Who came up with this idea?
It is a programme developed by Konstantin Kozhevnikov, Theatre. doc actor, and Studiya Istoriy producer and manager.
What is it?
Theatre. doc launched a teenage section of the Antishkola — a 'vice-versa' school. While in a standard school they teach mandatory disciplines and do not encourage spontaneous emotions, the main task of Antishkola is to teach kids to be natural, to not be shy, to not be afraid to speak frankly and to be able to listen to others with interest. At Antishkola, they have the Mysli Vsluh storytelling lab, where they teach teenagers to create stories.
What have they accomplished?
Teenagers who come to the Storytelling lab get their first experience in creative reflection. Fictional characters and in-game situations help to relax, build a dialogue, and come out into the open about oneself and one's problems. The project creates a space where teenagers feel respect, acceptance of their thoughts and peculiarities, attention and support. Participants got the opportunity to share their personal histories in the lab and, thus, to expose themselves and become more free.