ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone 2021 | Theme: Intersectionality, Disability, and Arts Education

Saturday, April 10, 2021

- EDT
Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Engaging Teens In Conversations of Race and Disability Through Theatre: Developing an Action Plan for your High School Drama Club or Local Youth Theater Company
Tara Mansour
Tara Mansour
Westwood Public Schools, Occupational Therapist

Are you involved with youth theatre? Do you want to develop a student culture that embraces anti-racism, anti-ableism and anti-oppression? This presentation will support youth leaders to develop a multisensory approach for teens to address social inequalities through the performing arts. Theatre provides a platform to tell stories that challenge convention, spark conversation, provoke thoughts and spotlight the emotions is us all. Nicholas Hartlep discusses the power of storytelling and its powerful and persuasive ability to unlearn beliefs that are commonly believed to be true (2009). In this session, we use performance art as a means to engage young minds in discussion and provide strategies for exploring the layers of subordination that exist based on gender, class, race, disability, immigration status and other social identities. Where can you begin? Join us on the journey of bringing the conversation about intersectionality and injustice to your local drama club or youth theatre program.

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