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This page features publications by TASC members.
If you have a publication that you would like to post to this page, email Liz Foster-Shaner ( and include the publication info as well as a short abstract.

Sheila Kerrigan, The Performer's Guide to the Collaborative Process. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 2001. Print.
This book demystifies the collaborative creative process and gives you simple tools to create original performance happily and efficiently. Part I starts with generating ideas for a piece; and walks you through researching, creating, and shaping material. Part II, about group dynamics, shows how to build safety and trust, share power and make decisions openly, and communicate skillfully using constructive critiques and peaceful conflict resolution. Teachers and professors of Dance, Theatre, Community-Based Performance, and Devising Performance use this book as a foundation for their courses.


Snyder-Young, Dani. "Rehearsals for Revolution? Theatre of the Oppressed, Dominant Discourses, Democratic Tensions.” Research in Drama Education 16.1 (2011): 29-54. Print.

This article focuses on the applied theatre facilitator, asking the questions, "How can participatory theatre work intended to disrupt problematic discourses morph to reinforce hegemonic narratives?” and "Where are the tensions between honoring participants’ points of view and opening up spaces for critical thinking about problematic assumptions?”


Snyder-Young, Dani. "Stop Staring, Start Seeing: Housed Spectatorship of Homeless Performers." Theatre Research International. (in press)

This article analyzes housed spectators' reactions to a community-based performance created by homeless artists and examines why different interpretive communities respond differently to the same staged moments.

Plourde, Cathy; Brodie, Meghan; Glass, Sophia; Malenfant, Micah; and, Raviv, Emmy, eds. Out & Allied: An Anthology of Performance Pieces Written by LGBTQ Youth and Allies. Portland, ME: addverb Publications, 2011.

This 220 page volume holds 34-performance pieces (royalty free), interviews with youth advocates and queer youth theatre directors, and a handbook on producing, writing, leadership, and general encouragement for using theatre for community building.


Trauth, Suzanne M. and Brenner, Lisa S., eds. Katrina on Stage: Five Plays. US: Northwestern University Press, 2011. Book.

This anthology is a collection of plays that focus on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Collectively, they track the storm and its effects on the residents of New Orleans (whether they end up on the roof surrounded by water, struggle with racial and class tensions in the city, or move to a new state). The scripts have been chosen for their high artistic quality, as well as their varying perspectives. The styles of the plays run the gamut from highly theatrical to intimately real. They are darkly humorous and poignantly moving. Includes interviews with playwrights and resources to support New Orleans. Proceeds also benefit the Porch Seventh Ward Cultural Center in New Orleans.


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