Our work is a subset of applied theatre. Applied theatre occurs in non-traditional settings such as schools, libraries, recreation centers, etc. It is facilitated by professional actors/teaching artists and involves people working as a community to address an issue of social concern. Applied theatre does not merely create a public performance, it interacts with its audience through questions and discussion that focus on relevant issues in their lives.
OUR PROVEN METHODS
Our techniques are rooted in the best practices and proven methods of renowned theatre directors, authors, and activists Augusto Boal, and Michael Rohd. Our work is enhanced by the “mantle of the expert” and “teacher in role” approaches defined and developed by drama teacher and academic, Dorothy Heathcote. The forum model we will use has been refined by educator and playwright, Laurie Brooks. We utilize the Scholastic Problem Solving Method as a foundation for all of our problem solving activities.
– It gives youth the opportunity to learn experientially and “rehearse” for real life ensuring greatest potential for long-term impact.
– It allows youth to engage in scenarios, dramas and conflict that are familiar and disturbing from a safe distance.
– It enables youth to watch and interact with dramatic characters as real people.
– It stimulates discovery and draws participants into rich dialogue that encourages empathy, changes in perspective, and elicits self-recognition and self-confidence.
– It exposes youth to critical thinking and problem solving skills they can use in their daily lives.
Listens deeply and comes from a place of curiosity.
Seeks to understand humanity by investigating intrinsic motivation and root cause.
Amplifies the voices of the oppressed.
Creates physical and emotional environments that inspire dialogue.
Provides the “freedom to fail” – to make a bold choice, revise, and come back stronger.
Collaborates with artists and non arts organizations.
Reflects both the beauty and complexity of society to open minds and hearts.
Develops a physical,visual, and emotional memory in participants to support intellectual concepts.
…is Social Change. Change is inevitable and without it life/humanity stops…our theatre is a fight for survival.