Dramatic Change is an Anti-Bullying Initiative and a joint project of AATE and TYA/USA — harnessing the power of theatre to encourage respect and community as we fight back against the harmful effects of bullying in the lives of young people. We know that theatre and its techniques allow participants the opportunity to explore, challenge and examine social issues and topics through a fictional fourth-wall, but with a real look at the life changing consequences. With our national community of playwrights, producing theatre companies, teaching artists, researchers, classroom teachers and drama specialists, our mandate is to tackle the epidemic of bullying in all its complexity, in ways that only the theatre arts can. This is the first ever joint collaboration between AATE and TYA/USA
The 2012 AATE National Conference in Lexington, KY will highlight the Dramatic Change project with an incredible one day pre-conference on August 8th. The committee received over 30 proposals for the one day event and eight companies were invited to present their inspiring work on using drama as a tool against bullying.
The pre-conference session schedule is as follows:
- Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Colorado and Mid-Atlantic Regions: Approaches to Anti-Bullying Programs in Schools presented by Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Educational Theater.
11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:
- Looking for Lilith Theatre Company’s “Choices: An Interactive Play on Cyberbullying and Suicide” presented by Looking for Lilith Theatre Company.
- No More Bullying!: Using improvisational, personal story-based theatre to empower witnesses, victims, and schools presented by Hudson River Playback Theatre.
- ACTivate: Stimulating Dialogue, Deepening Understanding, and Cultivating Respect Through Creative Drama and Theatre for Social Change presented by First Stage.
- Collaborating with Teens to Develop Theatre Utilizing the Theme of Bullies and Bullying presented by the California Institute of the Arts Community Arts Partnership.
- Addressing Teen Bullying through Theatre and Community Partnerships presented by Dallas Children’s Theater.
- Face: A play taking place online and in physical reality. Episode I: Ethnography of a Suicide presented by the Modern Muse Theatre and Regis University.
Each presenter was invited to blog about their project here and will be posted in the following days.
We will then open up this blog for other companies and teaching artists to submit blog entries about other work using drama to combat bullying. (feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about submitting your own blog around this topic.)