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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.

Mark and Jenny have been taking time “off” to prepare for two semester-long arts-integration and photo project residencies in Milwaukee Public Schools, an extended workshop with CLC staff about dismantling cultures of violence, and workshops with De Paul University students using Theatre of the Oppressed to create strategies for protecting and supporting those fighting systemic oppression, for practicing ways of standing up to individual acts of bullying, racism, and sexism, and for organizing communities to spread a culture of compassion and justice in response to the hate filled rhetoric of the last election. We are very excited to have these opportunities to take action toward progressive transformation in schools and the larger culture.

Jenny will  be teaching activist theatre-making in her newly restructured Theatre and Social Change class at UW-Milwaukee and Mark continues to serve on the Board of PTO.

We are always 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.

INVITE OPEN DIALOGUE AND 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!