Exploring The Boundaries Of Applied Theatre Conference Is June 27-29

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Salvation Army of Chattanooga’s Corps 614’s ReCreate Café will host Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre June 27-29, in partnership with the Applied Theatre Center based in Greenville, SC. 

Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre will consist of hands-on training that will introduce participants to the emerging field of Applied Theatre. It is open to individuals with theatrical training and experience as well as those without formal training but who are interested in using theatrical practices to serve individuals or groups in their communities. 

Applied Theatre helps people understand their problems and rehearse solutions by addressing personal, psychological or spiritual needs, as well as social or political concerns shared by a group of people. The wide variety of Applied Theatre techniques will be introduced in the conference but the overview will allow participants to consider exploring Applied Theatre further. This conference will focus on two specific forms of Applied Theatre which are used widely around the world and have many applications in marginalized communities: Forum Theatre and Playback Theatre. 

The conference will also explore the Playback Café in S.C., which aims at building community and bringing healing to homeless people, people in recovery programs, and people who are victims of abuse.  

“I’m excited to learn more about Playback Café," said Tenika Dye, ReCreate Café artistic director.  "I hope I can bring this model to the work we are doing at The Salvation Army ReCreate Café." 

he training is facilitated by Dale Savidge, Ph.D., Applied Theatre Center executive director and chair of the Department of Theatre at North Greenville University. He is a Greenville, S.C.-based theatre director, educator and entrepreneur.  Dr. Savidge holds a PhD in English and Theatre from the University of South Carolina. He is also the executive director of Christians in Theatre Arts, a non-profit networking organization. 

There are a variety of registration options for adults and full time students ranging in cost from $50-$85. Registration includes meals, snacks, beverages and materials. On-site registration will be available if the conference is not at capacity. To register go to www.appliedtheatrecenter.org

For more information or if a business is interested in providing scholarships for clients of The Salvation Army 614 Corps to participate in Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre, contact Ms. Dye at 305-6208 or by email to tenika_dye@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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