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

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

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Pre-recorded 20 Minute Session: Disability Justice in University Theatre Programs
Carson Hebblethwaite
Carson Hebblethwaite
Research Fellow, Coastal Carolina University
Amanda Masterpaul
Amanda Masterpaul
Coastal Carolina University, Adjunct Professor

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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