Make Theatre — Make a Difference
Winter/Summer Institute’s (WSI) applied theatre-making process provides a space for exploration, interaction and collaboration with participants from vastly different cultures and backgrounds. We bring people together to question assumptions, engage in problem-solving dialogue, experiment with biases, improvise collective ideas and, most importantly, create fabulous theatre.
Our goal is not only to share what we’ve learned and created, but to offer ways for others to devise aesthetically provocative, socially challenging theatre anywhere with anyone in almost any situation. Visit About Us to find out more of what we are up to!■ ■ ■
Coming Soon: The WSI Field Guide
We’re creating an online Field Guide to WSI’s collaborative creative process. The Guide will offer exercises, creative tasks, plans, and formats that make it possible to devise aesthetically provocative, socially engaging theatre anywhere, with any one, in almost any situation. Join our mailing list to keep in the loop.
Tennessee Residency: Creating Community Conversation
Our residency last summer in Chattanooga, co-sponsored by the Chattanooga State Community College Theatre Department, brought our collaborative process of dialogue and creating provocative, entertaining theatre to a region that, like our country as a whole, remains deeply divided along political, religious, class, and racial lines.
The residency drew participants from across Chattanooga and included community organizers, neighborhood activists, professional actors, working class youth, and current and former students of Chattanooga State’s professional actor training program. A follow-up meeting took place the following November. Here are just a few responses—what people felt was most significant to them or that they took away from the work we created together:
That there is a way for humans, regardless of their unique differences, inequalities, and every-thing-in-between, to find a way to communicate in a sensitive manner that gives voice to all parties involved… I feel lighter after having this experience. Better somehow. More connected in the way humans are connected. —Johanna, student
I gained insight into the power of gathering together strangers and inspiring them to find the connections that make them a community. —Page, drug and alcohol rehab counselor
What I take away from the residency is that WSI’s approach makes people feel welcome, includes people where they are, and allows them to work on many levels: emotional, personal, collective. It’s interactive, non-linear, experiential learning at its best. WSI welcomes and includes everyone who comes, no matter what age, gender-identification, race or background…this is something I want to incorporate in my own work. —Eleanor, community organizer, consultant
Thanks to all of you who made our trip to Chattanooga possible!