Center for Teaching and Learning

Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project

Upcoming Event

A group of five ITPP actors performing part of a play.
GRDSCH 525/HUM 595  Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
Join us at our upcoming performance event, where we use interactive theater to advance community dialogue, practice inclusive teaching, and effect social change.

The graduate students and instructors of GRDSCH 525/HUM 595 invite you to participate in Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy. This FREE public performance is an opportunity to step up, step in, and change scenarios depicting lived experiences of institutional oppression and privilege. Themes Include: Invisible Disabilities, Racial Microaggressions, Socioeconomic Class Insecurity, and White Privilege.
Two Performances Only: Friday, February 27, & Friday, March 6, 1:30-4:15 PM, Odegaard Library (OUGL) 220.
RSVP: Complete this registration to confirm your attendance at one or both performances.  Seating is limited, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience. See the event flyer.

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Instructors Theresa Ronquillo (Center for Teaching & Learning) and Tikka Sears (Memory War Theater) co-direct the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (ITPP). This course is co-sponsored by the UW Certificate in Public Scholarship, a partnership of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at UW Bothell, the Simpson Center for the Humanities, The Graduate School, and the Center for Teaching & Learning.

Using interactive theater to promote inclusive teaching and learning

ITPP is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and Memory War Theater, a Seattle-based theater company devoted to personal and community transformation through performing arts, partnerships and education. The Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (ITPP) uses Theater of the Oppressed and other interactive theater approaches to:

  • Advance community dialogue among faculty, students, staff educators, and academic administrators about creating inclusive teaching and learning environments.
  • Generate and rehearse a variety of responses to challenging situations related to classroom and institutional climate.
  • Promote performance pedagogies (i.e., active learning and multi-modal pedagogical approaches) in educational settings.

Winter Quarter 2015: Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy

When: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30-4:20 p.m.
Where: Gerberding 100 (Center for Teaching and Learning)
Credit: 3 credit (C/NC)

Quick Link:  Time Schedule (GRDSCH is full, but there are still seats available in HUM 595B section)
Quick Link:  ITPP webpage
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Want to make positive change in classroom and institutional climate so that all of our students thrive? In this cross-disciplinary course, students build practical skills in interactive social change theater to challenge institutional oppression and promote inclusive educational environments in classroom, institutional, and community contexts. Culminates in public interactive theater performance and dialogue workshops. Graduate students from all disciplines and UW campuses are welcome. Previous theater experience not required
(This course is offered in collaboration with the Simpson Center for the Humanities)

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