REHEARSAL FOR LIFE: USING IMPROVISATION AND STORYTELLING TO DEAL WITH CONFLICT
This workshop uses the techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed to explore alternate ways of dealing with conflict through role-play, improvisation and group problem solving. Students share their own stories of witnessing, enacting or suffering from bullying. We then use them as actors to re-create these stories simply and succinctly. As other students witness these scenes we ask them for solutions where conflict could have been avoided and then take those observations and implement them into the scene asking them to perform their solution. This "rehearsal for life" exercise allows students to not only witness but participate in active problem solving
Jennifer Fawcett is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre. She is the winner of the NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre, the NEFA National Theatre Project Award (with Working Group Theatre), the National Science Playwriting Award (KC/ACTF) and she was nominated for the 2013 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award. Her work has been developed and produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Ground Floor, the Lark (New York), Hancher Auditorium (University of Iowa), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), Available Light Theatre (Columbus), Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project (Nashville), the Source Festival (Washington, DC), and Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), among others.
Working Group Theatre
Working Group Theatre has developed a signature style of plays that blend documentary techniques with fictional storytelling and use highly theatrical staging to give voice to some of the greatest issues affecting our communities today. Working Group is the recipient of the NEFA National Theatre Project Award for Out of Bounds. Previously, their work has been awarded the National Performance Network Creation Grant, the Barrymore Award, Cincinnati Acclaim Awards, and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and listed as one of the decade’s best pieces of social theater in the Huffington Post. www.workinggrouptheatre.org