This workshop course will employ participatory activities in the creation of original theatre-based encounters that enact social change and stimulate community dialogue.  Techniques pioneered by Augusto Boal and his successors will be explored in-depth and situated in the larger context of Applied Theatre and Civic Practice.  Essential to this work is an ability to identify and articulate relevant social issues which the students feel strongly about, and use those issues to create our own inquiry-based theatre.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate increased skill in the basic techniques of improvisation and performance;
  • Apply those skills to the creation of educational and applied theatre works;
  • Employ activating and image theatre techniques to generate movement and scripts;
  • Demonstrate improved critical abilities as a discerning spectator and critic of theatre;
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with an ensemble;
  • Articulate the validity of inquiry-based practices, engage in effective dialogue, and promote community improvement.


This course is designed as an introduction to the design and construction of theatrical stage costumes and makeup.