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  • ATC executive director Dr. Dale Savidge will lead the four-day Theatre for Marginalized Groups workshop.

    Theatre for Marginalized Groups

    An opportunity to learn about and participate in ATC’s group work with adults on the autism spectrum, as well as a Playback Cafe performance for the homeless. This workshop consists of seven sessions that take place over a four-day period. Registered participants may attend as many sessions as desired.

    When: Thursday, May 14 (3:30 and 6:00 p.m.), Friday, May 15 (9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.), Saturday, May 17 (9:00 a.m. until noon, and 2-5:00 p.m.), Sunday, May 17 (11 a.m. and 4-7:30 p.m.)
    Where: Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility, Triune Mercy Center
    Registration: Register online! $175 adult preregistration, $125 student preregistration. $200 after April 30

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  • Addressing Human Needs

    Applied theatre uses theatrical methodology and employs it to help people understand and rehearse solutions to their problems. ATC investigates these methods, trains people in these methods, and then creates unique programs for organizations to employ our artists in utilizing these methods. Generally speaking, applied theatre techniques address human needs in two ways:

    1. By addressing personal, psychological or spiritual needs. In these methods we invite people to learn more about themselves, their history, and to try out new ways of living in the world as healthy human beings. Drama therapy is one broad category of methods often used in dealing with these kinds of needs. Other methods include role playing, sociodrama and a variety of games developed by Augusto Boal, such as Image Theatre.
    2. By addressing social or political concerns shared by a group of people. Sometimes the challenges an individual is facing come from outside themselves, from their peers or society. Applied theatre allows a group of people to “rehearse for reality” together. Forum theatre (also by Boal) is a highly effective interactive theatre method for expressing and then solving a social problem.

    Our work is process based (interactive rehearsals) and product based (performances through Playback Theatre and social stories) and we integrate an awareness of spirituality as an essential component of healthy living.

    For more information on the programs we offer in the Upstate of SC please use the navigation bar at the top of the page.

  • ATC stays current on a wide variety of applied theatre forms and offers training to theatre artists, social services providers, teachers and others through training workshops throughout the year. We invite leaders in applied theatre, drama therapy, theatre of the oppressed and psychodrama to Greenville for workshops and conferences. In the future we will conduct research and assessments on the efficacy of the programs we offer in order to improve the quality of our work and the work of other practitioners in applied theatre.

    For more information on the training we offer please visit our Workshops and Conferences page.

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    Carli Gaughf, Playback Cafe actor and staff at the Applied Theatre Center, trained the actors in Theatre of the Oppressed and facilitated the performance.

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    The TO workshop has led to a Forum play about homelessness - presented February 15 at 6 pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Our weekend of training in Theatre of the Oppressed with Carli Gaughf, Director of Community Partnerships, was a big success. Following up on that training we began a series of luncheon conversations with homeless citizens yesterday. 8 people came for lunch and talked for an hour about their lives, their challenges and their hopes. 3 more lunch sessions are planned and the actors, guided by Carli, will devise a Forum play to be performed February 15 at 6 pm at Triune Mercy Center. We look forward to welcoming people who are stuck in cycles of poverty and homelessness to this performance where they will be invited to rehearse solutions to their challenges. ... See MoreSee Less

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    Come see the goofy (sometimes serious) players of the Playback Cafe on Thursday at Coffee Underground! ... See MoreSee Less

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