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  •  January 7, 2023 - February 11, 2023
     11:00 am - 2:30 pm
We stand in support of Ukraine and our Russian colleagues who stand with us. A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting funding, shelter and emergency resources for artists affected by the war in Ukraine.

The Engaging an Audience: Bridging Narrative Practice and Applied Theatre Consultation Group

with Masha Tiunova  & Co-Host Elena Baskina

This consultation group will be beneficial for practitioners who are trying to support communities and individuals to enrich their narratives through performing arts. Contemporary theatre shows an increased interest in personal stories, while the narrative community might be interested in the means to embody and celebrate participants/clients preferred identities.
  • We will build on Masha’s narrative and applied theatre work including working with young refugees and asylum seekers, queer community and her own drag practice in London, as well as academic research on working with personal stories that she carried out through her Masters in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
  • Elena’s therapeutical work with women who experienced trauma, people affected by war and her vast experience of working with metaphors will form the foundation for applying theatre to therapy and community work.
  • Next to the practical learnings and academic writings that Masha developed during the MA at Royal Central School, the group will explore the Drama Spiral tool of creating safe practice while ‘Staging the Personal’ (authored by Clark Baim, President of the British Psychodrama association and the founder and first director of the British Geese theatre focusing on criminal justice interventions). Clark provided a special interview for our group.

 We will meet  for 6 weeks beginning January 7 2023 (1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4 & 2/11).   8am  in Los Angeles, 11 am in New York/Santiago, 4 pm in London. The fee is $350 for 6 sessions. We offer discounts for students, people working within war and post-war contexts, and groups of three or more.


Both Masha and Elena have been members of Re-Authoring Teaching faculty since 2017. In 2017 in Moscow they collaborated on devising and facilitating a support group for people whose families suffered from repressions. In 2020 they launched Reconnect project to support people and communities in times of isolation. They are currently developing group and personal formats for people who are facing new challenges and hardships in the face of global conflicts and raising social and political issues.

Masha Tiunova is an Applied Theatre and narrative practitioner who is finishing her MA at the Royal School of Speech and Drama, London. Her research focuses on staging personal narratives including her thesis on drag as a methodology for performing personal stories. She is performing as a drag king of Russian origin, is artistically directing drag scenes in a queer Asian play and is working with young refugees and asylum seekers theatre companies in London.

Elena Baskina is a narrative practitioner from Russia now living in New York City with over ten years of experience in therapy, education, and community work. An expert in working with trauma, she is in active conversation with clients in Ukraine, Russia and other countries.