would hurt people at the rate I was going, not help them. This led me to change my major to theatre. Theatre was my home—a place where people go to feel included, to feel worth something. My first semester as a theatre major, I was … Continue reading

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Rehearsing Possibilities

Lauren and Michelle at Inside Out

Alumni Advocate Lauren Johnson explains what our program name means to her. Help Conspire continue its classes at the Travis County Correctional Complex by donating here. Doing the work that she does with Conspire, Kat often talks about rehearsing possibilities. Initially it felt a little silly and dorky however, Kat manages to show people the real life applications. During the Inside Out workshops that Conspire held there would be a theme each month. Just before the holidays, we explored our perceptions of what the upcoming events would bring in each of our lives. Using the bodies of people in our group, we would arrange people in a pose throughout the room to illustrate what a scene from our holiday typically looked like. We let everyone else in the room observe and comment on what they saw and then we explained our scene. After both groups did that, we then did … Continue reading