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Seeking the Common Good: "Theater for the Common Good"

Story posted September 15, 2008

“Theater for the Common Good” looks beyond the traditional reach of theater to view its role in furthering social justice and the common good. Acclaimed theater artist and activist Norma Bowles, founder and artistic director of Fringe Benefits and leader of “Theater for Social Justice” workshops and institutes throughout the country, will engage students, faculty and community members in a week of master classes, lectures, and workshops that explore how theater can play an active role in addressing pressing social problems including racism, sexism, and homelessness.

Sponsors and Partners: Department of Theater and Dance, Gender and Women’s Studies Program, Gay and Lesbian Studies Program, Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, McKeen Center for the Common Good


Meet the Artist: Norma Bowles
Norma Bowles, founder of the groundbreaking educational theater company Fringe Benefits, has conducted acting and new play development residencies at universities and theaters across the United States and beyond. She received the Cornerstone Theater Company’s 2002 “Bridge Award” for her work using theater to build bridges and promote social justice in diverse communities.
Monday September 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Room 108, Memorial Hall

Film Screening and Discussion: "Surviving Friendly Fire: The Making of a Street Kids Theatre Project"
Tuesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Room 108, Memorial Hall

Public Lecture: Norma Bowles, “Wake Me Up When It’s Over! Using Comedy to Set the Stage for Social Justice”
Followed by discussion and book signing of Cootie Shots: Theatrical Inoculations Against Bigotry
Wednesday, October 1, 8 p.m.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall

Workshop on Theater and Social Justice
Sign up by contacting Davis Robinson in Theater and Dance.
Friday, October 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Room 108, Memorial Hall

All events are free and open to the public.

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