Preparing for the Playback Theatre Leadership course

The next PT Leadership course being offered will take place in the summer of 2017 in Brazil.  It will consist of three weeks of study with a graduation ceremony at the end and the presentation of a diploma. Participation in this course requires a serious commitment and prepares you for Playback Theatre leadership in your community.

Prerequisites: To qualify for Leadership, a student must have taken PT Practice at the School, or have been a member of an active company for at least 5 years.

INDEPENDENT STUDY PROJECTS. There are also a series of independent study tasks to be completed before attending the course. They will take time and effort, but the process should also be highly stimulating. These projects are a way to keep you engaged with reflection on your playback theatre work over a year-long period.

Essay: For the Essay, you want to choose a Playback-related topic and write about it in the most intelligent way you can. Read. Think. Write. Rewrite. The essay will stretch your left-brain skills. Hopefully, it will help you consolidate some aspect of playback theatre in which you have been interested. The length of the essay is not important (students have written from 8-80 pages). Your thinking and writing are Sample essay topics.

Practicum Project:  This assignment asks you to design a playback theatre project and lead it. It is a practical task. For the Practicum it is only necessary to write a two or three-page summary (description, objectives, evaluation). Sample practicum projects

Creative Project: The creative project can be a story, a song, a painting, a performance piece, or whatever inspires you. It should be something new for you, something that feels a bit risky. You will have completed the task when you complete the creative project itself. You do not need to perform it or formally present it in class; however sharing information about our creative projects is an important part of the classroom experience. Sample creative projects

In addition to these assignments, we ask you to pursue two kinds of additional learning as important background to the course:

Social Awareness:  We ask each student to complete some reading, and if appropriate, take some anti-racism training prior to Leadership.  Why improve your social awareness?

Psychological awareness: We ask all students to undertake some psychodrama study. Please consult with Jonathan Fox about the appropriate numbers of hours for your background and location. Why study psychodrama?

We expect that you will undertake these tasks over an extended period prior to coming to the School. It is important that you consult with Jonathan Fox about the final choice of your projects. He is available to discuss ideas at any time along the way. Jonathan fox’s email:

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