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"Trigger" for Change
Transcript of "Trigger" for Change
Theatre as a Tool for Social Dialogue
"[There is an] intrinsic need of the human psyche—body, mind, heart, spirit—for dialogue." -Michael Rohd
Soapboxes, the invalidation of emotions, and retreating into privilege
Arms Wide Open
Issue affects everyone, so allow everyone to have a voice, but not spread inaccurate information.
Directing and Design Choices
Multiple actors playing same character-necessity that worked
Unrealistic set-very theatrical staging
Original Project Construction
Changes Within Process
Final Event Structure
Topic prevalent in media
Rarely address emotionality
1). Afraid to trigger survivors
2). Asking attention for depressing topic
Provide emotional connection for those "without" it
Impact of live vs. recorded performance
Specific person's story which has parallels to others' stories
Every person's perception of art is colored by their human experience
Theatricality keeps audience aware that it's not real
Reference point outside oneself
Leave the emotions at the theater, but the lessons stick
Pitched idea to DHC Advisor
Faculty mentor for School of T&D
Contacted people on campus working with the issue
Define Structural Elements
text, most likely some kind of production
Keys to Success
Exact event structure
Ensemble building: Theatre games!
Do what we are asking the audience to do
Company Members' Involvement
Had members of different committment levels so that we had more people participating in the discussion
Necessary for different perspectives
Addressed need for logical reasoning through statistics
Hooked audience right from the beginning
Sex positive consent promotion
Educated, respectful discussion necessary to hear all opinions on issues
Organically developed statements
End with hope
Provide opportunities for more info
Requirements for Participation
Standing your ground
All emotions validated
All perspectives heard
Faulty assumptions stated
Passionate, responsible, dedicated company
Strong theatrical presence
Positive audience response to event construction
Strong company support network
Strong support from campus faculty
Play did not depict most common sexual assault circumstance for our community
Discussion disconnected from staged reading
On survey: How did you find out about this event?
Theatre of the Oppressed
"Cops in the head"
Rainbow of Desire
Rehearsal for Real Life
Theatre in prisons
Stage Play- theatre and autism
Games for Actors and Non-Actors-
Theatre of the Oppressed-
The Rainbow of Desire-
Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue-
The Illumination Project: Portland Community College
Words of Caution
Theatre is DIFFICULT
Strong theatrical elements must support work and message
Support system and ensemble NECESSARY
Sexual assault is undeniably emotional.
Where did this all begin?
History of Applied Theatre
Using theatre as a tool on your campus
Thank you for your time!
Questions? Comments? Concerns?
Cultural etiquette of respect within audience
Disadvantageous cultural etiquette for online videos
Desire to bring my new awareness others
Did Louis CK draw you in?
Is this an appropriate hook for a varied audience?
What do you think is the most important tool in stopping rape culture?
Key Turning Points
Nature of victim “blaming”
Understanding legal process
Close to home
Connect to our campus
Regularity of sexual assault - here and now
Not the stranger - acquaintance - everything right and still victimized
Uneducated public - esp. young women
Structures keep people down
Universal problem - affects everyone
Audience Survey Results
I am more informed about MT laws and University policies
I better understand how sexual assault affects the survivor
I felt safe to discuss my opinions in the discussion portion
I feel the discussion helped me understand issues and concepts surrounding sexual assault
I feel the theatrical performance enhanced my understanding of the issue of sexual assault
This event has affected my perspective on the issue of sexual assault
~13% strongly agreed
~53% strongly agreed
75% strongly agreed
~55% strongly agreed
~55% strongly agreed
~33% strongly agreed