Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre

NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre (and DiE)
Dates: April 23-25, 2010

“To be a citizen is not to live in a society. A citizen is one who transforms society.” –Augusto Boal

About the conference:

The goal of this forum is to facilitate a dialogue on citizenship and applied theatre contexts through exploring the field of arts-based community engagement. The forum will also investigate the perceived boundaries and barriers for artist/educators committed to understanding the roles and responsibilities of citizens in both local and global communities. Questions to be interrogated include:

  • What is a citizen artist?
  • How can drama provide a forum to explore ideas of global citizenship?
  • How do we prepare future theatre artists/educators in the applied theatre?
  • How is theatre being used to rehabilitate people in prisons, health facilities, and elsewhere?
  • How do we assess participants' understanding and awareness in applied theatre work?

If you are interested in learning more about citizenship in applied theatre, come join us for this timely forum comprised of artists, educators, young people, arts organizations and institutions dedicated to improving life for all citizens.

In recent collegial events some tension seems to have been posed between the mission of IDIERI (established at GU in 1995) and the e journal ATR, established at GU around 1999. The 2010 Citizenship forum pivots on the conviction that there is no binary between applied theatre and drama education, both genres feed and inform the other, and any such division is false and ill informed.

So, we look to a good conversation at the 2010 NYU Forum on these and other matters.

Contact for more information:

Dr. David Montgomery,
Program in Educational Theatre,
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development,
New York University,
Pless Annex, Room 223,
82 Washington Square East,
New York, NY 10003



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