HOW WILL YOU MAKE CHANGE?
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS = March 31ST
Students read and discuss many topics throughout the school year. Sometimes those stories stay in the past. Often, the stories relate to the present. Applied Theater Action Institute wants to use these stories to change the future.
START WITH A STORY, PLAY, OR NOVEL COVERED AT SCHOOL.
CONNECT STORIES TO ISSUES IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
CREATE A PERFORMANCE.
A performance could show how Huck Finn and Jim have a complex relationship and struggle to trust each other. Romeo and Juliet could have a love that breaks racial or economic lines. Different people could be the narrator in The Jungle for different effects. Imagine how Antigone would act differently in an age of social media. Consider how Atticus Finch would battle prejudice if he was practicing law (and raising his kids) now. The characters in the background could be the center of a different story, a story that hasn’t been told. The obstacles of money, safety, or justice could become physical presences on stage. Perhaps tragic endings could be avoided with better communication.
There is no fee to participate. This project culminates in a showcase of student work in the Spring from across Bay Area schools. Enter your project here.
For further information, sample lesson plans, and ways to incorporate the project in your middle or high school classroom, please contact our Education Liaison, Megan Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org