A collaboration between Cornell Performing and Media Arts, CALS, and Ithaca-based theatre company Civic Ensemble, this course brings together students with an interest in applied theatre and with researching and practicing socially engaged performance.
Funded by a grant from Engaged Cornell, this year’s focus will be the impact of climate change in/on the Finger Lakes. Students will learn how to conduct Story Circles, a form of community-based dialogue, with a diverse range of local residents (from scientists and skeptics to farmers and pro/anti-frackers).
We will craft this ethnographic research into a Living Newspaper, a type of multimedia performance that we will stage for audiences on campus, as part of the PMA events calendar, and across the city. These performances will be followed by curated talkbacks with the actors, Story Circle participants, and members of the Climate Action Advisory Group.
No previous theatrical experience is necessary to take part in the course. We meet Fridays 1:25 p.m.–4:25 p.m. with evening rehearsals and performances starting in mid fall.