Protest Plays Project has initiated an online playwright residency to encourage theatrical conversation between communities. This project is in its infancy, with our first round playwrights currently writing material as we invite theatres/theatre groups in each playwright’s community to consider presenting selected readings of short plays written for the project. Our hope is that by introducing short, brand new plays inspired by each playwright’s community, we can cultivate empathy and engage in inter-community conversations about social issues currently at play in our nation.
Let’s to do something similar on campuses across the country!
Heal the Divide On Campus: An Opportunity for Inter-Collegiate Conversation Through Theatre
Fall 2017- Part I: Brainstorming and Writing Period!
- Faculty encourage students to write a short play or monologue for this project.
- These pieces can be work-shopped and read on campus if it works for your institution. The public can be invited to see what local issues students are concerned about/asking questions about = opportunities for community and civic outreach, and an invitation to cultivate creative (and hopefully constructive) conversation within your community.
Spring 2018 – Part II: Theatrical Conversations
- Faculty and Students are able to read over shared scripts, selecting a bill (or multiple bills depending on how many readings you want to present) of material from other college campuses.
- You may also want to include pieces written by your own students in your bill
- Each Reading Series is presented with the hopes that it will create conversation around the issues explored, providing opportunities for connection and continued community exploration.
- Cultivating a conversation between theatre students, campus, community creates potential for:
- Cross collaboration between local non-profits working on social issues
- Civic engagement with city councils/community groups
- Increased learning outcomes within student populations
- Increased opportunity for interdisciplinary partnerships
- Participating faculty and students can then share their experiences with other participating campuses as an opportunity to continue the inter-collegiate conversation
Are you interested in participating or have questions?
Email Tiffany at [email protected]
Heal the Divide on CampusResource and Idea Guide HERE.
Are you a student playwright with questions about formatting?
Download the Dramatists Guild formatting guide for help.