The Santa Barbara School for Performing Arts (SOPA) presents a poetic extension to its yearly programming: Poetry, Performance, and Action Workshop Series! A dynamic way for students (Grades 6th-12th) and adults (all ages) to explore their voices and amplify their confidence through writing and performing poetry. Led by, Ademola Oyewole-Davis, a recognized poet, singer, performer, and educator of 8 years, students will learn not only the history of performance poetry but also have a safe space to discover their power in their original poetry and through world-renowned poets such as Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka, Maya Angelou, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, and more! Ademola will guide them through the editing and performance process, preparing them to share their poems with their community or compete in local, regional, and possibly international poetry slam competitions as part of a team! Be it through competing or simply sharing their thoughts, ideas, and authentic voices, this interdisciplinary program is sure to inspire and empower!
Participants will learn the history of performance poetry and poetic storytelling while having a chance to create their own work in a safe and supportive environment.
Participants will learn the basics OF performance while incorporating their own personal authentic voice to their poetry, stories, ideas, and opinions. They will be inspired by great performers in history and build from their legacy.
The best way to keep a gift is to share it. Through community programming, SOPA will host a regular showcase as an opportunity for participants to perform their works with their peers, community members and families! We also will have opportunties to perform and compete outside of Santa Barbara County
Meet Your Facilitators!
SOPA Faculty - Ademola Oyewole-Davis
SOPA Faculty - Tayllor Johnson
If you're interested in learning more and bringing this program to your school or community, please fill out the contact form below!