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Saturday, August 10 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Arches Of Empathy: Building Bridges Through Playback Theater

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Join Big Apple Playback Theatre (BAPT)  to experience empathy and understanding for ”The Other”  in the context of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work.  BAPTis an improvisational multi- ethnic, multi-language theatre company in which the actors reenact audience members' life stories. We use theater and storytelling as a vehicle for dialogue, community building, leadership development, entertainment and social change.  By using true, personal stories, playback is able to allow participants to learn deep listening skills and physical empathy.  In the context of social justice, playback is a powerful way to challenge racial inequity and create understanding- taking participants from the thinking mind to the somatic body.  Participants in this workshop will be introduced to BAPT’s brand of experiential Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) work offered to the community. Members of the workshop will experience the improvisational modality as well as experiment with playback’s theoretical framework with the goal of creating dialogue and building empathy.  This session will also allow participants to shift from the traditional book or lecture formats that are utilized to teach and learn, to structures that invoke deep thinking, sharing, feeling and exploring.  The use of Playback Theatre also creates a gateway for honest and authentic community dialogue around issues related to EDI, as well as Power, Privilege and Oppression.


Christine Witmer Powers

Christine Witmer Powers Is a theatre practitioner who received training from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, the Stella Adler Conservatory and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She received her MA in Performance Studies from NYU in 2004 and a certificate in International... Read More →

Shawnee R. Benton, LMSW, FDLC

Shawnee R. Benton, LMSW, FDLC, is the Co-Artistic Director for Big Apple Playback Theater. She is an actor, vocalist, composer, poet, author and playwright who has incorporated music and the arts into every aspect of her 27 year career as a clinician, healer and activist. Ms. Benton-Gibson... Read More →

Saturday August 10, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am EDT
The Wang Center - Room 301