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True Body Project

History

The True Body Project was created by Stacy Sims in 2005 as an intensive summer program for teen girls. That 6-week, daily curriculum married art, writing, movement, mindfulness, activism, media literacy, gender studies, and holistic wellness and encouraged girls to deepen their own exploration of what it means to be a human in a body and to share their experiences truthfully to advocate for the wellness of self and others. The girls created a literary journal that summer and a short film. 

Over the next decade, True Body Project hosted school programs, residential camps for girls, and began to work cross-culturally with organizations in Southeast Asia, developing expertise in embodiment and somatic literacy in a cross-cultural framework. 

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The True Body Project (TBP) features Mindful Embodiment Masterclasses for those interested in Leadership Training and Mindful Embodiment Practices, or workshops so that individuals can experience this award-winning trauma-informed, social-emotional, mind-body work. 

Graduates of True Body Project programs have the opportunity to teach the curriculum to schools and organizations in their area and/or use the concepts and practices to bolster their life and work. While TBP still serves girls and women, the curriculum has been updated to be gender-neutral and has been implemented with boys and girls, men and women from K-80+. 

TBP is also designed to work across cultures and has been experienced by individuals and groups from around the world.

Community-Engaged Theater

True Body Theater brings to life the stories and experiences of all community members from different genders, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, etc. With the guidance of theater experts, choreographers, and True Body’s integrated methodology, our theatrical pieces are always grassroots, site-specific, and organic. Our process makes it easy for community organizers with little theater experience to create rich, powerful works that capture the true voices of their contributors. 

2008 Body Language: A Radical Truth
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Winner: Audience Pick of the Fringe 

2009 Body Language II: Phys Ed.
Cincinnati Fringe Festival 

2010 True Body Project, New York
Site-Specific work for Mother’s Day at the Brooklyn Museum created out of interviews with more than 200 girls and women in NY. 

2010 Body Language III: Walk in Our Shoes
Cincinnati Fringe Festival
Clifton Cultural Arts Center
Cincinnati Museum Center 

2010 Walk in Our Shoes, Los Angeles
Stacy Sims worked with Engaged Aging seniors and youth to create experiences and performances merging stories of resilience and hope. 

2019 Body Language IV: Me Too
Cincinnati Fringe

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