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MASTER CLASS A: Devising civic practice: listening as process, process as change 

Presenters: Michael Rohd
Thursday, July 30, 2020, 9am-12pm


In its work with artists, educators and community workers around the US, sojourn theatre has spent significant time observing and addressing a need for clarity around the contributions teaching artists (and designers, culture makers and heritage holders) can make in community settings. Artist assets are often seen as discipline specific and inseparable from a their creative output; the truth is that artists often have process tools that are unique, idiosyncratic and deeply useful in all sorts of public good collaborations. This interactive workshop shares a process for inviting community participants and creative practitioners to consider imaginative, collaborative, expressive assets in an expansive way, and to broaden how they imagine potential collaborative work in community. 

In this hands-on workshop, participants will experience a wide-range of drama strategies, games, exercises and theatre-making processes, that can be used to build ensemble, establish contracts, democratize space, promote inclusion, pursue equity, and encourage participation in difficult conversations, all leading towards the performance of social justice – in art and actuality!

MASTER CLASS B: From the Margins to the Core: A History of Youth Voices through Spoken Word 

Presenters: Project Lit
Friday, July 31, 2020, 1:30-4:30pm


In this interactive workshop, participants will travel through the history of Youth Spoken Word poetry and how this art form has equipped young and emerging adults to find, develop, and publicly present their voices from the margins of society to the core.

Participants will also engage in a writing and performance workshop to witness first hand the power of spoken word as a medium to develop social, emotional, and cultural literacy.     

MASTER CLASS C: The Carpa Plays: A journey of Chicanx and Latinx devised theatre, performance, and dialogue in a time of the Orange 45.

Presenters: Teatro Bravo
Saturday, August 1, 2020, 2-5pm


Teatro Bravo, Arizona's oldest Latinx/Chicanx theatre company, starts a new chapter in their journey of creating relevant and thought provoking theatre. Creating both work for the stage and in dialogue with AZ communities, Teatro Bravo continues to push itself and its audiences to reimagine what theatre can be and how it can serve as a powerful tool in the reclamation of Chicanx and Latinx narratives, in all of our glorious complexities. In this active workshop, Teatro Bravo ensemble members will facilitate elements of their creative processes utilized in both an original devised project called The Carpa Plays as well as their other community engaged collaborations and facilitations. 

MASTER CLASS D: Beyond the Token: The Politics of Disability and Radical Inclusion 

Presenters:  Sam, Rebecca Monteleone, LaRiche Lamar, Raylah Pillar (Detour Company Theatre)
Saturday, August 1, 2020, 3-6pm


This session will focus on the values, strategies, and practices that have motivated Detour Company Theatre’s mission of radically inclusive theatre for twenty years. We believe in presuming competence and ability in all our artists and fostering growth by adjusting our engagement strategies, not our expectations. We will discuss how we define, understand, and celebrate difference through strategies including on-stage coaches for performances, the transformation of theatre education strategies in rehearsals and workshops, and eliminating barriers to participation.  We will also share an example of a newly-developed directing workshop. We will end with members of the company performing select scenes and discussing what radical inclusion means to them.

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