Adventures in Applied Theater

In this session, participants will explore the use of structures from applied theatre that can be incorporated into explorations of topics in number of courses. Participants will create short pieces of improvised performance, designed to illicit exploration and reflection on topics of their choosing. This session will introduce participants to, (online) warm up activities, theatre games and specific short forms of improvisation from Playback Theatre (Fox & Salas). Participants should come prepared to play and engage in a highly participatory session. No previous performance experience is required or expected.  

Jay Goddard is an Associate Teaching Professor in the School of Social Work & Human Services at Thompson Rivers University who leads a double life as theatre addict. Working in Community Theatre, Jay has acted in over 20 plays, directed 6 including 4 musicals and performed numerous other roles in local community theatre productions in Kamloops and Williams Lake.  

Professionally, Jay is trained as a counsellor with an Interest in applied theater as tool for engaging in social justice discussions, interpersonal development and psycho-social education. He has studied Theatre of the Oppressed, through the Mandala Center and most recently completed the core and conductor training with the New York School of Playback theater. He has used a number of adaptations of applied theatre forms with various community groups and continues to use theatre tools in his teaching and counselling practices. 

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