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Difficult Dialogues: An Interactive Theatre Performance and Workshop on Heterosexism - 3/31/2011 -

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Difficult Dialogues: An Interactive Theatre Performance and Workshop on Heterosexism

  1. Thursday, March 31st, 201111:00am - 12:30pm

The Office of the Provost and the Teaching and Learning Center are proud to co-sponsor this workshop directed and facilitated by Visiting Artist Suzanne Burgoyne, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri, and performed by Wake Forest Students.

Do you assign group projects for any of your classes? Ever wonder what the students talk about while the teacher's away? In this depiction of a student project meeting, buried tensions erupt into offensive speech. This peek into the "backstage area" of student behavior is based on campus climate research. As a participatory theatre form, the workshop will offer you the chance to intervene, taking the role of the instructor of the class. In interactive theatre, a short play presents a social justice issue that is not resolved. Following the sketch, actors stay in character to answer audience questions about their behavior. Then you will be invited to explore conducting student conversations on controversial topics in a "safe space"--and get feedback from colleagues.

The University of Missouri's Interactive Theatre Troupe was founded in 2003 as part of an initiative sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. From 2006-2009, interactive theatre was a key component in MU's Ford Foundation "Difficult Dialogues" grant, a program intended to foster civil conversation in today's increasingly polarized society. Of almost 700 applications nationwide, MU received one of 27 DD grants, and one of 16 renewals. After the grant ended, MU has continued to sponsor the DD program.

Suzanne Burgoyne, Ph.D. is Producing Director of MU Interactive Theatre. She was a co-PI on the Difficult Dialogues grant. Named Outstanding Teacher of Theatre in 2003 by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Suzanne has also been a Kellogg National Fellow (leadership training and interdisciplinary studies), a Carnegie Scholar (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning), and a Fulbright Scholar. She has published numerous articles on the use of interactive theatre for teaching and faculty development; and, with Kellogg colleague Bill Timpson, she has co-authored "Teaching and Performing: Ideas for Energizing Your Classes."

Event Details

  • Location:
    Scales Fine Arts Center, Room D101
  • Special Notes:
    Participants are invited to a meet-and-greet lunch in the Brendle Lobby, following the workshop
  • Sponsor:
  • Open To:
    Faculty, Graduate Students, Staff
  • Facilitated by:
  • Questions? Please contact:

    • Catherine Ross: • 4559