The International Class is the signature program of the East Side Institute. I’m so proud to have taught and coached over 100 activists, educators, counselors, theatre artists and scholars over the years, and played a part in their development as leaders in a new kind of social activism. Read what one of them has to say about the program. If it resonates, find out more. Apply. Work and play with me!
The International Class changed my life and work. How? By fostering communication, creativity, collaboration, and play – by celebrating mistakes as opportunities to learn, discover, develop. I started loving language again and discovered that words not only record what is, but create what is becoming. I met talented, playful people from around the world! Social therapeutics, the methodology created by Fred Newman and Lois Holzman, revolutionized my work and play in refugee camps and other communities. No matter what you bring ith you, the International Class will show you how to build something new with it.”
-Elena Boukouvala, performance activist and therapist organizing with refugees across Europe, founder of Play is Hope