written and performed by Alice Aida Ayers
I spent 18 years living and working between the Americas and Africa. I hold a Bachelor of Art, and Masters in Art Education. My professional career has involved exhibiting in America, Europe, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. I have served as a resident artist in theatre, visual art, poetry, and adjunct professor in Kenya, United States and Mexico. I’ve contracted out as an artist in education since 1989, and performed residencies in over 250 schools, colleges, community centers and libraries. I’m an “arts activist”, believing that it is part of my mission to share education, skills and knowledge to evoke change. For the last ten years I’ve worked with art therapy and creative visualization methods. I have authored four books, “Tomorrow’s Garden”, “Creative Solutions Art Book”, "Chronicles of a BlackBrown Woman", “It’s Me I’m Running From”, and co-author of “Msingi Wa Sanaa”.
“Thank you for sharing your story…your trials and triumphs…your gifts. I was indeed lifted.” Kelani Campbell
“…You have changed many lives already so much! What a wonderful play! It had everything to make a manifesting difference in everyone that hears it! You have paid it forward in full! I am sooo inspired and healed by your freedom and honestly!” Aubrey Buchanan
“Do yourself a favor and GO see Alice Aida Ayers. Her show is beautiful, raw and powerful. You really don’t want to miss it!”Aaron Hussey
“Just wanted to tell you again how marvelous your performances have been.” Dr. Wayne Chapman
"It’s Me I’m Running From is the artistic expression that results from working through and healing issues many would avoid and most would certainly not share. Alice Ayers has created through vignettes of her own personal life experiences, a universal canvas through which we can see our own. The presentation is unique in that difficult, painful situations are made known while you are held, throughout, in hands that know the fruit of forgiveness and healing."
-Susan Strauss, L.C.S.W.
“Alice, I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your show. It actually touched my Heart and Mind in ways I found myself asking, "Where am I?....This place feels so familiar." Your story showed me that we All have something in common in this life, in our Journey, and most of all in our Makeup. These experiences are embedded in our Genes from our Ancestors. Where we go or where we end up was placed in our lives before we started on this Journey....we have no control. That's why our experiences should never be forgotten and untold.....to help someone else along the way. Keep up the good work because knowledge is the key for the untold.”
A friend and a Sister
Arkansas Dept. of Higher Education
"I've attended plenty of one-woman performances sort of in that vein, but hers really stands out. It was an honor to get to experience it."
Janette, Cedar Rapids, IA
A performance based on the real life journey of Alice Aida Ayers. She interprets some harrowing truths and life changing experiences. It is an honest sharing of love, creativity and gratitude for life. It will make you laugh, cry, shudder and cheer, while discovering your truth and creating your own narrative.
As a result of participating in the workshop you will leave with the ability to recognize destructive, recurring patterns of behavior, and to make choices based on intellect vs. emotion. You will be given skills to create the next phase of your life, And be empowered to begin telling or writing your own story. What kind of equipment do you have?
I am available for teaching life changing techniques based on visualizing and goal setting, facilitating private retreat sessions on creative visualization and as a motivational speaker and storyteller.
Based on eight stories from my life, I explore circumstances and lessons that shaped my life.