Making Gay History: Before Stonewall

The Making Gay History: Before Stonewall cast
The Making Gay History: Before Stonewall cast poses with Eric Marcus (back row, third from left) and Joe Salvatore (back row, fourth from left) during rehearsal. (Courtesy of Eric Marcus)

A new production featuring oral histories of LGBTQ+ activism comes to the Provincetown Playhouse beginning February 28.

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Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots—those six pivotal days of unrest that dramatically accelerated the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights. But LGBTQ+ activism was alive long before that galvanizing moment in New York City.   

Making Gay History: Before Stonewall, a new production from NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program, brings those stories to the stage February 28—March 8 at the Provincetown Playhouse (133 MacDougal Street). The production gathers oral histories from activists and witnesses to history who laid the groundwork for the LGBTQ+ movement.

Creator Joe Salvatore, a clinical associate professor in Educational Theatre, adapted the production from Eric Marcus’ award-winning book Making Gay History: The Half Century Fight for Lesbian and Gay Equal Rights,which was later developed into a popular podcast of the same name. For the two editions of his 1992 book, Marcus recorded interviews with more than 100 people, including movement pioneers Barbara Gittings, Kay Lahusen, and Frank Kameny, as well as trans icons Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson.

“Many people have no idea there was a history before Stonewall,” says Marcus. “I think it will be revelatory for people attending the show to hear the inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking stories of people who lived and fought for our rights during times that were far more difficult than our own.”

Salvatore translated those histories into a script, which draws heavily on “verbatim performance”—a style of acting that reproduces a person’s speech patterns, gestures, and more—in order to bring history to life in a truly physical way.

“It is such a privilege to work with Eric Marcus and his archive,” says Salvatore. “By adapting the podcast into a verbatim documentary theatre performance, we have been able to investigate the intricacies of speech patterns and cadence of the original speakers, and our discoveries through that process have revealed new layers of understanding about these trailblazers and their experiences.”

Salvatore also cast “against type,” where possible, so that actors sometimes portray a different gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity or age than their own. “This choice allows actors to investigate the experiences that are different from their own and asks the audience to hear stories in a different way than they might have come to expect,” he says.  

“The way Joe works makes for incredibly powerful theater,” adds Marcus, who’s been attending rehearsals. “I watched the young actor who plays Wendell Sayers, the first African American attorney to work in the Colorado State Attorney General’s office back in the 1950s. Referencing my original audio tapes and using Joe’s methodology, the actor was able to embrace who Wendell was and let Wendell speak through him. It was haunting and moving to watch his transformation and to hear Wendell share his life with us as if he were there on stage.”

See the full list of dates below. Tickets are available for purchase via the NYU Box Office.

Shows
Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 29 at 3:00 p.m. (with ASL interpretation)
Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.

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Announcing Auditions for Educational Theatre’s Spring 2020 Main Stage Production

The Program in Educational Theatre announces auditions for its Spring 2020 Main Stage Production directed by Joe Salvatore:

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A new verbatim documentary theatre project adapted from the Making Gay History podcast. The project will explore LGBTQ+ history prior to the Stonewall uprising in 1969.

In Winter 2020, NYU Steinhardt’s Program in Educational Theatre will produce a verbatim documentary theatre project adapted from the Making Gay History podcast. The series draws its material from interviews conducted by journalist and author Eric Marcus in the late 1980s and early 1990s and that he published as two books: Making History (1992) and Making Gay History (2002). In 2016, Marcus was asked to turn the original audio files of his interviews into a podcast series, which resulted in the release of five seasons, a special Stonewall 50 season, and a sixth season in October 2019.

Marcus approached Joe Salvatore, Clinical Associate Professor of Educational Theatre and verbatim documentary theatre practitioner to collaborate on the creation of a live performance version of Making Gay History, requesting that the project focus on LGBTQ+ history before the Stonewall uprising in 1969. The intention is for the resulting play to be performed by high schools, colleges, and universities across the country as a way to teach LGBTQ+ history.

The project seeks actors from diverse backgrounds and experiences for an ensemble production of the play that may also include music inspired by the songs of Edythe Eyde. Actors who sing and/or play guitar, ukulele, and/or piano are encouraged to audition. Please note that in this particular style of verbatim performance participants/characters are often portrayed by actors of other races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, and orientations.

Rehearsals will begin on or around January 18, 2020, and will occur 5-6 days a week with the opening performance scheduled for February 28, 2020.

Performance Dates:

  • Friday, February 28, 8pm 
  • Saturday, February 29, 8pm
  • Sunday, March 1, 3pm
  • Monday, March 2, 10am
  • Thursday, March 5, 8pm
  • Friday, March 6, 10am
  • Friday, March 6, 8pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 3pm
  • Saturday, March 7, 8pm
  • Sunday, March 8, 3pm

Location: Provincetown Playhouse at 133 Macdougal Street, NYC 

Audition dates, times, and locations:

Friday, November 15, 1:00-4:00pm (Education Building, Room 770)

Saturday, November 16, Noon-5:00pm (Education Building, Room 307)


Callbacks:
Sunday, November 17, 1:00-4:00pm (Education Building, Room 779)

Interested actors can click on this link to sign up for an audition slot. You will be taken to a website where you can select an audition date/time. If you have conflicts with the scheduled auditions, please reach out to Joe Salvatore (js1655@nyu.edu) to consider an alternative audition date and time. For the auditions, actors should prepare the following:

  • One of the speeches available at this link.
  • A short movement piece, no more than 2 minutes, set to a piece of music. Please bring a device (phone, tablet, laptop) to play your music. We’re interested in seeing how you complete an action while music is playing and/or tell a story through movement. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE ADVANCED CHOREOGRAPHY. You can tie your shoes to a Beyoncé song.
  • An awareness of one of the episodes of the Making Gay History podcast and why it speaks to you.
  • A theatrical resume (headshot/photo optional but not required)
  • Your Spring 2020 class schedule and any other pre-existing personal conflicts from January 13 through March 8, 2020.
  • 16 bars of a song to be sung acapella (no accompaniment) (optional)

If you have questions, please contact Joe Salvatore at js1655@nyu.edu.

World Drama 2019 Speakers Series – African American / Black Theatre

This fall, the World Drama course at NYU Steinhardt / Program in Educational Theatre welcomes a variety of theatre professionals to discuss the diverse theatre companies here in New York City. Please join us to hear about the companies and their artistic staff, productions, and vision for theatre in our great city.

The second event is Wednesday, November 6

6:45 – 8:25PM

Pless Hall, 1st Floor Lounge

82 Washington Square East

Panelists include:

Andrew Clarke – Braata Productions

Andrew Clarke is a singer, actor, aspiring playwright/director and serves as founder/artistic director for both Braata Folk Singers and Braata Productions.  A graduate of the Edna Manley College (Faculty of Drama), Clarke is a 2008 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture.  In that same year he also represented Jamaica at the World Championships for the Performing Arts in Hollywood, California where he was crowned Grand Champion Performer of the World.

His stage credits include David Heron’s “Ecstasy” (UK tour) and a Jamaican adaptation of James Baldwin’s “Amen Corner” for which he was nominated for Best Actor in a Lead Role by the International Theatre Institute – Jamaica Chapter (ITI) Actor Boy Awards (Jamaica’s Tony Awards). An accomplished vocalist with 30 gold medals and numerous national awards from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) National Festival of the Performing Arts Competition in Speech, Music and Drama. Other awards include 15 overall National Awards including Best Actor and Male Vocalist.

AJ Muhammad – Fire This Time Festival

A.J. Muhammad has a background in audience development, arts administration, dramaturgy and library public services. He has dramaturged many productions directed by the educator, activist and director Dr. Daniel Banks in New York City, regionally and internationally. Along with Neyda Martinez he co-developed and implemented the pilot phase of the New Audience Project, an initiative to develop and train Latina cultural ambassadors in support of Latino arts institutions through arts immersion, workforce development and micro-entrepreneurism. The New Audience Project received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation and was incubated at The Fire This Time Festival’s East 4th St. neighbor Teatro Circulo. A.J. also completed the Artist Manager Program (AMP) training program at The Field.

Shaun Neblett – Changing Perceptions Theater

Over the past 17 years, Shaun Neblett has created and managed multiple youth theater programs throughout low-income neighborhoods in New York City.  He is the founder of Changing Perceptions Theater, a theater company that provides theater and performance training to youth in urban communities. As a playwright, Shaun was produced Off- Broadway when he was 18 years old at the Public Theater. Since then, his plays have been produced internationally, Off- Broadway and at regional theater venues. He is completing his “7 Homages for 7 MCs” play cycle, which is a suite of seven original plays that originate from the spirit of classic hip-hop albums. Shaun’s first completed play in the cycle pays tribute to the rapper Nas’ debut album Illmatic and was referenced by African American scholar Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as “A great play that evokes a sense of history and a sense of intimacy with people who nurture you, surround you and are a mystery to you.”

If you wish to attend, RSVP here.

Our final event for the semester will be Wednesday, December 4 – Asian American Theatre. Please let Dr. Jonathan Jones know if you have any questions.

Bravo to the Cast and Crew of ‘The Good Soul of Szechuan’

By David Montgomery

Congratulations to everybody involved in the Program in Educational Theatre’s production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan. What a pleasure it was to see such an outstanding production of Brecht performed in the Black Box Theatre on Thursday night (October 24)!

NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theatre - 'Good Soul of Szechuan' Poster, 2019

Exquisitely directed by Dr. Nancy Smither, many of Brecht’s theatre techniques were brilliantly used, including the use of captions, music, songs, actors playing several roles, direct addresses to the audience, and plenty of humor mixed with serious themes and moments. All of these theatrical techniques supported and enhanced the play’s structure, which was translated by David Harrower. Following the actions of the character of Shen Te/Shui Ta, the play explores whether in order to do good we must sometimes do evil, and whether true goodness is possible in a poverty-filled world. 

This parable exploring good and evil embodied Brecht’s vision of a theater that simultaneously entertains, teaches and provokes questions and thought. Tonight I was so impressed by the talented ensemble’s ability to convey all these things. The 17 cast members worked together seamlessly to present a provocative and compelling interpretation of this historically significant play that felt fresh and new. And Anthony Sun Prickett’s original music and musical numbers further added meaningful weight to the tone and mood of the piece. 

The wonderfully versatile ensemble of actors  included:

  • Elise Baum
  • Theo Blumstein
  • Jason Goldwin Chang
  • Christine Drayer
  • Irene Guo
  • Madeline Hoak
  • Asha John
  • Beryl Liu
  • Rita Liu
  • Laura Amancha Negrete
  • Xiaojin Niu
  • Eve Price
  • Kevin Qian
  • Sarah Reed
  • Ash Russell
  • Gretchen Vosburgh
  • Sara Wu 

Tim McMath’s set design was perfect, seemingly simple yet highly inventive. Praise must also be given to Lighting Designer Daryl Embry, Costume Designer Michelle Humprey, Sound Designer Ernesto Valenzuela, assistant directors/dramaturgs Jin Dong and Anthony Sun Prickett, assistant stage managers Megan Abbanat and Hoa Thi Kahnh Tran, and the always reliable and talented Production Stage Manager, Kristina Varshavskaya. 

Bravo to you all!

There are only three remaining shows at the Black Box Theatre at 82 Washington Square East—including Friday night (Oct. 24) at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm, and this Sunday at 3pm.

So don’t miss this illuminating and entertaining production! 

Catch it before it closes!

Educational Theatre Explores Morality with Play ‘The Good Soul of Szechuan’

By Amanda Wicks

The Program will stage Bertolt Brecht’s parable of goodness October 18-27 at NYU’s Black Box Theatre.

Rita Liu rehearses as Shen-Te. Photo by Hoa Thi Khanh Tran

Rita Liu rehearses as Shen-Te. Photo by Hoa Thi Khanh Tran

What does it take to be a good person? The question has long intrigued philosophers: Plato believed it hinged on knowledge, while Kant thought it remained intrinsically tied to motivation, and John Stuart Mill surmised it had to do with actions that maximized people’s happiness.

But philosophers haven’t been the only thinkers to engage with the question, which continues to grow increasingly tangled as the centuries progress. In that time, it hasn’t become any easier to land on a definitive answer, but the investigation remains worthwhile.

NYU Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program takes up the inquiry with its upcoming staging of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan. The play runs from October 18-27 at NYU’s Black Box Theatre (Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East). In keeping with Brecht’s theory of alienation (Verfremdungseffect), the production incorporates mime, abstract movement, choral work, songs and placards.

The German playwright, poet, and director made the question of goodness a central focus of his 1941 play. Set in Szechuan, it follows the journey of three gods who seek an answer to that age-old question, and seem to find it in the heroin dealer Shen-Te, whose morality supersedes her lifestyle. The gods gift Shen-Te with wealth thanks to her good nature, but that only draws bad characters into her life, which further complicates the question of goodness. 

Educational Theatre’s production features David Harrower’s translation, which comes from the lesser-known Santa Monica version Brecht wrote while living in exile during Hitler’s reign in Germany. Although he later revised the play, making Shen-Te a prostitute, the original portrayed her as an opium dealer (which Harrower later translated to heroin).  

“With a diverse ensemble, we have explored ways in which the play is relevant in the 21st century, drawing parallels to Brecht’s time under the specter of fascism, to current day dilemmas in our often hostile and dangerous world,” said Nancy Smithner, clinical associate professor of educational theatre, who directs the production. “Moving beyond the binaries of good and bad, we ask, ‘Is it possible to be truly good in our present-day world?’”

Between October 18-27, performances of The Good Soul of Szechuan take place at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. See the full schedule and purchase tickets via the NYU Box Office.

CfP: ArtsPraxis Volume 7 Issue 1

ArtsPraxis Volume 7, Issue 1 looks to engage members of the global Educational Theatre community in dialogue around current research and practice. This call for papers is released in anticipation of the publication of ArtsPraxis Volume 6, Issue 2. The submission deadline for Volume 7, Issue 1 is November 15, 2019.

Submissions should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Drama in Education (i.e., studies in drama/theatre curriculum, special education, integrated arts, assessment and evaluation)
  • Applied Theatre (i.e., studies in community-based theatre, theatre of the oppressed, the teaching artist, diversity and inclusion)
  • Theatre for Young Audiences and Play Production (i.e., studies in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, dramatic literature, theatre technology, arts-based research methodologies)

Call for Papers

Papers should be no longer than 4,000 words, must be accompanied by a 200 word abstract and 100 word biographies for the author(s), and conform to APA style manual. 

Key questions the Issue will address include:

Drama in Education

  • How and why do we teach drama and theatre in schools and community settings?
  • How do the roles and responsibilities of the teaching artist differ from those of the classroom teacher (primary, secondary or higher education)?
  • What is the contemporary role of drama and theatre in arts education?
  • How do we prepare future theatre artists and educators in the 21st century?
  • What are innovative ways of devising original works and/or teaching theatre using various aesthetic forms, media, and/or technology?
  • To what extent can the study of global theatre forms impact students’ learning?
  • To what extent should we distinguish theatre-making from drama as a learning medium?
  • How can integrated-arts curricula facilitate teaching, learning and presenting the craft of theatre?
  • How do we assess students’ aesthetic understanding and awareness?
  • What research supports the potential of drama as a learning medium?
  • How do drama and theatre make connections across curricular content areas and beyond schools?
  • How do drama and theatre education contribute to lifelong learning?
  • What role do drama and theatre play in community agencies?

Applied Theatre

  • How can drama provide a forum to explore ideas?
  • What are innovative strategies for using drama to stimulate dialogue, interaction and change?
  • How is theatre being used to rehabilitate people in prisons, health facilities, and elsewhere?
  • How do we prepare future artists/educators for work in applied theatre?
  • What ethical questions should the artist/educator consider in their work?
  • In what ways are aesthetics important in applied theatre? How do we negotiate a commitment to both the process and product of applied theatre work?
  • How do artist/educators assess participants’ understandings in an applied theatre project?
  • What are the major tensions in the field and how are these being addressed?
  • To what extent has recent research on affect influenced community-based praxis?

Theatre for Young Audiences/Play Production

  • Theatre for young audiences is an international movement and the borders are breaking down so how do we present and respond to work from other countries?
  • Who exactly are our new audiences– who are we talking to?
  • Are we as brave as we think we are? How does what we think we should do relate to what we want to do as artists?
  • Is the writer at the heart of future theatre creation? What has happened to dramaturgy in the brave new world of immersive, experiential, visual/physical theatre?
  • Theatre for Young Audiences has always been in the forefront of theatrical innovation. So what is next?
  • What have we learned about nurturing the artist of the future– playwriting, theatre-making, performance?
  • How do artists establish rigorous, intentional new works development processes that are innovative and sustainable?
  • How does accountability serve the stakeholders in a new works development process?
  • How do we define and measure success in theatre for young audiences?

We encourage article submissions from interdisciplinary artists, educators, and scholars engaged in work associated with the forum topics. Our goals are to motivate a dialogue among a wide variety of practitioners and researchers that will enrich the development of educational theatre in the coming years.

Dr. Jonathan P. Jones, New York University
Editor

Editorial Board:

  • Selina Busby, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, UK
  • Amy Cordileone, New York University, USA
  • Ashley Hamilton, University of Denver, USA
  • Norifumi Hida, Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music, Japan
  • Kelly Freebody, The University of Sydney, Australia
  • Byoung-joo Kim, Seoul National University of Education, South Korea
  • David Montgomery, New York University, USA
  • Ross Prior, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • Daphnie Sicre, Loyola Marymount University, USA
  • James Webb, Bronx Community College, USA
  • Gustave Weltsek, Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Reviewing Procedures

Each article will be sent to two peer reviewers. They will provide advice on the following:

  • Whether the article should be published with no revisions/with revisions.
  • The contribution the article makes to the arts community.
  • Specific recommendations to the author about improving the article.
  • Other publishing outlets if the article is considered unacceptable.

Papers should be sent to:

Dr. Jonathan P. Jones
ArtsPraxis
Include ‘ArtsPraxis Submission’ in the subject line.

World Drama 2019 Speakers Series – LatinX Theatre

This fall, the World Drama course at NYU Steinhardt / Program in Educational Theatre welcomes a variety of theatre professionals to discuss the diverse theatre companies here in New York City. Please join us to hear about the companies and their artistic staff, productions, and vision for theatre in our great city.

The first event is Wednesday, October 16
6:45 – 8:25PM
Pless Basement Acting Studio
82 Washington Square East

Panelists include:
Robert Federico – Repertorio Español 
Manuel Moran – TeatroSEA
Ramiro Sandoval – TabulaRaSa

If you wish to attend, RSVP

Future panelist topics and dates are as follows:
Wednesday, November 6 – African American / Black Theatre
Wednesday, December 4 – Asian American Theatre

Please let Dr. Jonathan Jones know if you have any questions.

Friendsgiving and FIREBEETLES!!! Auditions

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We are so excited to announce auditions for our fall mainstage productions! Part of Uproar’s mission is to produce new works written by NYU students.

In celebration of this, we will be producing Friendsgiving, written by Carina Kanzler, and FIREBEETLES!!! by Yaroslava Bondar.

FIREBEETLES!!! is a ten minute one-woman show which will be playing before Friendsgiving at each performance date. Friendsgiving is a 60-80 minutes show with a cast of seven women and one man.

Audition Times and Locations:
September 19th from 7-11 in GCASL 269
September 20th from 6-11 in GCASL 269

Click here for Materials and instructions

Click here to sign up for an audition slot

Please fill out this information form when you sign up

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SYNOPSIS:
Friendsgiving:
Everyone says that the first three months of college are the hardest, that if you can survive them, you’re in the clear. But what happens when you have to return home and confront everything you left behind? A group of girlfriends, inseparable since sixth grade, grapple with what it means to move forward, grow up, and let go while still leaving room in their lives for those who had such a profound impact on who they are today. They are forced to confront the sometimes alarming truth of what has changed and what hasn’t at their first annual “Friendsgiving”.

FIREBEETLES!!!:
Mina is a 12 year old girl with SO MANY questions (What is a penis? How to boil a frog? Is the world ending?) but very little answers. With her older sister off to college and her best friend in a relationship, she is left with just her stuffed animals to talk to. FIREBEETLES!!! is a play about growing up, staying young, feeling small in an overwhelming world, and, naturally, fireflies.

ArtsPraxis Volume 5 Issue 1

Cover Photo: Photo by Saskia Kahn from Of a Certain Age, NYU Steinhardt, Program in Educational Theatre, Directed by Joe Salvatore, 2018

This invited special issue of ArtsPraxis features voices from that two-day forum and offers just a small snapshot of the varied perspectives and practices that gathered together at NYU. I was keenly interested in sharing the powerful and resonant comments of established leaders in the field alongside new and emerging artists and scholars whose work covers new ground either in form or content.

The issue begins with an excerpted version of the forum’s opening keynote conversation with Dr. Patricia Leavy, best-selling author, book series creator and editor, and internationally recognized leader in arts-based and qualitative research, in which she discusses her origins and evolution as an artist and scholar and shares her thoughts on the aesthetics and ethics of ethnodrama and arts-based research. This is followed by the text of a keynote delivered by leading scholar in ethnodrama and ethnotheatre Emeritus Professor Johnny Saldaña, in which he situates our practice as theatre makers within the complex world at large, shares examples of plays from across the genre that illustrate this “art of fabrication,” and makes recommendations for how we move forward as artists and scholars in a post-truth era. Emerging scholar and drama therapist Darci Burch introduces the term “ethno-actor” and defines the aesthetic and ethical implications for an actor who performs the speech and gestural patterns of an actual person.

The issue then includes three ethnodramatic scripts, each of which takes a different approach to the form and content of the genre. Thomas Murray’s The Right of Way examines the circumstances surrounding the death of a cyclist in Chicago while simultaneously offering historical contextualization of transportation in the United States, highlighting the growing tensions between cyclists, automobile drivers, and pedestrians. Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick explore how young members of the lgbtq+ community choose to express and explain their identities with their interview theatre play, How We GLOW, which has been performed over 30 times in venues throughout the United States and Ireland. And the special issue rounds out with My Other Job by Cali Moore and Rachel Tuggle Whorton, their humorous and insightful homage to the actor’s “survival” vocation, and how that plays out across a variety of experiences and contexts.

– Joe Salvatore, Guest Editor

This issue of ArtsPraxis is available for download.

Editorial by Joe Salvatore

A Plenary Conversation: Patricia Leavy with Joe Salvatore

Keynote Address: The Art of Fabrication by Johnny Saldaña

The Ethno-Actor: Encompassing the Intricacies and Challenges of Character Creation in Ethnotheatre by Darci Burch

The Right of Way by Thomas Murray

How We GLOW by Jamila Humphrie and Emily Schorr Lesnick

My Other Job by Cali Elizabeth Moore and Rachel Tuggle Whorton

ArtsPraxis Volume 6 Issue 1 has been published.

ArtsPraxis Volume 6, Issue 1 cover

ArtsPraxis – Volume 6, Issue 1

ArtsPraxis – Jones: Editorial – A New Colossus

Our contributions in this issue come from artists, educators, and activists—all working towards bringing light to dark places. We begin with two theoretical frameworks from different parts of the world; one at the start of her scholarly work and the other following a solid career of contributions to the field. Xiaojin Niu explores the interaction between theatre and modern power with an examination of sexuality study. Roger Woosterrevisits an old question at a new time: whether we should draw a distinction between theatre-making and drama as a learning medium.

As applied theatre practitioners continue to engage in theatre practices with diverse populations, we have three contributions interrogating powerful topics. Jennifer Wong looks at the importance of being an outsider, pondering the strengths that come from this positionality; Sarah Woodland looks to aesthetics, navigating an approach to support incarcerated participants in truth-telling; and Julie Rada gains a deeper understanding of a familiar drama strategy, asking participants to witness each other while in prison.

The final sequence of articles takes a close look at how theatre educates. Rivka Rocchio recounts her time using drama to teach English in Samoa, revealing ways in which drama can level the playing field between insider and outsider. Mark Branner and Mike Poblete document successful iterations of theatre for babies and outline a list of characteristics for this emerging field. Manjima Chatterjee defines material theatre as an aesthetic experience that promotes democracy in the performance space. Finally, Jennifer Essex wrestles with two categories of audience participation in children’s interactive dance theatre: ‘interactors’ and ‘non-interactors,’ defining and problematizing each.

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Contents

Volume 6 Issue 1 April 2019

Editorial: A New Colossus by Jonathan P. Jones

The Interaction between Theatre and Modern Power with an Examination of Sexuality Study in Schooling by Xiaojin Niu

Exercising the Mind by Roger Wooster

Importance of the Outsider: Reflections from the Facilitator of a Community-Based Playbuilding Project by Jennifer Wong

Aesthetics of Truth-Telling: Intercultural Applied Theatre Praxis in an Australian Women’s Prison by Sarah Woodland

Being There…in Prison by Julie A. Rada

Breaking the Cultural Hierarchy: Using Drama to Teach English in Samoa by Rivka Rocchio

Getting Serious about Playful Play: Identifying Characteristics of Successful Theatre for Very Young Audiences by Mark Branner and Mike Poblete

Drama for Democracy: Material Theatre by Manjima Chatterjee

Co-operative Make-Believe as Practice in Children’s Interactive Dance Theatre by Jennifer Essex