ED 816 Response to Guest: Joey Tremblay

Our guest speaker, Joey Tremblay, brought to me the opposite of what Jayden Pfeiffer did. Jayden taught us skills and ideas how to connect to our audience through play. Joey came with personal stories to connect with us. Joey says we must “draw deeply from one’s self and our life experience”. I struggle with this because I have always been told it was not appropriate to share stories that are extremely personal and painful. But when Joey said using our experiences is “how an activist tells a story” made me realize not sharing means my life experience and my future remain passive and still. Which also means I cannot inspire others through my story. I agree with Joey that we often try too much to make old plays (such as Shakespeare) become today’s stories but when instead we should simply make new plays today that reflect us. I think this idea also is a metaphor for my own personal experience. Instead of twisting and turning my past into a story by hiding all the truth, I will never truly be able to see who I am, learn from it, and move forward. I often feel my own story, like Joey’s which he created a play on, is “too personal to perform as directed and written” but I must find a way to share it. I believe I can do this through writing as I am able to express myself without having to put myself on the spotlight. And as Joey said: “I don’t know where I will go after writing this” – I feel the same about sharing my story and as well with my future thesis writing. However, I do know for sure that my “place” has and is “shaping the very landscape” of my past, present and future story/stories. It is sometimes overwhelming as what you believe you will find is often changed. Joey agreed saying that “there is this thing you try to do, but when you start to put elements together, something else emerges”. In the end, I need accept and embrace my past and my stories; learn how I can share them in order to connect to my audience (family, friends, students, colleagues, grad classmates, professors, future research partipants, and anyone who comes into my path); and allow all my stories to form connections to myself and my landscape(s), even if I had hoped and planned to mold a completely different topography for my life.

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