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DRAMA 494 A: Special Studies in Theatre and Drama

Performing Social Justice

A demonstrator protesting the shooting death of Alton Sterling is detained by law enforcement near the headquarters of the Baton Rouge Police Department in Baton Rouge, La., on July 9, 2016
Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 11:20am
HUT 202
Jasmine Mahmoud
Jasmine Mahmoud
Nikki Yeboah
Nikki Yeboah

Syllabus Description:

Performing Social Justice

Winter 2022

Professors Jasmine Mahmoud and Nikki Yeboah

What are the stakes of engaging histories and practices of social justice through performance and artmaking? How does an attention to narrative and the body animate social movements? The objective of the course is to engage social justice through performance and artmaking. In particular, this class leads students through three units (Unit I: theorizing/understanding performance and social justice; Unit II: scripting and rehearsing social justice; and Unit III: Staging, Intervening in, and Imagining New Worlds) to understand various genres of performance, and the ways in which performance is tactically mobilized in social justice movements. Genres of study include theater, performance art, and dance. Topics of study include abolition, race and racism, gender, sexuality, indigeneity, decoloniality, disability, and protest. No prior theater, performance, or artistic experience is required to succeed in this course.

Find a link to the "hard copy" syllabus here.

Catalog Description: 
Topics in drama, history, and criticism. See Time Schedule for specific topic.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
April 18, 2022 - 9:27pm