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April 27-28, 2018 South Bend, IN

Registration is Open!

Early Bird Rates end on March 23.

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. 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.

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help us on April 28th, Saturday. Please join us in launching this exciting conference!

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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 enuf. This even is open to the public. Tickets will be on sale on April 1st through the South Bend Civic Theatre. 

Learn more here. 


What do you plan to accomplish through this conference?

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.

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.

What do you mean by theater?

Theater is a very broad art form and 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.


Conference Organizers

Deandra Cadet                   La Donna Forsgren

Jenn Cha                            Dr. Darryl Heller

Taeyin ChoGlueck             Dr. April Lidinsky

April Feng                          Dr. Cecilia Lucero

Renee Fleming                  Nandi Mgwaba