The course THTR 281 Theater for Social Justice invites and welcomes students from all disciplines to engage in an interdisciplinary environment for the exploration of theatrical tools used for social justice.
The course asks the question, how can theater represent and generate social and political transformation? Students will investigate this question through a process of creating social change on issues of importance to them in their own lives.
The course emphasizes student collaboration and addresses issues of power, privilege, social identity, and structures of oppression utilizing Applied Theatre models.
Students will be introduced to the political, cultural, and historical contexts of contemporary movements for social change and to key theoretical frameworks with which to analyze and create performance.
Students will apply theatrical tools for creative and nonviolent action for social justice through seminar discussions, games, exercises, community performance projects, intergroup dialogue, and identity awareness activities.
THTR 281 Theater for Social Justice (CRN 23263)Tuesdays/Thursdays12:30–1:45 p.m.
Rachel DeSoto JacksonAssistant Professor of Applied Theatrejackson@iup.edu
Department of Theater and Dance