Documentary Theatre Intensive for Educators

Documentary Theatre Intensive for Educators

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A virtual, hands-on workshop series for theater teachers interested in devising documentary theater in educational and community settings.

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Please note that the course runs for six Saturdays on the following dates and participants need to commit to all six dates in order to register (no drop-ins):

  • Saturday, September 24th 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 1st 10:30 am - 1:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, October 15th 10:30 am - 1:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, October 22nd 10:30 am - 1:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, October 29th 10:30 am - 1:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, November 5th 10:30 am - 1:30 pm ET

This hands-on course invites participants to explore how documentary theatre can be used to empower students in classrooms and community settings, allowing the work to spring from and speak to the issues that matter most to them. Over the course of six Saturdays (please note that there is no class on Saturday, October 8th), participants will get the opportunity to learn the basics of the genre and have the opportunity to personally conduct interviews and compose monologues, scenes, and theatrical moments, both individually and with small groups to experiment with the form.

Over the course of the mini-semester, and building on the work of artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, José Casas, the Tectonic Theater Project, The Civilians, UNIVERSES, and Ping Chong and Company, you will be guided in the exploration of a group topic through discussion, interviews, research, drama games, and writing activities, all of which can be taken into the classroom or community and used with students in middle school and older.

Now, more than ever, there are stories that need to be told, and as educators, you have the opportunity to empower your students to share the experiences that are uniquely theirs, and that the world very much needs to hear. Please join us for the chance to learn, create, gather and connect with fellow educators!

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