Montclair’s Touring Performance, Fall 2023
Voices In the Crowd: Acceptance
Voices in the Crowd is an audience participation storytelling performance in which audience members tell personal stories and Montclair State University Department of Theatre and Dance actors perform, or “play back” aspects of the stories. Voices in the Crowd performances promote a more cohesive and collaborative community within the classroom, encourage listening skills, build empathy, discourage bullying, and provide the opportunity for teen’s stories to be heard and validated by their classmates and college performers. The performances are based in Playback Theatre techniques, an improvisational and therapeutic form of theater, founded by Jo Salas and Jonathon Fox in 1975 and currently practiced in over sixty countries across the world. While these performances can be centered around various topics, the current theme of “acceptance” asks students to think about times they have felt accepted or not felt accepted by others and turn their attention to ways they have acted in an accepting and non-accepting manner. The Voices in the Crowd interactive performances are aimed at high school students and work best when performed for a class or in a small group setting (40 students maximum). Performances run approximately one hour. Performances can be held anywhere with a 20’ by 10’ playing area for the actors, such as in a large classroom, library, lunchroom, or gymnasium.
Wed November 8th, 2023
Wed November 15th, 2023
Wed November 29th, 2023
Wed December 6th, 2023
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