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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.
Thursday, October 3 • 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Open Dis[Courses] - Creative Research Studies: Devised Theatre

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viBe Theater Experience (viBe) works to empower underserved teenage girls and young women (ages 13-24) to write and perform original theater about the real-life issues they face daily. viBe's free, after-school arts programs offer girls/young women the opportunity to write, produce, and perform their own plays through viBe's pedagogy, which engages girls/young women through process-based devised theater techniques. Collaborative Research Studio (CRS) combines research and civic engagement to offer an experiential, community partnership-based research project that requires work both inside the classroom and in the field to create positive change. Each CRS focuses on a specific type of research method and a specific community or constituency in the metro New York City area. Participants learn skills that allow them to do research, which inform both their understanding of contemporary civic and community challenges and their performative practice. In the fall, students develop skills that allow them to do research that informs their understanding of contemporary civic and community challenges, and their performative practice. Learn best practices for entering communities respectfully, devising theater within communities, and how to exit communities in a way that fuels a sense of reciprocity after the “work” concludes. The spring involves field-work within the community that has been researched in the fall, within a program that allow students to apply a unique pedagogical approach to devising theater within a specific community. This class allows students to answer the following questions: What is the intersection of theater practice/dramaturgic research methods and civic engagement? How can I use my dramatic arts techniques, skills, and design thinking to create positive change inside and outside of the theater environment? Students are challenged in this class to work independently and collaboratively with community members. They are also guided step-by-step through the research and creative processes, from qualitative and field research to concept visualization and evaluation.

Faculty Organizer
avatar for Toya Lillard

Toya Lillard

Part-Time Lecturer, School of Drama


Thursday October 3, 2019 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Arnhold Room 930 55 West 13th St.