A variety of programming is available from one time sessions open to the public to multi-day training programs. The sessions or presentations are all inter-active, but there is always permission for people simply to observe. As with every Bibliodrama, texts are selected and presented in such a way that people without an in-depth knowledge of Bible can immediately take part. This work appeals to children and to multi-generational groups.
An open session explains what Bibliodrama is and demonstrates it with a chosen text. It usually is 1 to 2 hours long.
Let us know what you want; a day long workshop, a woman’s group, work with clergy, a retreat, Bibliotherapy, The Bibliodramatic Actor, etc. See Creative Explorations page.
Peter Pitzele: Scholar-in-Residence
The usual format is an opening session (Friday night) that explains what Bibliodrama is and demonstrates it with a chosen text.
Sessions of varying lengths from one to three hours during the rest of the weekend—Saturday morning, afternoon, evening all are options as well as Sunday morning.
Texts are taken mostly from the narrative sections of the Bible.
The sessions or presentations are all inter-active, but there is always permission for people simply to observe.
Texts are selected and presented in such a way that people without an in-depth knowledge of Bible can immediately take part.
Traditional midrashim and commentaries are brought in where relevant as a way of illuminating the process of contemporary midrash.
This work appeals to children and to multi-generational groups.
Often a workshop will be scheduled for educators (1 to 3 hrs.) so that some of the basic methods of Bibliodrama can be demonstrated and acquired.
Training in Bibliodrama
The training includes the basic skills you need to have in order to conduct a Bibliodrama; Text Selection, Warm Up, En-roling, Echoing, Interviewing, De-roling and Closure. At the end of the workshop we recommend that every participant perform his own Bibliodrama under direct supervision. Training lasts 3-4 days depending on the size of the group and whether each trainee directs under supervision.
Since 2005, Peter has been using Bibliodrama as a form of story-telling, and has been making masks to assist in those performances. Masks are made with torn paper or craft materials.
Peter is available to offer these mask-performances for schools, teachers, and at community events. He has developed a curriculum in order to teach these skills to storytellers, Bibliodramatists, teachers, and artists. See more.
Explora Torah and Inter-plays
Explora Torah was developed by Peter with Elizabeth Yaari to work with Jewish communities mostly on Long Island and surrounding areas. It is now largely Elizabeth’s baby and offers a variety of experiences.
Inter-Play is the generic name for Interactive Readers Theater. These inter-plays are scripts to be performed as readings, requiring little rehearsal, no props, sets, or costumes. Each Inter-Play features a Narrator who both sets the stage for the reading and conducts spontaneous interactions with the audience. There are designated places in each script for such interactions, opportunities for the audience to take part, to comment, to question, even to role play the characters. The first part of each of the scripts is included on this site to give you an idea of style and format. IRT scripts are suited for the classroom as well as special gatherings. Scripts may be leased. Explora-Torah is available to help you perform IRT’s in your community. All interactive productions are constructed to run 1 hour.
For booking information Explora Torah