Playback Theatre Ensemble

Autobiographical  Therapeutic Performance

Healing the Wounds of History

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Jewish Identity and Fear In the Current Rise of Anti-Semitism: A Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy  Workshop 

Jewish Identity and Fear In the Current Rise of Anti-Semitism: A Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy  Workshop 

Healing the Wounds of History

Jewish Identity & Fear
In The Current Rise of Anti-Semitism

A Drama Therapy and Expressive Arts Therapy  Workshop    

March 26th, 2023
12:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Rockridge District-Oakland, CA.

(Exact location will be emailed to you after registration)


(Limited discount scholarships available based on need. Contact facilitators)


Masks Optional

Workshop Description

In the last several years we have witnessed a rise in anti-semitism. From the deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the violent insurrection on January 6th, 2021 to the attacks on Jewish people in reaction to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

How do we find hope, resilience and resistance in the face of these mounting assaults?

We invite members of the Jewish Community to join Armand Volkas, psychotherapist and drama therapist and Maggie Silverman, somatic movement therapist and creative arts facilitator, for an in person, half-day workshop where we will explore and process Jewish identity in the face of these disturbing developments.

Through the sharing of personal and collective stories we will deconstruct and face our fears through the transformative power of drama therapy and the expressive arts.

Join us and other Jewish identified people, in community, as we take on this painful emerging reality. 

No theatre, art or movement experience necessary.

Shy Jews welcome!

Space is limited. 

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Armand Volkas, MFT, RDT/BCTis a psychotherapist, drama therapist and theatre director. He is Clinical Director of The Living Arts Counseling Center, Associate Professor in the Drama and EXA Therapy Program at California Institute of Integral Studies, Artistic Director, Living Arts Playback Theatre Ensemble, Founder and Director, Healing the Wounds of History: Center for Peacebuilding and the Arts. Armand works internationally and driven by his legacy as the son of resistance fighters and survivors of Auschwitz, has developed innovative programs using drama therapy and the arts for social change, intercultural conflict transformation and healing generational and collective trauma.

Maggie Silverman RSME/RSDE, is a Registered Somatic Movement and Dance Educator and Certified Tamalpa Life/Art Practitioner. She is the founder of The Talking Body, working with groups and individuals utilizing a wide variety of therapeutic somatic movement, dance, expressive arts and drama techniques. Her workshops and classes have been taught at universities and organizations throughout the United States and around the world.  Maggie is a visual artist, director and producer of video and public art projects. Her work focuses on Identity, Community and Belonging. Maggie identifies as Jewish American.


Facilitator Contact Information:

Armand Volkas
(510) 595-5500, Ext 11

Maggie Silverman
(510) 329-0487