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Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Thursday, October 3 • 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Open Dis[Courses]- Creative Research Studies: Documentary Theatre

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This CRS module requires research and civic engagement as a means to ultimately create a play. The first semester focuses on research and interview methodology, as well as best practices for establishing and cultivating relationships within a community. Students explore the work of companies and artists that have successfully used similar practices to create engaging theater, including The Civilians, American Records, Tectonic Theatre Project, Anna Deavere Smith, Lynn Nottage, and the team behind Come From Away. The class gives students an opportunity to use dramatic tools to shape a given community’s story, and ultimately to see and feel how powerful a tool theatre can be when it grows out of active engagement with a specific place and population. Students are graded on their efforts both in and outside of the classroom, and guided through all steps of the research and creative process.

Faculty Organizer
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Alison Weller

Part-Time Lecturer, School of Drama


Thursday October 3, 2019 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Arnhold Room 930 55 West 13th St.