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April 27-28, 2018 South Bend, IN

We are launching the Inaugural Conference on Community Theater for Social Justice Action in partnership with the Civil Rights Heritage Center, IUSB Women's and Gender Studies, and ND Show Some Skin

Our goal is to bring together theater practitioners, community activists, and inclusion-driven community members who share a commitment to social justice. We aim to use theater as a tool to strategize for effective social justice in our society. Our focus is to engage the concerns of and give voice to historically marginalized communities. We understand social justice theater as a means to achieve building a just society.

We are particularly interested in the formats of Monologue Theater, Documentary Theater, and Forum Theater that use first person narratives of people’s lives to build inclusive communities. Although we understand the role of fictional work as a useful means of creating dialogue, we recognize the unique value in using theater based on actual lived experience. The power in seeing a real human on stage sharing something real, especially voices that have not had a stage, in front of an audience is transformative for both the actor and the audience. This narrative driven model of theater humanizes the abstract statistics and shines light to the specificity of social justice.

The purpose of this conference is to create a space for deep strategizing among experts - community theater-makers, radically inclusive theater-makers in traditional theaters, community organizers, artist activists, and others.

Through social justice theater, we hope to inspire the wider Michiana community to not only think about issues related to social justice in new ways but to use this experience to be renewed in their commitment to concrete action.

We are happy to announce that Ms. Ntozake Shange will be our inaugural conference’s keynote speaker.

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Ntozake Shange

Keynote Speaker

We are honored to host Ntozake Shange, the poet, novelist, playwright, performer, and the creator of For Colored Girls who have considered suicide / When the rainbow is not enuf. 

 

Call for Submissions

 

We are accepting submissions for panel sessions until December 3, 2017. 

Please carefully read the guidelines and form below and email your submissions to conference@interactioninc.org. 

 
 
 
 

Conference Organizers

Deandra Cadet                  Dr. Darryl Heller

Jenn Cha                            Dr. April Lidinsky

Taeyin ChoGlueck             Dr. Cecilia Lucero

April Feng                          Nandi Mgwaba