Public Programs & Outreach

Qualities of Mercy: A Reflective Writing Workshop with Mary Hall Surface

Sunday, March 14, 2021 | 4:00pm

Discover the power of contemplative looking and reflective writing in this 75-minute online workshop. Inspired by six sculptural figures above the great altar in the Cathedral’s reredos, we will reflect on acts of compassion and moments of grace in our lives, communities and world.  These figures invite and challenge us to consider how we might serve the greater good in our common life together.  Designed for everyone, not just “writers,” the workshop embraces close looking at art and inward looking through reflective writing for personal and spiritual growth.

Mary Hall Surface is a playwright, director and teaching artist who presents writing workshops through the Smithsonian Associates, the National Gallery of Art, and museums nationwide. She is the founding instructor of the NGA’s popular Writing Salon, as featured in The Washington Post. She leads workshops for educators as a National Teaching Artist for the Kennedy Center and was a six-summer faculty member of Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom. A nine-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, including four for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, she received the 2002 Outstanding Director of a Musical for her Perseus Bayou. Her plays have been produced across the US, Europe, Japan, Taiwan and Canada, including eighteen Kennedy Center productions. She is the proud founding artistic director of DC’s Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival, where she curated over 600 all-arts performances and events from 2009–2015.

Advanced registration is required; registration closes at noon ET on March 14.

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    • March 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm