The Multicultural Theatre Project and «Minority» Literature
Chapter 7. Developing Story, Developing Students as Texts
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DEVELOPING STORY, DEVELOPING STUDENTS AS TEXTS
What can I say about the Multicultural Theatre Project except that it has opened my eyes about life. I came in confident that I would be able to perform any role given to me. Little did I realize that the role I would portray would be the hardest role that I will ever face: myself. … I learned not only about myself, but about life in general. Many times in my life, I have felt emotional pain, due to racial, religion, and peer isolation. Now that I think about it, MTP is the first time I had addressed discrimination openly with other people. I learned that I was not alone …”
—Carlos, MTP first-year student, Telecommunications Pepperdine University Alumnus 2005
The Whole Self to the Task: Mind/Body/Soul
You do not have to be an expert in the dramatic arts, just passionate enough about the work to get informed. Educate yourself and bring others in who can fill in the gaps. Your primary role is to function as shepherd over the creative process framed out of your critical understanding of the value of this powerful, critical, arts-based pedagogy. Again, you do not have to have a professional or academic background in theatre. Your commitment, your openness to the organic process, and your clarity of the goals in each step of the process will yield qualitative results. You will be modeling the payoff students...
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