Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Theater for Social Change Panel Presentation

In the traditional theater context, plays are presented on a stage for audience members to watch. While this is still widely practiced today, there are many new interpretations of theater's relationship to the audience and ability to not just present to, but also involve its spectators. Theater for Social Change has a variety of different approaches, from the "Theater of the Oppressed" technique created by Augusto Boal, to street theater aimed at bringing theater into public spaces, to participatory theater which aims at involving its audience in the performances, to name a few.

The Theater for Social Change Panel hosted by the DIG will feature several local theater practitioners whose work reflects the concepts of creating theater for social change. Presenters include Jessica 'Decky' Alexander from EMU, Shaun Nethercott from Matrix Theatre in Detroit, and William 'Buzz' Alexander, Jeffrey Steiger and Katherine Mendeloff from the University of Michigan.

Please join us for this exciting event on Friday, March 11 from 1-4pm. The panel will take place in room 3222 Angell Hall, in the English Department. Panelists will present their individual work, with a group discussion to follow. Food will be served.

Please RSVP to Emilia Javanica at: emaurine@umich.edu.

Thank you!