Women’s Performance Workshop
Using community-engaged theater and feminist performance collective techniques to change how theater artists apply and define directing
Art can challenge aesthetic and social boundaries, but it can also mirror the culture that produces it — reifying norms and reinforcing hierarchies. In theatre, where directors are typically white men, this can mean perpetuating and exacerbating racial and gender disparities. Jayme Kilburn’s dissertation project challenges industry norms and offers more inclusive pedagogical approaches to directing, thereby shifting the artistic biases that delegitimize community-engaged work. Using applied theater methodologies, including story circles, group work and reflective listening combined with improvisation, movement techniques and writing exercises, the Women’s Performance Workshop provides a theatrical model where women and trans individuals create their own public performances based on personal narratives.
- Graduate student: Jayme Kilburn, theatre arts
- Special committee chair: Sara Warner, Department of Performing and Media Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
- Community partner: Strand Theater
- Community partner: Civic Ensemble
In the News
APRIL 18, 2018
Two PhD students receive Engaged Graduate Student Grants
– Department of Performing & Media Arts website
Engaged Graduate Student Grants
Supporting Ph.D. students in any field — whether they are experienced in community-engaged research and scholarship or just getting started.