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2 Offerings from Advocacy Committee Featured at Conference 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014  
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The Advocacy Committee is pleased to present two events at this year's conference to highlight advocacy as an artistic tool and way to interrogate our own work.

Creating and Sustaining Interactive Socially Engaged Theatre

The Theatre and Social Change Focus Group and the Interactive Theatre Sub-Committee of the Advocacy Committee will present a pre-conference titled "Creating and Sustaining Interactive and Socially Engaged Theatre" on July 22 and 23. The keynote facilitator will be Michael Rohd.

A talented and accomplished group of presenters lead the event. Presenters include Daniel Banks of DNA Works, Petra Kuppers of the University of Michigan and The Olimpias, Katie Dawson of UT Austin and the Drama For Schools Program, Reid Davis and his students of Saint Mary’s College of California, Margarita Espada of Stonybrook University and Teatro Yerbabruja, Michael Wilson of the CUNY SPS M.A. in Applied Theatre and Man Question, mime and educator Bill Bowers, and Borderlands Theatre. More will be announced. Michael Rohd will frame and facilitate the experience and will also present on his work with Sojourn Theatre and Center for Performance and Civic Practice.

Each participant will identify a real-world project to focus on and develop as a through-line over the course of the pre-conference. The project may be new or may already exist. Sessions will address partnership development, developing missions, theatrical approaches to building consensus and solving problems, creative approaches to assessment, and topics of the presenters’ choice.

Participants will leave with new specific actions to take on their projects, and new, refreshed approaches, inspiration, and community.

Registration for this special pre-conference is coming soon. Questions? Contact pre-conference chair Michael Wilson at the CUNY SPS M.A. in Applied Theatre: or 212.652.2820.

The Grand Canyon State: Engaging with Place at ATHE

Inspired by 2012’s conference on advocacy, the Advocacy Committee will sponsor a curated series of performances and interventions. The series is titled "The Grand Canyon State: Engaging with Place at ATHE."

While Arizona is a state of incredible beauty, natural wonder, and rigorous intellectual and scientific research, it is also the state of SB 1070, Joe Arpaio, and some of the most restrictive abortion laws and lax gun regulations. What does it signify for ATHE to bring the conference to Arizona? What communities do we join? What do we condone by attending? How can we influence the culture politics, and environment once we are there?

Embracing our discipline’s blend of praxis and theory, “The Grand Canyon State” will ask ATHE committees, members, and focus groups to create performances that engage with aesthetics, histories, and ethics of attending a conference in Arizona. The performances will be integrated into the conference proceedings, woven in as happenings, interventions, protests, or invisible theatre; designed to be performed in the interstices of the conference experience - in hallways, book displays, courtyards, etc. - as an engagement with the politics of living, working, and moving through the everyday. All performances should be inspired by performance as advocacy.

The Advocacy Committee invites focus groups and committees to represent, create, or sponsor their own performances, which will occur throughout the conference. Individuals and self-organized groups are also invited to propose performances.

Proposals of 250 words or less should be emailed to Steve Luber ( by May 31. Steve may also be contacted with questions or concerns.

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