Interactive Theatre is appearing in various forms on campuses throughout the country. With ATHE’s appointment of the Interactive Theatre Task Force under the Advocacy Committee, faculty members, practitioners, and professionals came together in the Fall of 2008 to define and describe the scope of Interactive Theatre and to identify various means of networking and information sharing to grow the field.
Interactive theatre stimulates thought, provokes dialogue and promotes change through interaction between audience and actors and among audience participants. Interactive theatre has the ability to deal with a wide variety of issues in the community and is used to work towards various goals: education, dialogue, empathy, examination of beliefs and behaviors, choice and consequence, fostering allies, and taking action, just to name a few, with an emphasis on active engagement and rehearsal for change. Interactive Theatre has no single format or methodology. At times, it draws significantly from Theatre of the Oppressed in purpose and technique, but also relies on a range of methods and strategies that include forms and aesthetics of theatre and community building. Social justice can be a common denominator of Interactive Theatre programs, and can describe the issues as well as the primary pedagogy or philosophy of a company or project.
Visit this page to access ATHE's Interactive Theatre Script Database.
Find a list of books and articles on various interactive theatre methods and practices here.
You can access an Excel file of Interactive Theatre groups here. This file is also available in a printable .pdf version.
Please review the Interactive Theatre Task Force's statement of ethics related to the use of Interactive Theatre.