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Exploratory Theatre Activism: Implementing Theatre Pedagogy in Educational Landscapes
by Iadevaia, Jennifer Sarah, M.A., Prescott College, 2014, 94; 10102199
Abstract (Summary)

For the purposes of this thesis, I begin with an overview of theatre for social change in the introduction and then focus on the literature review as a way to introduce authors, ideas, theory and knowledge as background for the reader. This includes anecdotal accounts, reasoning for research and methodologies for carrying out research. I look at feminist theory, community-based theatre, education for liberation and decolonizing knowledge as a basis for my continuing ideas and theories. My emphasis is how to use expressive arts theatre as a way to connect people through dialogue in communities. One of the many ways is implementing curriculum through public school venues. I use theatre techniques that have been used successfully in a variety of global communities that help aide in focusing on certain issues a community is experiencing. I conducted a Women's Theatre Workshop that consisted of an intergenerational community of women whom embarked on a journey engaging in profound material exploring issues that women face. We found that this work was powerful in a variety of ways for them, some highlighting emotional abuse, oppression and double standards as well as theatre being a tool for non-traditional therapeutic use.

Keywords: praxis, theatre, education, freedom, decolonizing, feminist, theatre for social change

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Greenblum, Ellen, Clingan, Joan
Commitee: Hammer, Zoe, Mireles, Ernesto Todd, Poole, Mary
School: Prescott College
Department: Humanities
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Performing Arts, Theater, Gender studies
Keywords: Anti-racist, Decolonizing, Feminist, Praxis, Social justice, Theatre pedagogy
Publication Number: 10102199
ISBN: 978-1-339-66013-4
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