The SFSG workshop is a guided storytelling experience for the future of narrative change, crafted to empower folks from all industries to see themselves as storytellers, and ready you to harness the power of storytelling for social good.

The SFSG workshop is a guided storytelling experience for the future of narrative change, crafted to empower folks from all industries to see themselves as storytellers, and ready you to harness the power of storytelling for social good.

Who's
at the
center?

“Everything we believe comes from a story we’ve been told.”

- Heather Mcgee, Author and Policy Advocate

Stories have dual power. They can further dismiss and erase the historically marginalized or, they can expand our worldview, broaden our belonging, and mold our actions toward profound transformation. The question is: how can you become more confident that the stories you tell are helping build a better world? Enter Storytelling for Social Good.
In this interactive workshop co-created & facilitated by Andrea Ambam (Level Forward) and Dria Brown (Broadway Advocacy Coalition), participants will embark on a high-energy guided journey filled with prompts and provocations that provide practical skills for the storytellers wondering what they can do to use their tools and expertise for maximum social good. Through creative activations, participants will learn and then apply the unique SFSG framework to generate new stories and hone existing ones with the power for impact. Ultimately, Storytelling for Social Good asks us all to consider: What is my responsibility as a culture-maker with the power to shape and tell stories? How can my messaging reshape the status quo? And most importantly, how many untold, liberatory stories emerge when we all commit to storytelling for social good?

Upcoming

Interested in bringing SFSG to your company or organization?

Learn more in the FAQ and then get in touch via our inquiry form.

Meet the facilitators

andrea ambam

Level Forward

Andrea Ambam is a performance artist and writer whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged storyteller who believes in the art’s potential for movement-building and transformative justice, Andrea puts narrative to use, creating theatrical experiences that world bend and record truth. Currently, Andrea is a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Artistic Fellow and the Programming Manager at Level Forward, where she hosts the Anthem Award-winning podcast and third space, More To Talk About. She has developed her multi-hyphenated practice as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist-In-Residence, an Artistic Fellow with Signature Theatre, a Writing As Activism Fellow with PEN America, an Artivism Fellow with Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC), an Artist-in-Residence for Anna Deavere Smith, an EmergeNYC Fellow, and as a competitive public speaker/performer where she was been awarded 10 national championships including "Top Speaker in the Nation'' three times, and gone on to debate conservative pundits on live TV.  As a performer, writer, and facilitator, she’s worked with Broadway Advocacy Coalition, Level Forward, Harlem9, Classical Theatre of Harlem, gal-dem, Abrons Arts Center, NYU Prison Education Program, NYU Verbatim Performance Lab, and others. Andrea lives in Brooklyn and holds a Master’s degree in Art & Public Policy from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

dria BROWN

BROADWAY ADVOCACY COALITION

Dria Brown is an artDoula (creative producer, facilitator, artist) from South Carolina, living and working in Lenapehoking (Brooklyn). Dria’s multi-hyphenate practices center the lush and freedom-filled possibilities that exist in a world where all Black people, and specifically Black women and femmes are centered and cared for. Dria is currently the Co-Director of Programming at the Tony award-winning arts advocacy nonprofit, Broadway Advocacy Coalition, a Theater of Change Facilitator at Columbia Law School, the Managing Producer of Britton & TheSting—a funk liberation band based in NYC and a Creative producer on a new Terence Nance project premiering at The Whitney Museum in the fall.

testimonials

“The workshop was a powerful call to action, and I was really pleased with the level of engagement from the filmmakers. I think if I could do it over, I would have found a way to get you twice as long in that space... Thank you so much for helping to deliver a meaningful experience to our 2022 filmmakers!”

Senior Programmer

Tribeca festival, 2022

“Your session with our first year cohort was filled with generosity, openness, honesty, inclusivity, inspiration, and energy. It was/is truly needed and is a real gift to our PPA students. They are reflecting on what stories they want to tell and how best to nourish our community at PPA and in the wider performing arts world.”

Executive Director

Pace University School Of performance arts

"I love the positivity, the support and delight the facilitators demonstrated so that the room felt heard, seen and cared for. The COMMITMENT STATEMENT we all co-created at the end was VERY powerful and I have re-read it many times and will continue to. A fire was not lit because I’ve had it lit but it was CERTAINLY fed and is now raging. Thank you.”

Student

Pace University School Of performance arts

organizers

Level Forward is a STORY-DRIVEN/IMPACT-MIND-ED entertainment company - a leader in narrative impact and cultural change. Level Forward’s ecosystem of storytellers, entrepreneurs, and social change-makers are dedicated to balancing artistic vision, social impact, and stakeholder return. Level Forward’s Tony-nominated, awarded, and historic stage productions include POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive, What The Constitution Means To Me, Oklahoma!, SlavePlay, and Jagged Little Pill. The Company’s Festival-winning films include The Assistant, Holler, Topside, You Resemble Me, Rebel Hearts, On The Record, and forthcoming, The Year Between, Body Parts, and The Big Payback.
Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation's pandemic of racism and police brutality, Broad-way Advocacy Coalition is a multidisciplinary organization which unites artists, legal experts and community leaders to create lasting impact on policy issues from criminal justice reform to education equity to immigration. In 2021, BAC received a Special Tony Award for providing an unparalleled platform for marginalized members of the theatre community and tools to help the theatre industry move toward a more equitable future. Via its partnership with the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, BAC has collaborated with institutions across New York City, including the New York City Council, Bronx Defenders, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.
Level Forward is a STORY-DRIVEN/IMPACT-MIND-ED entertainment company - a leader in narrative impact and cultural change. Level Forward’s ecosystem of storytellers, entrepreneurs, and social change-makers are dedicated to balancing artistic vision, social impact, and stakeholder return. Level Forward’s Tony-nominated, awarded, and historic stage productions include POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying To Keep Him Alive, What The Constitution Means To Me, Oklahoma!, SlavePlay, and Jagged Little Pill. The Company’s Festival-winning films include The Assistant, Holler, Topside, You Resemble Me, Rebel Hearts, On The Record, and forthcoming, The Year Between, Body Parts, and The Big Payback.
Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation's pandemic of racism and police brutality, Broad-way Advocacy Coalition is a multidisciplinary organization which unites artists, legal experts and community leaders to create lasting impact on policy issues from criminal justice reform to education equity to immigration. In 2021, BAC received a Special Tony Award for providing an unparalleled platform for marginalized members of the theatre community and tools to help the theatre industry move toward a more equitable future. Via its partnership with the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, BAC has collaborated with institutions across New York City, including the New York City Council, Bronx Defenders, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

Frequently
ASKED
QUESTIONS

Q: Our company/organization/group does not really identify as “storytellers”—Is this workshop right for me?
A: Absolutely. A guiding principle of the work-shop is the belief that through our simple and daily actions (or inactions) we all have the power to shape and tell stories. Whether you're in the advocacy/non-profit space, entertainment, education/universities, media, tech, or more—Storytelling for Social Good is for folks looking to ignite or embolden their social responsibility.
Q: Are your services available for special events such as programming at festivals and conferences?
A: Absolutely. The Storytelling for Social Good originated as an offering at Tribeca Film Festival 2022. Fill out the inquiry form to let us know the specifics of your event.
Q: How long is the workshop?
A: The Storytelling for Social Good workshop ranges from 90 min to 180 min, with shorter or longer customizable sessions available upon request.
Q: Can the workshop be customized to meet the needs of my organization/group?
A: Yes! The Storytelling for Social Good workshop is both original and highly adaptable. We work directly with companies/organizations/groups to address your specific needs and interests via the Storytelling for Social Good framework.
Q: What is the cost of the workshop?
A: The Storytelling for Social Good workshop ranges in cost based on the details of your request. Details that affect cost include: length of the workshop, number of participants, location, curriculum goals, and other customizable factors.
Q: Can I take this workshop as an individual?
A: Great question. We are looking forward to developing workshop opportunities for individuals who are connected to an organization/company. For now, sign up for our email list and we’ll let you know as soon as a session becomes available.
Q: More questions?
A: Feel free to email aa@levelforward.co with any additional questions or just to say hello!

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