Special section: TO & PO, Anti-Racism & Protest
In 2018, four applied theatre practioners created a forum theatre play and workshop for a small Wyoming community. They wanted to engage participants in a dialogue about inclusion, racism and homophobia, in particular how it manifests in a state known as the "Equality State."
Forum theatre focuses on a protagonist experiencing oppression and how they may break their own bonds. In this report, two of the facilitators and creators reflect on how using forum theatre to follow the actions (or inaction) of a potential ally in a play about the exclusion of a gay woman of color was useful in deflecting white fragility and calling in an audience of mostly white folks to reflect on their own role in dismantling racist and hetero-normative social structures.
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Kontolefa, Nicole and Cannon, Grace
"Don't Poke The Bear - A Project Report,"
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 5, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol5/iss1/19