Theatre for Transformation

Theatre for social change is often a tenet of applied theatre practice that strives toward a social goal as opposed to an aesthetic one. The trope of process vs. product continues in socially-minded creative endeavours and we intend to tease out this dichotomy from a collaborative approach. As applied theatre practitioners keen to explore the aesthetic quality and necessity for that which is aesthetically arresting, how might theatre for social change be understood instead as theatre for transformation?

Workshop Leader Biography:
Leah Tidey received her BFA with Distinction in Applied
Theatre and is currently pursuing her PhD in Applied Theatre at the University of Victoria. Her research is focused on the social stigma of sexuality across the lifespan and exploring intergenerational, community-based theatre as a means to address it. Her work with the Victoria Target Theatre Society and Victoria High School, federally funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, culminated in a well-received intergenerational performance ofYou’re Doing What?! At Your Age?! Her research has been supported by various scholarships including the Anne McLaughlin Graduate Scholarship in Applied Theatre and the University of Victoria Graduate Award, in addition to undergraduate scholarships such as the Jamie Cassels Undergraduate Research Award, President’s Scholarship, Barbara McIntyre Scholarship in Theatre, and the Diane Mary Hallam Achievement Award.

Leah is currently a Teacher Assistant and from 2013-2017,
was a Research Assistant to Dr. Warwick Dobson at the
University of Victoria. In her undergraduate degree, Leah
took part in an international field school in Tamil Nadu,
India, where her passion for creating intergenerational
theatre began. Leah’s work in the theatre community
has included theatre with immigrant youth in Victoria,
Reminiscence theatre with senior communities, assisting
with two Rotterdam Wijktheatre community-based
performances in the Netherlands, co-directing a collectively
created performance about Canada’s Indigenous residential schools entitled No Stepping Back, stage managing with Flying Arrow Productions in Revelstoke, Canada, and facilitating workshops with members of the Salvation Army’s reintegration program for men recently released from prison.

12 06 2019 10:00—18:00
Where DAMU R313/R314