Our stories heal -- mind, body and soul : pivoting to a healing-centered engagement in an applied theatre residency
Professor, author, and youth development activist Shawn Ginwright proposes the importance of healing-centered engagement (HCE) for youth in urban communities and their facilitators. His scholarship invites readers to gain a unique perspective on how as youth development professionals engage and interact with young people to bring justice and support interactions that might be healing and restorative. Ginwright’s 2022 Book Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves argues how facilitators in social justice work with youth might move toward (HCE) from four pivots: awareness, connection, vision, and presence. This MFA thesis is a qualitative case study of a teaching artist facilitation experience during aa 9-week applied theatre residency at a group home facility in central, Texas. The researcher uses reflective practitioner and autoethnographic analysis to examine coded data representing how she pivoted (in relation to all four pivots) as a facilitator throughout the entire project, Our Stories Heal.