offers tools for transformation.

How is this done?
Your Story Matters is based on the fundamentals of dramatic play: inter-action, collaboration, community, an interdisciplinary approach, storytelling, lateral power dynamics, hands-on learning by doing, shift in understanding, and rehearsing for real life!


CHANGEMAKING SKILLS: Over the years of my practice, together with people and organizations that experienced my work, I identified vital changemaking skills that are brought into your consciousness in the training and that require your continuous cultivation in order to complete the transformation.

  • Creativity – resourcefulness and an openness to perspectives and possibilities,
  • Awareness and critical self-reflection,
  • Clarity and purpose,
  • Empathy – the ability to attune to others, self, and group dynamics,
  • Holistic communication in a new paradigm – with heart, mind, and body in balance,
  • Authenticity, courage and trust.

This is a tall order. Let’s get to work so that you will confidently embody the change you want to see in the world.


Your Transformation will be reflected in your statements:


My vision is aligned with my practice.
I experience clarity and a sense of purpose.
I am transforming my communication and behaviour and am creating a lasting change.
I have the courage to act upon my convictions.
I see results of the positive change in my community.




Thank you and Pavla very much for facilitating such a refreshing workshop. My two takeaways: 1. Being in a safe space is the major ingredient for meaningful / authentic interpersonal exchange where one finds new openings or solutions. 2.Externalizing our inner experiences creates a healthy critical distance between ourselves and what we (thought) we experienced. I think everyone in the field of education, whether they take it further or not, should at least be aware of the content of your workshop.

Suheyla Mathews, ESL Instructor, George Brown College (2019)


My two key takeaways: 1. Co-creating learning and sharing experiences through the use of theatre, 2.Learning from each other’s perspective, experience, and knowledge. The value that the workshop added to my professional role: I can imagine my colleagues ‘voices’ or different ways of responding to situations or various ways of understanding how the ‘actors’/participants are viewing the situation. I would definitely recommend this training – very engaging, enjoyable, a great learning experience, left me wanting more.

Patricia C. Robinson, Professor, The Teaching & Learning Exchange, George Brown College (2019)


This is especially useful for dealing with conflict (in the classroom).  Conflict situations are always emotionally charged and can result in inappropriate reactions like freezing.  So, just as EMS personnel practice their tasks over and over to have them in their muscle memory and automatic, image theater prepares one to react appropriately if stressful conflict situations arise.  In addition, image theater gives the participants the opportunity to see the conflict from each person’s perspective and to brainstorm alternate (better) actions for each character.

Andrea McGilvray, ESL Instructor, George Brown College (2019)

“Our community mediators’ training on body language and power dynamics was well designed and well received. It was well worth the time invested. Thanks to Pavla Uppal for an excellent workshop!”

Lyn Adamson, Past Coordinator, St. Stephen’s Workplace and Organizational Training, Toronto (2017)

Pavla is very much flexible adapting her core work to different themes. She is also very professional with deep intuitive skills in approaching people. She shares her knowledge in a very practical and natural way.

Zuzana Ochi, Interchange4Peace, Toronto (2016)


Is Your Story Matters a fit for you?

If you are pondering some of the statements below, Your Story Matters training is for you:

  • I miss engaging with people in personable and interactive way.
  • It seems I reached a limit of what my creativity can do working in isolation.
  • I feel disconnected in my work from my vision and creative purpose.
  • Storytelling invigorates me and I think it is one of the best community building tools.
  • I want to incorporate my whole person to my work – body, mind, and soul.

Check out the variety of training capacities I offer


Methodology & Pedagogy

To learn about my methodology, which is based on applied theatre and experiential learning, visit my methodology page.



Contact Me

If you’d like to chat about Your Story Matters, or voice any questions and ideas, please contact me. I look forward to connecting with you.



For Organizations

If you are an organization ready to empower your changemakers, please CONTACT ME to discuss your customized training design and check the UPCOMING WORKSHOPS.