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The Care and Self-Care of the Applied Theatre Artist at CUNY NYC

July 30, 2018 - August 11, 2018

Summer Intensive 2018

Topics in Applied Theatre: The Care and Self-Care of the Applied Theatre Artist

We are very excited to confirm that Colombian theatre artist, psychotherapist and activist, Hector Aristizabal, will be teaching a 3-credit, summer intensive for the MA in Applied Theatre from July 30 through August 11, 2018. The course will be structured from 10 – 5 daily, excluding the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August 3, 4 and 5.

The focus of the course will be the care and self-care of the applied theatre practitioner. Drawing on the reasons why participants want to do this work in the world, Hector will guide the class in an exploration of their interests, concerns and challenges. He will create a process for students to learn to identify each other’s gifts, strengths and vulnerabilities, and to recognize how group work is crucial in facilitating the process of opening-up the collective and personal struggles we face, in order to find “the medicine we each carry.” What, for example, will support and strengthen us when working with oppressed and marginalized groups, communities dealing with violence, polarizing conflicts, peace processes and reconciliation, or the aftermath of a natural disaster? To be effective, facilitators need to be able to take care not only of their participants but, crucially, of themselves!

To do this work, Hector will use Boal’s rainbow of desire and cop-in-the-head techniques, as well as theater of witness and personal mythology. The course will culminate with a public sharing of discoveries and creativity.

Registration for the course is now open. Anyone wishing to enroll, who is not already an SPS student, should contact Adeola Adegbola at Adeola.Adegbola@cuny.edu or on 212-652-2820.


July 30, 2018
August 11, 2018