SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER:
MERGING THEATRE & HUMAN RIGHTS
Theatre has a direct link to social change. Many plays of the past have addressed social justice issues as a means of communication. One example is Ariel Dorfman’s play Voices from Beyond the Dark; Speak Truth to Power, a play designed for The Robert F Kennedy Human Rights organization as a tool to address human rights issues. These monologues serve as a backdrop to opening up the conversation of human rights defenders all over the world. This workshop will guide students to understand the journey of a human rights defender from oppression to speaking truth to power. Monologues written by well known human rights defenders (Ghandi, Malala) as well as everyday defenders are explored through theatrical exercises such as “ Role on Wall”, exercises from Theatre of the Oppressed, tableaux work and personal journey exploration. The culmination will be a presentation of the monologues. The goal is to inspire our students through exploring these and their own lives to become future defenders of Human Rights.
Karen Watson is an actress and a 16th year Drama Teacher with the NYC DOE. She was the NYC coordinator of programming for The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Organization and created a theater lesson for the worldwide curriculum. She has presented her workshops at colleges, teacher trainings throughout the country as well as conferences( Stage the Change,Educational Theatre Association National Conference) Karen is the recipient of the 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award for her work in theatre and human rights. Karenhas BFA from Syracuse University and a MA in Educational Theatre from City College.