Thursday, April 22, 2010

Transform Society

Teaching Artists with a mission to work for positive social change might be interested to know that NYU's upcoming conference on applied theater starts tomorrow.

Full details and links are below:

NYU Forum on Citizenship and Applied Theatre


April 23-25, 2010

About the conference:

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


Pre-Conference Event
Friday, 4/23
12:00-2:00 Tactical Culture Workshop
A workshop and discussion led by Gallatin Professor Stephen Duncombe
and UC Davis Professor Lawrence Bogad with members of the Eyebeam
Center for Art and Technology's College of Tactical Culture on how to
effectively develop ideas and strategies for creative activism.
Co-sponsored by Gallatin's Community Learning Initiative.Co-sponsored by Gallatin’s Community Learning Initiative.

4:00-5:30 Gallatin Arts Festival 2010
"Chaos and Order: Art as Survival". Anticipate and Incorporate! Surprise and Symbolism in Tactical Performance ~ A talk by Professor Larry Bogad, UC Davis
A presentation and exploration of the theory and practice of guerrilla theater, media interventions, creative disruptions and pranks. What is the role of imagination and creativity in the organization of social movement campaigns?

Location: Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts, Gallatin School, 1 Washington Place - free and open to public. Visit for more information. 
Friday April 23, 2010
6:30 PM: Forum Registration
7:00 PM: Opening Remarks and Roundtable
Saturday April 24, 2010
9:30 AM: Registration Continues
10:00 AM- 11:30 AM: Keynote Panel/Plenary
11:45 AM- 1:15 PM: Presentations (Concurrent Session 1)
2:30 PM- 4:00 PM: Plenary
4:15 PM- 5:45 PM: Presentations (Concurrent Session 2)
7:00 PM- 9:00 PM CAT CLUB Get together
Sunday April 25, 2010

8:30 AM: Registration Continues
9:00 AM- 10:30 AM: Presentations (Concurrent Session 3)
10:45 AM- 12:15 PM: Presentations (Concurrent Session 4)
12:15 PM- 1:15 PM: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN
1:15 PM- 2:45 PM: Presentations (Concurrent Session 5)
3:00 PM-4:30 PM: Plenary and Closing Remarks, Frederick Loewe Theatre


Conference Participant/Presenter $150
Student/Performer ** $50
One Day Conference Participant $100
**Performers from accepted presentations of work may attend their session free of charge. If performers wish to attend any other portion of the conference they must pay the performer rate.

Contact for more information:

Dr. David Montgomery, Program in EducationalTheatre, 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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