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Theatre and Social Change Elizabeth Bonjean

Theatre and Social Change: Does theatre have the power to change society? This course explores the innovative approaches and outcomes of theatre makers who passionately believe/d theatre can affect political, social, individual, and/or community change. We will examine twentieth to twenty-first century theatre in a global arena including Bertolt Brecht’s Epic Theatre, August Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, New Disability Theatre, and Verbatim (or Documentary) Theatre, focusing on new performance practices, theories, plays, performance spaces, and target audiences as theatre redefines and situates itself during crucial moments in history.