Project Changing Places is a multimedia project involving the disciplines of theatre, film, journalism, and communication with the goal of closing the communication gap which has developed during the pandemic.
It begins with training in various methods of communication (Non-violent
Communication , RAIN, engendering compassion for self and others, and The Social Penetration Theory of intimacy). Participants who represent a range of ages, beliefs, backgrounds and education get to know one another using these techniques in order to delve deeper into the interpersonal relationship and to thus create a sense of trust and intimacy for more disclosure.
The heart of this project is Participatory Communication: a dynamic, interactional, and transformative process of dialogue that enables people to realize their full potential and engage in their own welfare. We will also utilize Applied Theatre, an umbrella term which involves a wide range of theatrical forms such as body expression, role play, improvisation, etc.
After a series of workshops that include interviews and theatre games designed to allow the participants to assemble material for the purpose of “character creation.” each participant writes a monologue based upon what was learned in the interviews. The written monologue is put into the rehearsal process to create the “character” of the other person. They will be Changing Places and presenting that perspective with personal truth, conviction, and emotion.
Lastly is a public performance where the audience is witness to the stories of all participants. Theater of Witness is a form of testimonial performance performed by people sharing their personal and collective stories of suffering, transformation and peace. A talk-back with the “actors” follows the performance in order to learn about the process of “changing places” to promote peace and understanding within families, the community, the country, and the world.
The entire process will be filmed.
To get involved, email: Elle Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Funded by State College, PA (September 2021)