Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community / Edition 1

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Applied theatre is both a term and a movement that's gathering momentum. The movement springs from the desire to change or transform human behavior through the medium of theatre. In this book, Philip Taylor offers strategies for using theatre to raise awareness, propose alternatives, provide healing, and implement community change. As he demonstrates, applied theatre teaches us to teach others, helps communities deal with issues, and gives voice to the views of the silent and the marginal. In numerous examples, Taylor shows exactly how the theatrical art form is being harnessed to help communities question aspects of who they are and what they aspire to be.
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Editorial Reviews

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“I am convinced that the book Applied Theatre - like applied theatre itself - can unleash us from our constrained visions of what the arts in general, and the theatre in particular, can be, and of what they can help us become.”–Tom Barone, Arizona State University
Library Journal
Taylor (educational theater, NYU) presents theater as a "powerful educative tool" when taken out of the theatrical setting to the audiences for which it is intended. Applied theater is "participatory theatre," requiring audiences to role-play or otherwise interact with the characters in order to engage in the subject fully. Based on the idea that "theatre [can] be harnessed in nontheatrical settings to build stronger communities," applied theater has much in common with other theater movements, such as theater for development, theater in education, and theater therapy, in its emphasis on giving participants ownership of the outcome by soliciting input and interaction. It differs, however, because it does not "insist on a course of action" but rather allows participants to guide the final outcome. Each chapter of the book tackles one aspect of applied theater in its use in different communities, from schools to neighborhoods. All but the last include real-life examples of applied theater projects. Taylor's work is insightful and will be of equal interest to theater, psychology, and social work scholars.-Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325005355
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 10/14/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,409,724
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Taylor is Director of New York University's Program in Educational Theatre. His previous publications with Heinemann include Applied Theatre: Creating Transformative Encounters in the Community (2003) and Redcoats and Patriots: Reflective Practice in Drama and Social Studies (1998).
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Applied Theatre
Ch. 1 Applied Theatre as a Transformative Agent 1
Ch. 2 Implementing Applied Theatre 28
Ch. 3 The Applied Theatre Teaching Artist 53
Ch. 4 The Ethics of Applied Theatre 76
Ch. 5 Evaluating Applied Theatre 102
Works Cited 133
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