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

Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Disability Justice in University Theatre Programs

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Carson Hebblethwaite
Research Fellow, Coastal Carolina University

Carson Hebblethwaite is a Junior BFA Acting major and an Edwards College Research Fellow at Coastal Carolina University (CCU). She is a student-leader for CCU’s Inclusive Theatre Group and has co-devised Applied Theatre performances centered around disability justice and youth/young-adult houselessness. Carson believes in the power of theatre arts to build empathetic communities, to celebrate diverse stories, and to create sustainable social change.

Amanda Masterpaul
Coastal Carolina University, Adjunct Professor

Amanda Masterpaul is an adjust professor and applied theatre practitioner dedicated to weaving social justice and anti-oppression techniques into theatre-making and collective action. Throughout her career, she has organized alongside various community-centered partnerships and civic engagement efforts. As an artist-activist-educator, Amanda practices radical pedagog, intersectional feminism, and civic artistry


We believe that all voices are essential and highly imaginative. As such, our workshop will explore the intersections of theatre and disability justice through a collegiate program entitled Inclusive Theatre Group. Inclusive Theatre Group fosters a safe, non-judgmental ensemble in which disabled, able-bodied, and neurodivergent community members and Coastal Carolina University students tap into their creative voices through theatre. Inclusive Theatre Group builds community, nurtures creativity, and re-awakens a sense of play and fun in order to enhance collaboration, social & emotional wellness, and self-determining confidence. Our workshop will provide research, insights, and tools targeted towards university theatre programs in an effort to encourage how a disability-inclusive theatrical community within a university setting can support universal design and radical imagination. Distilling research from group interviews, storycircles, and play-making, we will share aspects of a toolkit, detailing disability-inclusive theatre as a modality for equitable opportunity, universal design, and communal well-being.

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