Tag: Scholars in Residence

Question for the Dramaturgy of the Future

By Dennis D. Gupa, PhD Student Applied Theatre | Department of Theatre University of Victoria & YPT Scholar in Residence

When the clouds become gray, the question grows intense.

I arrived here in Victoria in September of 2015 to commence my PhD in Applied Theatre and am now in my second year of study. I often ask myself, why do I study applied theatre and the Philippines in Canada? At the heart of this unresolved question, I continue to wrestle with the perennial experience of cultural translation while thinking of climate justice, indigenous ways of knowing and ethical artistic explorations. By reading the works of theatre scholars like James Thompson (performance affects), Peter O’Connor (public performed resistance), Jan Cohen-Cruz (engaged performance), and Jill Dolan (performance utopia) I sense an opportunity to contribute to the future of applied theatre, especially in sites of indigenous oppression. Continue reading

Youth Artists for Justice: Initial Boston Workshops a Success!

By Rachel Rhoades

[Youth Artists for Justice is a 15-week program that combines performing arts and community activism with youth participants at both Young People’s Theatre and the Teen Leadership Council in Boston. In this hybrid/online community-based action research project, youth at each site will have the chance to collaborate in creating original artistic work and critiquing barriers to social justice.]

The Youth Artists for Justice research project has officially begun. I am on the plane from Boston to Toronto after conducting two workshops at the Boch Center with the Teen Leadership Council, which is made up of 18 high schoolers from all throughout Boston.

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