• Learning through doing, groups large and small

    ATC continues to explore opportunities to bring applied theatre professionals to Greenville for advanced training. In the meantime, between these formal workshops, we welcome visitors to our groups to experience our work and our director is available to lead workshops for your organization wherever it might be.

    The Applied Theatre Center hosted two groundbreaking conferences in Greenville, SC in 2011 and 2012 that were attended by registrants from as far away as Singapore and Scotland.

    Since that time, ATC has traveled the country leading, organizing and participating in conferences and workshops focused on a such topics as drama therapy, social justice, personal and community development, and the autism spectrum. Here are just a few examples:

    • Forum Theatre for Marginalized Communities: (February 15-17, 2019) led by Carli Gaughf, with a forum performance at Triune Mercy Center on the 17. Theater of the Oppressed is a tool for social change. Originally created in South America with peasant and worker populations to “rehearse for the revolution”, it is now used all over the world to develop tools for exploring collective struggles and resolving conflict. In this two-day workshop, participants will be introduced to the purpose and methods of T.O., with a focus on the forms of Image Theatre and Forum Theatre.
    • Masks in therapy: (May 31 – June 1, 2019) led by Doug Berky and Dale Savidge, with demonstration of masks in therapy at the Juvenile Detention Facility. Theatrical Masks in Therapy is a collaborative workshop between Dale Savidge, drama therapist and Doug Berky, physical theatre artist. In this training participants will experience the power of the mask to simultaneously conceal and reveal identity in the therapeutic setting. Both theory and practice are included and the group will spend time at the Greenville County Juvenile Detention Facility in a workshop using masks with juvenile inmates.
    • Role theory in the practice of group therapy: (July 12, 2019) led by Robert Landy.
    • Applied theatre and spiritual formation: (October 4-6, 2019) led by Dale Savidge. A dynamic, interactive weekend of theatre and spirituality. Participants journey into a deeper relationship with God personally and in community through applied theatre techniques. Led by Dale Savidge, PhD and RDT.
    • Applied Theatre and Spirituality (Various): A dynamic, interactive weekend of theatre and spirituality. Participants journied into a deeper relationship with God personally and in community through applied theatre techniques. Led by Dr. Dale Savidge, ATC Executive Director. Download workshop flyer. (PDF)
    • Applied Theatre and Marginalized Communities – Held at North Greenville University in 2011, this conference brought leaders and practitioners in a variety of applied theatre disciplines for two days of hands-on learning and networking. Download the conference flyer. (PDF)
    • Applied Theatre in Action! – Held at the newly opened Kroc Center in Greenville, SC in 2012, this “conference for artists and activists” focused on drama therapy, social justice and personal and community development. Download the conference flyer. (PDF)
    • Playback Theatre – Held in Nacogdoches, Texas in 2013, this workshop introduced participants to the practices and possibilities of Playback Theatre.
    • Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre – Held in Chattanooga, TN in 2013 and led by ATC Executive Director Dale Savidge, this two-day seminar focused on both playback theatre and forum theatre.
    • Theatre of the Oppressed (January 23-24, 2015): Theater of the Oppressed provides tools for people to explore collective struggles and then experiment with inventing a new future together through theater. Led by Carli Gaughf, ATC Director of Community Partnerships.
    • Theatre for Marginalized Groups (May 14-17, 2015): This was an opportunity to experience the ATC groups for adults on the autism spectrum and a Playback Cafe performance for the homeless. The training will include experiential work in the methods used with these groups. Led by Dr. Dale Savidge, ATC Executive Director.
    • Go Play: Exploring Creativity and Spontaneity through Psychodrama (July 24-26, 2015): This workshop was designed for those interested in exploring the bridge between personal story, creativity, and the power of community. Led by Heidi Landis, Creative Alternative of New York.