It has now been 38 years since I joined the Theatre Within Workshop and 55 years since the workshop was founded by my great teacher, Alec Rubin. The workshop changed my life in so many ways: It was where I learned to cry, no small thing for a young man. It was where I learned that my real voice is my creative voice, a vital lesson. And it was where I learned, encouraged by Alec and inspired deeply by John Lennon (who lived just down the street from our studio), to take the risk of fully expressing myself.
From the very start, Theatre Within has been about fostering consciousness and creativity. Alec believed that the essential task of the artist is to become more conscious — Carl Jung called this process “individuation” — and to share the journey along the way. The artist’s journey then is one of continual self-discovery and sharing. We become more conscious through meditation, remembering our dreams, and sharing our felt experience as we are naturally inspired to — in written or spoken word, music, movement, or the visuals arts.
We are committed to keeping this vital healing work alive and offering it at no cost through non-profits that reach underserved communities. We are especially humbled by our deepening association with Gilda’s Club, NYC, where we provide two ongoing workshops for those whose lives have been impacted by cancer: The John Lennon Real Love Project, a songwriting and music workshop for children who have lost a parent to the disease, and Imagine Peace, Practice Peace, a meditation workshop for cancer survivors and their family members.
Meanwhile, we continue to have a positive impact with our joyous productions. Last year’s 36th Annual John Lennon Tribute with music icon Donovan was a tremendous success, as was our “Positively Bob Dylan 75th Birthday Tribute,” from which we donated 100% of the proceeds to Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy.
Theatre Within does not reach a tremendous number of people with its workshops and events, however we have a tremendous positive impact on those we do reach.
Thanks for sharing the journey with us.
Onward, with love,