Applied Theatre refers to the practice of using theatre-based techniques as tools to discover and learn, to explore issues of concern to communities, to identify problems and actively rehearse solutions, and to provoke and shape social change. The techniques offer the opportunity to develop new perspectives and imagine new approaches to issues and actions.
Center for Applied Theatre workshops offer a unique amalgam of techniques from the Theatre of the Oppressed and The Virtues Project – enhanced by additional techniques – to create a space for dialogue and exploration. They do not require any prior experience in theatre.
The process in a CAT Applied Theatre workshop is thoroughly interactive and participatory, inviting participants to re-envision their world and actively rehearse the steps they would like to take toward that vision. Habitual ways of thinking and acting are reimagined in dynamic ways. Through games, storytelling, image and play making, and active reflection participants engage in the creative processes of discovery and planning for actions to promote social justice and progressive change.