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"Your LIFE STORY is the greatest gift you can give -  leaving a part of YOU in the hearts of others."

Boost your creativity BIG time and join award-winning playwright and performer Eli Hans on a unique writing and performance adventure.


This unique page-to-stage creative workshop approaches the writing and telling of your personal story as a way to not only inspire, entertain and even educate an appreciative audience, but also as a vehicle that may help you heal and even transform your own life for the better during the process. 



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Each of us has a great story to tell. We've all experienced successes and challenges that, in hindsight, helped us to become stronger, more alive and perhaps even more resilient.


It's very empowering to transform those life experiences into the art of sharing your story from the stage in a compelling, theatrical way. The process can be incredibly cathartic, liberating and, ultimately, fulfilling beyond measure.

Whether you’ve begun writing your story, solo show or memoir, are just thinking about it, or simply want to be part of a bold, new creative adventure, this delightful introductory workshop will get your momentum going in the write direction (yes, pun intended!)


All of us have an amazing story to tell. Yes, even YOU!

  • A beautiful well-lived life, filled with precious memories, joys and losses.

  • An insurmountable challenge (or several) you managed to overcome.

  • A series of unique events that might be inspiring to others.

  • A hilarious or out-of-this-world moment that changed everything for you.

  • A unique ancestry and how you and your family came to be here today.

A few words from Eli, your guide through this adventure:


"Writing and performing the award-winning, mostly solo show Out of The Blue – about my miraculous cancer healing journey - has been the highlight of my creative life, so far.


The process of developing and finally sharing it with appreciative and receptive audiences internationally, has been beyond my wildest imaginings. (Being nominated in 6 categories by Broadway World L.A.  and winning the Encore Producers' Award at The Hollywood Fringe festival wasn't bad either!) 


The experience has been so fulfilling and all-encompassing that I’m feeling called to facilitate storytelling workshops from the vantage point of using art and theatre as vehicles of personal transformation.

I hope you'll join me in this bold and exciting new adventure!"

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This creative workshop takes place both live in our studio theatre in San Miguel - or on Zoom, if you can't be there in person. It will help you get your momentum going, and actually consisntently sit down to write,  as you explore your creativity, learn to trust your instincts, tame your inner critic, and express yourself authentically.


Starting a creative project of this nature may seem daunting at first, but I promise you... with the support you'll receive from me, my incredible consort Joseph Bennett - and the wonderfully safe space that is created by our amazing participants - you will soar!


There are two 9-session workshops coming up:

October 2 - Nov 16, 2023 


January 15 - Feb 29, 2024 (A leap year!)

We meet once per week on Mondays. The final showcase and tech rehearsal is on Thursday.

Time: 11 AM SMA/Mountain time (10 AM Pacific / 1 PM  Eastern)

Writing sessions are 2 hours; performance sessions are 3 hours. 

You'll receive a detailed schedule 30-45 days before classes begin.


The 9-session workshops are divided into two sections:  WRITING and PERFORMANCE


  • You'll develop a story you will perform as a 7-8 minute theatrical scene.

  • We'll invite your creative muse to come and play through writing prompts and improv games.

  • You'll identify which moments are most appropriate to be told on stage effectively, and how.

  • We'll explore story structure and develop an outline to give your story a strong foundation.

  • You'll write your compelling short piece and refine it by the time you start rehearsals.


  • Whether or not you've ever performed on stage, you'll do a great job!

  • You'll explore how to best deliver your material and gain confidence through rehearsal.

  • You can be as creative as you want - using simple costumes and props - or keep it simple, too. 

  • You can read it, memorize it, or a combination of both. 

  • We'll explore character work to make your performance seamless and compelling to watch.


In the end, you'll perform your story in front of a small, loving and appreciative audience.

Nothing is more thrilling than that!

AND... you'll be eligible to enter the Student Showcase segment of

San Miguel's first Solo Theatre Festival in March, 2023!

EXTRA: Your performance will be video recorded for posterity. Also, all workshop sessions are recorded on Zoom and available within 24 hours.


21 hours of instruction and final performance/show;  1.5 hours of one-on-one coaching!

  • 4  2-hour sessions of writing/development

  • 3  3-hour sessions acting/performance (and polishing writing)

  • 1.5 hours of one-on-one coaching with Eli (1 hour direction - 30 minutes script support.)

  • 2 hours of tech rehearsal

  • 2 hour Final session -  Showcase Performance

  • Video of your final performance


Class limited to 8 fabulous adventurers (minimum of 4.)

NOTE: This process requires some time outside of class to refine your story and rehearse.

Additional one-on-one coaching with Eli is available if you want to take advantage of it.


If you've been looking for a meaningful and creatively fulfilling experience... this could be the most exhilarating thing you'll ever do!

And... if you LOVE this process and want to expand your story into a full solo-show, we can work together one-on-one to take your work to the next level.

* BONUS * - The first FOUR people who register will receive an additional 30-minute one-on-one coaching session with Eli during the workshop. 

About Eli Hans
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"You'll be in excellent hands. 

I am PASSIONATE about this stuff!"

(And my talented, creative husband Joseph Bennett, will join us as well!)

A true Renaissance Man, Eli is uniquely qualified to guide you through this fabulous creative process.


Here's a bit of background:

  • Award-winning playwright and actor, producer, composer, singer, improviser, and motivational personal growth workshop leader. 

  • Creator and performer of award-winning Out of The Blue. Nominated in 6 categories by Broadway World, LA!

  • Winner of the Encore Producer's Award and nominated Best Two-Person show at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

  • Trained at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting.

  • Producer/director of numerous theatrical productions and TV commercials.

Director of Educational programs at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA Artistic Director - Institute for Arts Education, SDCA ​Assistant to Director "Blood Wedding" La Jolla Playhouse ​​Assistant to Director - Blue/Orange, Old Globe Theatre ​Co-founder of The Improv People troupe in San Miguel. Acting coach, leader of dozens of acting and improv classes. ​Passionate life & creativity coach.  Co-leader of "Wondrous Writers' Writing Retreat" with Joseph Bennett ​And, most recently - TEDx Speaker. ​

Enjoy the TRAILER!

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$599 USD 
Save up to $100 now!

$50 off - early bird discount 

 $50 off - returning student


(for returning students who register early :-)


(Sign-up before the early bird deadline to qualify for the discount!

Balance Due 30 days before first class.)


Or PAY IN FULL, your choice.


First four students to register receive an additional 30-minute one-on-one coaching session.



PLEASE REGISTER NOW to save your space.

CLASS INCLUDES (live or on Zoom):

21 hours of instruction and final performance/showcase.  

1.5 hours of one-on-one coaching!

  • 4  2-hour sessions of writing/development

  • 3  3-hour sessions acting/performance (and polishing writing)

  • 1.5 hours of one-on-one coaching with Eli (1 hour direction - 30 minutes script support.)

  • 2 hours of tech rehearsal

  • 2 hour Final session -  Showcase Performance

  • Video of your final performance


Class limited to 8 fabulous adventurers (minimum of 4.)

October 2 - November 16, 2023

(Early bird discount ends July 15, 2023.)

January 15 - Feb 29, 2024

(Early bird discount ends Nov 1, 2023.)


If you need to cancel for any reason you'll receive a FULL REFUND when you let us know in writing up to 60 days BEFORE the start of the program. If you cancel after that, no refund will be given. However, you can apply your tuition towards another of our programs or one-on-one sessions, within 90 days. MINIMUM ATTENDANCE: If our minimum attendance of 4 (four) isn't met, we reserve the right to postpone or cancel the workshop. In that case you can choose to apply tuition as above, OR receive a full refund. You have absolutely nothing to lose. And everything to gain!



Can't wait to start working together!

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