New Perspectives Workshop

Three 75-minute sessions
11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT

Fridays August 14, 21 & 28, 2020

Developed and Facilitated by Wayne Harris

A MarshStream Zoom Webinar

Greetings and Salutations! I am so glad that you have agreed to participate in the “New Perspectives” workshop. I believe that this experience will be a revealing, enlightening and engaging process to examine old patterns while cultivating new skills and perspectives in a nurturing, safe energized environment.

The intent is to explore tools that recognize and address micro/macro aggressions, implicit bias, and fosters equity and belonging. This hybrid approach is based on participant’s active engagement during sessions.

Wayne Harris is an award-winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. Wayne’s plays include Mother’s Milk, which was both an homage to Wayne’s mother and a nuanced picture of St. Louis during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement. Mother’s Milk ran for 14 Weeks in San Francisco and garnered a Fringe Award at the Vancouver International Fringe Festival. In The May Day Parade, Wayne fused his love for drum and bugle corps with his personal childhood battle with polio. In 2012, Wayne was invited by the U.S. State Department to travel to the Middle East and perform his play, The Letter; Martin Luther King at the Crossroads. A gifted artist with wide ranging interests Wayne is passionate about storytelling that combines his lived experience with hopeful declarations for the future.  Wayne is currently Program Director for The Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco, CA serving underprivileged students in after-school programs and Summer Camps. In addition, Wayne travels extensively throughout the U.S. providing “Improvisation & Performance” workshops for Youth Pageantry groups (marching bands, dance teams etc.) He is currently a facilitator for an exciting and important project guiding formerly incarcerated adults in creating, producing and performing their stories.


Denise Bonfiglio, CEO Cadets Arts & Entertainment

Stephanie Weisman, Founder, Executive Director
The Marsh, San Francisco

Linsey Jackson, Head of Tech Recruiting, 

Workshop Details

1st session: Lean In

  • Set the expectation – 3-session series to include participant improv exercises, journaling, group discussions relative to diversity and inclusion through storytelling.
  • Framing our “Origin Story”
  • Participants journaling between sessions on object histories

2nd session: Lean On

  • Review Session 1 content and discuss journal entries
  • Focus on supporting diversity, identifying micro – aggressions through shared stories
  • Exploring the Science of Storytelling
  • Participants journaling/ crafting our stories

3rd session: Lean With

  • Review Session 2 content and discuss journal entries
  • Case studies of implicit bias, benefits of change in perception, and ways to identify & adopt more inclusive practices in your work environment.
  • Discussion: Optimizing for Diversity
  • Participants journaling


·       Find a comfortable area to view, that allows for standing and outstretched arms. (please no couches or beds)

·       Utilize a laptop or tablet , they are preferable to your phone.

·       Have Paper and Pencil handy. A Journal is preferable.