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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, and those of the Virtues Project to assist groups to fight oppression, examine attitudes and habits, explore power and privilege, 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 action towards change. We pledge to actively support anti-racism in words and deeds!

This year has brought cancellations and new challenges. Our work with Milwaukee Public School students stopped short because of the pandemic. Memory cafes, presentation at the PTO conference, attendance at Jana Sanskriti’s Muktadhara, and the training of new young jokers were all put on hold for the same reason. Having to redesigning many hours of live, theatre-based DEI exploration into nine and a half hours on Zoom was also quite a challenge.

We have continued working as hard as we can to support anti-racist efforts and to develop TO and VP based techniques to fight oppression. Jenny continues to host Virtues Project monthly discussions on line and will begin a new series of workshops focusing on challenging white fragility and implementing anti-racist practice  in December. Mark is part of a TO and Youth group that will be co-hosting a Forum performance/collaboration event about oppression in the classroom-to-boardroom educational model with Rangbhumi: A Happy Playground from India. Mark is also editor of the PTO Journal which just published its Fall 2020 issue.

Very exciting as well is our work with the Pebble Foundation organizing a cross-cultural examination of bullying and oppression with the Basement Theatre in Moscow. Workshops are scheduled to begin in March 2021.

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, to support student-centered learning and educational reform, and to fight racism. 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 online or, in the future, 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, challenge old power relationships, envision  positive change, promote equity, and strengthen the inner resources necessary to persevere.

SUPPORT GROUP EFFORTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND FIGHT OPPRESSION by actively exploring issues of concern. Participants imagine and practice ways to improve the communities and institutions in which they live and work.

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.

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!