This course will look at the use of theater and performance to examine and combat institutional, social, cultural, interpersonal, and personal oppressions. We will look at the various definitions of Theater for Social Change/Community Engaged Theater by reading essays and articles about the history of such work. We will engage in discussions about the ethical and practical challenges to doing this kind of work and develop our own ethical philosophies as practitioners. We will primarily use the work of Augusto Boal, founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, to develop our own performances that respond to local (expanding out to global) issues which most interest the members of the course. The course will combine theory and practice. This is a PRACTICAL course that will involve theater games, class participation and performance.
Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.