Community-Engaged Theatre

Jerome Yorke has received $300 from the ELIFF grant for the procurement 6 neutral masks to aid in physical and applied theatre techniques. In this experiential learning activity, students in Yorke's THR 352 class investigated the history, methods, and practice of applied theatre in the context of the IACT GEMnasium project. Students learned how to undertake an applied theatre project with sensitivity and in an ethical manner. The created artistic work that worked to empower the audience and the performance ensemble t effect social change and awareness.

To connect this project with the local community, students initiated their projects in applied theatre with Families of Addicts, Dayton area recovery support initiative working to reduce the stigma of addiction. A goal of this project was to help the students understand applied theatre as a fraught and loaded site full of potential for community making. The students learned about key contributors to the applied theatre fields and community/civically engaged theatre. Non theatre majors drew upon advanced knowledge, values, and skills in their chosen profession or major course of study as they apply their knowledge to non-traditional theatre and performance contexts.

Applied physical theatre is a modality that uses active on your feet learning as a group and created a performance through collaboration with Families of Addicts, and the IACT GEMnasium subject material. Students were asked to prepare performance labs to show progress to others in the class as audience reflection. Using applied and physical theatre techniques through the IACT curriculum model, students will complete active and written assignments as well as a final performance for the public. 

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Phone: 937-229-3950

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College of Arts and Sciences: Theatre, Communication