Center for Teaching and Learning

Theater for Change events

Interactive workshops with performance

Performance based workshops include an original play performed by TfC UW ensemble members. Workshop participants practice role-playing and interventions to generate and rehearse responses to problematic situations. 

2016-2018 Performances

  • Women in Chemical Engineering, February 8, 2018
    An event sponsored by the American Chemical Society to encourage inclusive leadership among undergraduate and graduate student officers of Women in Chemical Engineering through interactive theater, dialogue, and reflection.
  • Chemistry Department, September 22, 2017
    Interactive theater workshop engaging incoming graduate level TAs as part of their orientation and onboarding. The workshop and play focuses on problematic classroom situations and provides opportunity for TAs to practice interventions.
  • School of Nursing (Part 2), May 16, 2017
    Interactive theater workshop engaging faculty and staff of the School of Nursing and providing opportunity to practice interventions.
  • School of Medicine, April 25, 2017
    Interactive theater workshop with two plays engaging faculty of the School of Medicine and providing opportunity to practice interventions.
  • Graduate School, March 3, 2017
    Interactive theater workshop with two plays facilitated for the Graduate School staff All Hands Meeting.
  • The Evans School of Public Affairs, February 8, 2017
    Interactive theater workshop engaging faculty, the Dean and the Associate Dean of the Evans School.
  • TfC UW and The Graduate School, February 28, 2017
    Community performance as a cumulation of the GRDSCH 525 class experience and learning.
  • Chemistry Department, September 23, 2016
    Interactive theater workshop engaging incoming graduate level Chemistry TA’s on problematic classroom situations and providing opportunity to practice interventions.
  • UW Deans and Chancellors, August 31, 2016
    A workshop for the UW deans and chancellors created to facilitate interventions of challenging real-life experiences and situations.

Interactive workshops

This workshop type involves a customized selection of interactive and embodied Theatre of the Oppressed activities followed by facilitated debrief and dialogue to raise consciousness on positionality, intersectionality, and oppression as it relates to the UW context.

2016-2018 Workshops

  • GRDSCH 515 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Frameworks and Practices,
    April 4, 2018
    Introductory workshop engaging students in embodied exercises to encourage incorporation of arts-based practice and styles of teaching.
  • Simpson Center for the Humanities Mellon Fellows, February 2, 2018
    Interactive workshop to practice embodied pedagogies and facilitate dialogue among six Mellon Fellows Graduate Students.
  • GRDSCH 515 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Frameworks and Practices, April 5, 2017
    Introductory workshop engaging students in embodied exercises to encourage incorporation of arts-based practice and styles of teaching.
  • The Evans School (Part 1), February 8, 2017
    Facilitated conversation around challenging situations in the classroom to generate ideas for interactive frameworks for Part 2 of the workshop series.
  • School of Nursing (Part 1), December 13, 2016
    Facilitated conversation for faculty and staff addressing challenging situations in the classroom to generate ideas for interactive frameworks for Part 2 of the workshop series.

Classes

TfC UW has developed the GRDSCH 525 course and curriculum which serves as an introduction to concepts of Theatre of the Oppressed and various other interactive, arts-based pedagogy practices.

Theater for Change actors“I think we have a level of trust that is unique. Doing this type of works requires trust, compassion, commitment, empathy, and most importantly, reciprocity..the plays allow us to tap into something deeper as individuals and a collective..We work through conflict. We make changes.”

-Elba Moise, College of Education PHD Student

2015-2018 Classes

  • GRDSCH 525 – Acting Up: Teaching Theater for Change
    Winter quarter 2018 
    T/TH 1:30-3:20 p.m., GLD 435, 2 credits (CR/NC), sln# 23638
    Want to make positive change in classroom and institutional climates so that all of our students thrive? Join this cross-disciplinary course, to build practical skills in Theatre of the Oppressed, social change theater and other arts-based pedagogies to promote inclusive educational environments in classroom, institutional, and community contexts. We will practice using the language and methods of theater to challenge institutional oppression, advance community dialogue about power and privilege, and create opportunities for collective problem-solving.
    UW Autumn Qtr Time Schedule
  • GRDSCH 525 Acting Up: Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
    Winter quarter 2017 and winter quarter 2015

    Graduate level class open to all graduate students introducing the foundations of Theatre of the Oppressed and other arts-based pedagogies.

Trainings

Trainings are created to build the capacity and to serve the needs and work of TfC UW. Curriculums are created and facilitated by TfC UW directors.

2017-2018 Trainings

  • Joker Training, autumn quarter 2017
    A seven week training for experienced TfC UW ensemble members to learn Theatre of the Oppressed Joker/facilitator skills. The training concluded with an interactive community gathering facilitated by the six member joker cohort. Training created and facilitated by Tikka Sears.
  • Ensemble Training, autumn quarter 2017
    A 6-session training in the concepts and skills of Theatre of the Oppressed ensemble exercises, acting, and playwriting; open to all graduate students. Training created and facilitated by Theresa Ronquillo and Tikka Sears.

Get involved with Theater for Change UW. Email us at tfcuw@uw.edu.

Community gatherings/professional development

Community Gatherings and Professional Development events are integral to connecting and sustaining our dedicated TfC UW community members and stakeholders. These quarterly events provide opportunities to practice Theatre of the Oppressed facilitation and acting skills. All events are facilitated by and for TfC UW community members and stakeholders.

2016-2018 Gatherings

  • Winter Community Gathering, January 30, 2018
  • Autumn Community Gathering/Joker Training Culmination, December 6, 2017
  • Community Gathering/Ensemble Performance, November 15, 2017
  • Spring Community Gathering, April 19, 2017
  • Winter Community Gathering, March 1, 2017
  • Autumn Community Gathering, December 7, 2016

Conferences

Conferences related to the work of TfC UW that staff members and community members have presented and participated in.

Recent conferences

  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference, Detroit 2017
    Re-Rooting Arts-Based Practices: Using Photovoice to Inspire Theater of the Oppressed
  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) Conference, Chicago 2015
    We Perform How We Rehearse: Cultivating Collaboration, Solidarity, and Anti-Oppression Practice within our Ensemble

 

Note: The Interactive Theater As Pedagogy Project was renamed Theater for Change UW in 2016.