Read the CFP for: Into Abolition: A Guidebook for Liberatory Theatre-making Practices
- How does theatre-making reject/unsettle the logics of carceral systems?
- How can the theatre be both a tool and a site for dismantling systems of oppression and building collective care?
- What is on the other side of punishment, and how is theatre, and its collaborative processes, uniquely responsible for living the answers to these questions?
- What does an abolitionist theatre-making practice look like within a hospital? A prison? An institution of higher education? In secondary schools? In foster care systems?
- In what manner do theatre and performance illuminate interconnectedness, reciprocity, repair, truth, and abolitionist notions of time, space, being, and doing otherwise?
- What values and practices drive/undergird abolition and how do these manifest theatrically through time?
- How are abolitionist aims and organizing present within specific processes of theatre-making (e.g., casting, acting/performance, playwriting, dramaturgy, production, costuming, funding, staging, audience participation)?
- How does theatre-making create conditions for the liberation, broadly-defined, of communities? How does theatre support freedom?
Teaching Artist Journal: Volume 15, 2017 - Issue 3-4: Free Time: Inquiries Into Prison Arts Education Click for free access to "Theatre Across Prison Walls: Using Democratizing Theatre Methodologies to Subvert Carceral Control"
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival: REgion 1 -- Danbury, CT -- 2018
In February, Rivka and Josh Vink presented a workshop session titled "Cultural Engagement through Theatre-Making." Participants analyzed a section of Narrative of the Life Frederick Douglass and created short performances based on the intersections of resistance, oppression, and culture in their own lives.
AMERICAN ALLIANCE FOR THEATRE AND EDUCATION -- New Orleans, 2017
In August, Rivka presented along with Haley Honeman and Mat Shwarzman an interactive game based on the C.R.A.F.T (a process for community-based arts projects). The game, called Collaboration Road, guided participants through each phase (Contact, Research, Action, Feedback and Teaching) as they addressed and voted on answers to challenges, set-backs, and happenings that can emerge in community-engaged partnerships. If you would like to test a proto-type of the game, or find out more information about collaboration with civic partners contact us here.
Performing the World! Conference Presentation in New York City
On September 23rd, Rocchio presented at the 2016 Performing the World conference. Her presentation around ideas of power and gender in prison-based theatre addressed such questions as: What can the performance of an autobiographical monologue do to support or disrupt gendered identity? What happens to the performance of the male body while it is imprisoned? How can the prison-based drama classroom provide a space for the safe interruption of traditional gender performances?
Check out this article in Howlround co-written with Ashley Laverty on the challenges of collaboration: Clobberation: Clobbering through a Collaboratively-Built Touring Show
A White Woman’s Guide to Teaching in A Men’s Prison
Read Rivka's latest article on TYA/USA's blog on how to use theatre in cross cultural situations.
Click here to read Rivka's latest article on pedagogy and activism in Introduction to Acting coursework.
Click here to read Rocchio's "Poetry Slammin' in the Slammer: Questioning the Limits of Arts-in-Corrections"
Click here to read Keoni Watson's winning poem from the Slam