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Multiracial Playback Affinity Space
March 8 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm EST
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Welcoming all multiracial people who self identify and/or are identified as ‘other’ in society in relationship to race and ethnicity. This welcoming creative space is specifically for multiracial people who may also identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Utilizing Playback Theatre this affinity space is an opportunity to connect with ones’ heritage and reflect on the joys, challenges and complexities of the multiracial experience especially as it relates to being a Playback Theatre practitioner. Though this affinity space is race focused, it also recognizes the intersection of other identities / social group memberships and the wisdom and beauty they offer.
*Please note, this workshop is not for white identified people. Check the conference schedule for white affinity space offerings. To learn more about why race based affinity space is important, check out this link: https://www.mandalaforchange.com/resources/articles/race-based-affinity-groups-why-do-them/
Zhaleh Almaee (she/they) is a multiracial momma, ritual theatre artist, social justice educator and cultural organizer of Iranian, Jewish and Irish decent. They reside on the colonized lands of the S’Klallam (Nəxwsƛ̕áy̕əm̕) and Chemakum (Čə́məq̓ əm) in the Pacific Northwest. Co Director of the Mandala Center for Change and dedicated youth advocate, Zhaleh has a clear commitment to supporting lifestyles of connection that foster a culture of possibility.
Zhaleh holds degrees in Psychology and Theatre Arts. Training also includes: Conflict Transformation, Restorative Practices, Movement Arts, Drama Therapy, Sign Language, meditation, community ritual, and breath work, to name a few. Grounded in ancestral practices and earth based traditions, Zhaleh finds great joy in nurturing curiosity and cultivating skillful witnessing.
Their theatre career began in 1987 in Philadelphia with the People’s Light Theatre Company. They have been a Playback Theatre practitioner since 2006 and Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) practitioner since 2010. Past Playback ensembles include: member of Boston’s True Story Theatre Company, Portland Playback in Oregon, and currently trainer/member with Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble in Port Townsend, Washington. Zhaleh is also an advisor to Playback North America.
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