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This project explores the use and efficacy of theatre for social change in educational systems and communities with significant populations of marginalized students. Questions that are investigated include, “What role can theatre for social change play in influencing society?”; “What are the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating theatre-driven education into schools and/or communities with significant populations of marginalized students?”; and “How can opportunities for theatre for social justice be more regularly included in school curriculums in an effort to make students’ voices heard?” I have read and analyzed texts from various educators and theatre practitioners, such as Augusto Boal and Bertolt Brecht, to explore these topics, while simultaneously created an annotated bibliography of my responses to each. The research culminates in the form of a reflection paper and a multi-layered curriculum for ninth and tenth graders to learn about theatre for social change and to work collaboratively to create a theatre piece of their own. This project includes traditional research (reading, analyzing, and annotating), creative interpretation (developing a curriculum), and personal reflection.
Haan, Myla, "Tools for Change: Theatre for Social Justice in Communities of Marginalized Youth" (2020). Theater Summer Fellows. 7.
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