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Center for Applied Theatre

The Center for Applied Theatre uses techniques based on those developed by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, theatre director, and activist Augusto Boal, to assist groups to examine attitudes and habits, invite open dialogue, develop creativity, identify problems and actively test solutions for real life implementation. Our programs and workshops release potential in individuals while building group cohesion and promoting positive cultural change.

This year has brought new opportunities and new challenges. We are continuing to work with Milwaukee Public School students exploring culture, identity, and mutual respect in a series of “Repairing Together” workshops, and using Image Theatre to create image-based graphic storybooks about issues of concern to school age youth. Later this school year we’ll be collaborating with the Chicago-based Warehouse Project as they devise new plays.

Meanwhile, Jenny has returned to UW Milwaukee to teach Theatre and Social Change and will be on stage near the end of the summer at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. Mark has been teaching artist in residence at two schools, but in the Phys Ed arena, teaching karate. He has also begun his three year term as editor of the PTO Journal and is working with Arts @ Large to open its new community arts center as a member of the Maturing Artists Project advisory committee. And we are expecting the birth of our 4th grandchild in less than 3 years later this month!

As always, we are looking for new opportunities to serve educational institutions, NGOs, and activist groups as they develop progressive programs to transform themselves and their communities. As a 501c3 organization, we are happy to participate in grant writing to fund new projects! Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions or would like us to offer some workshops at your location.

Applied Theatre Programs…

CLARIFY OBJECTIVES, BUILD SKILLS AND REHEARSE PRACTICAL ACTION by engaging participants in interactive theatre techniques and exercises to examine issues, plan actions, and practice strategies to become active participants in transformation.

DEVELOP COMMUNITY, INVITE OPEN DIALOGUE, AND FOSTER EXCHANGE OF IDEAS in a stimulating and supportive environment. Working together, participants recognize old habits, develop new responses, and envision positive change.

DEVELOP CREATIVITY while having fun doing whole-brain, whole-body activities which are designed to encourage individual initiative, self-awareness, personal accountability, and flexibility in thought and action.

EMPOWER GROUPS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS by actively exploring issues of concern. Participants imagine and practice ways to improve the communities and institutions in which they live and work.

CENTER for APPLIED THEATRE PROGRAMS transform ideas into action in ways that are challenging and supportive, entertaining and effective. CAT has worked with students, educators, administrators, worker organizations, youth groups, service associations, community centers, social justice activists, NGOs, and others to explore ways in which people can voice their concerns and become peaceful agents of meaningful change.

Let the Center for Applied Theatre design a program that fits your needs. Contact us today!