***Workshop culminates in a showcase at 5pm on the same day***
Jamie Campbell has learned first-hand how telling your own harrowing story can make an impact on both storyteller and audience. It took him over 25 years to tell the story of being kidnapped as an 11 year-old, and it turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. After the overwhelming reaction he received from his one man show, The Devil on the Wall or, That Time I Got Kidnapped, he wanted to give the same experience to others. He created Take The Power Back — a workshop for anyone with a story to tell — from professional performers to those who have never spoken in public.
Moments of trauma, embarrassment, and vulnerability are the most difficult to tell, but are also have the greatest payoff. Take the Power Back is designed to help students tell stories they never thought they could — in a way that makes an impact on everyone in the room. Relating your own harrowing memories can be empowering, uplifting, and enable the audience to connect to you in a deep, meaningful way.
Students will workshop their stories in a judgment-free environment designed to help them relate their past with distance and levity. The class culminates in a student performance, hosted by Jamie Campbell, where participants will have the opportunity to share their stories in front of a live audience and have the option to be featured on the forthcoming Take the Power Back podcast, connecting their voices to others all over who need to hear them.
About the instructor: Jamie Campbell is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. His debut stand-up album, Tell Me You’re Proud of Me, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts. In Chicago, where he began his career, he was named the city’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader. His film and television work includes appearances on NBC's Chicago Fire and Pop TV's Hollywood Darlings, as well as a stand-out performance in the indie feature Sex Ain't Love. He has shared the stage or worked on projects with countless legendary names in comedy and entertainment, including Hannibal Buress, Cameron Esposito, Oscar Isaac, Chris Redd, Scott Adsit, Ty Burrell, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Alicia Keys, and Dana Carvey.
In addition to performing, Jamie has spent the past decade teaching improvisation, stand-up, and storytelling to a wide array of students, including at-risk youth, disabled adults, Fortune 500 executives, incarcerated inmates, and victims of abuse. He currently serves on the faculty of The KC Improv Company and Comedy City, and the board of directors of the Kansas City Improv Festival.