Facilitating Feedback

Under the mentorship of John Borstel (co-author, Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process), and alongside Dance Exchange artists, I am a practitioner of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process. Through my time with Dance Exchange, and since, I have facilitated the four-step formal process in a variety of settings: from community arts gatherings to university seminars, and anywhere between one 2-hour engagement to a multi-day process. I have trained other artists and organizers in facilitation, and worked on adaptations and variations of the steps and values within the Process.

I have also used my skills as a facilitator, and with inspiration from Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, to facilitate feedback forums that were specific to the communities and content within which I was working- like with Brown University’s Theatre Arts and Performance Studies department. I was invited to participate in the Pilot Program of the Critical Response Process Certification Program, and will be working towards certification in the inaugural cohort.

To inquire about engaging me as a facilitator of feedback, whether it’s facilitating feedback on specific work or animating dialogue about feedback forms, email me at mhcumbie@gmail.com.

Photo by Ben Carver, featuring Matthew facilitating at a Dance Exchange Institute. Courtesy of Dance Exchange.