The Theatre of Change Forum brings together high-level artists, law and policy students and experts, and directly impacted advocates to collaborate as equal partners in the creation of arts-based performance pieces that have an engagement strategy to target specific policies. During the forum, participants will participate in one of four workshop groups, each focusing on a different policy area: education equity, parole and re-entry, community economic development, and political participation of formerly incarcerated people.
Graduate and professional school students, faculty, and staff in the Law School, School of International and Public Affairs, Teachers’ College, Journalism, School of Social Work, Public Health, School of the Arts, and General Studies are invited to apply to participate in this three-day Theater of Change forum, taking place at Columbia Law School on the afternoon of Friday, October 18th (1 to 5pm) and during the days of October 19th and 20th (10am to 5pm).
During the Theater of Change participants will:
- Learn the essentials of narrative storytelling from Broadway professionals with credits from Hamilton to Waitress to Fun Home.
- Dissect the policy landscape of this issue and the strategies involved in existing campaigns to push these policies towards justice for those directly impacted.
- Explore how the arts can be strategically employed in these projects to amplify impact of ongoing work, and create quick, collaborative performance pieces with an engagement strategy, to be performed in “theaters of change” where policy making happens.
- Plant seeds for future collaborations and ongoing work.
The Theatre of Change is a groundbreaking methodology developed as a collaboration between the Broadway Advocacy Coalition and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School. Workshop moderators include Broadway artists, Columbia University professors and community activists.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.