Activist Trainings I offer:

I am a direct action trainer for Beautiful Trouble, GreenPeace, Resist Spectra and Sane Energy Project. I have trained hundreds of people across the country for free or affordable rates because I believe everyone deserves to know their rights and how to engage in effecting real social change.

 Photo by Stacy Lanyon

Photo by Stacy Lanyon

Stand up Fight Back!- Self-Defense for Women and Non-Binary Folks:

Learn some techniques for defending yourself against an attacker, reclaim your power and own your body.  We will practice in a safe, fun environment and harness our vocal and physical strength together to be ready to kick some ass!

 
 
 
 Photo by Erik McGregor

Photo by Erik McGregor

 Photo by Erik McGregor

Photo by Erik McGregor

Site-Specific Theater as Tool for Social Change

 When activism employs art,  points of intervention can be transformed into stages to reframe the narrative and give power to the people.  The bank lobby can be a dance hall.  The LNG compressor station can be an opera house.  We cover some basic street theater techniques for drawing focus, moving as an ensemble and how to communicate meaningful narrative in simple concrete forms that will translate into political messaging at a site of injustice.  

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Direct Action

Learn  what it takes to design and carry out a direct action.  We will cover action roles, role play, Know Your Rights, Legal issues, blockade formations,  dealing with police, self-care, creative tactics and more depending on the needs of your group.

Bystander/ Upstander Intervention 

We will cover tactics to to prepare you for being an active ally in the face of discrimination.  Learn how to be an upstander with a practical and analytical workshop, exploring different situations where you can intervene to de-escalate harassment.  We will learn the 4 D's of de-escalation and practice different situations on our feet.

Feedback from workshop participants

With amazing and compassionate energy, Monica makes sure to involve participants in the material, and to communicate it in various ways to accommodate different learning styles. Her commitment to justice is deep-seated, and manifests in how she trains and works within community.
— Shay O'Reilly, Sierra Club
Very clear and positive instruction from a mission driven instructor. Deep knowledge from experience and a lifetime pursuit of creative expression. Dedication to nonviolence and justice.
— Owen Crowley, Rise and Resist
The instruction is super clear, and the engagement is spot-on!
— Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Living Theatre
The Know Your Rites tour workshop you ran in Carmel was probably the only theater thing where I felt fully included an not judged for showing up with a mobility disability. It was fun, accessible, and your leadership was thoughtful and just.
— Marrok Sedgwick
Monica’s instruction helped keep our theatre company safe, educated and prepared for using our work in activist applications. Her understanding and commitment to the betterment of the group increased not only our safety but also our willingness and ability to find consensus and make group decisions and take action collectively.
— Brad Burgess, The Living Theatre