by Lisa Wields Words
I am writing this, my first post for Spread Information, from a hotel room in Seattle where I am attending the One Theatre World Conference put together by TYA/USA, the American chapter of ASSITEJ (Association Internationale du Théâtre pour l’Enfance et la Jeunesse).
I am a theater artist, educator and arts advocate. I came to this conference because I believe in the importance and value of theater as a social and educational tool to help make this world a better place. At the Conference Opening, Community Organizer and playwright Laurie Brooks discussed some statements that the field needs to think about. The issue that struck me the most was about how to incorporate audiences differently, so that they are no longer just passive recipients of the product theaters create (the play) but become part of the community that creates theater.
In her words she talked about this as a way of “turning monologues into dialogues.” Continue reading