Devising Commedia as an Antiracist Theatre Practice in The Artful Token

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This presentation will recount some of Jordan Rosin's key insights from producing and directing an ensemble-devised Contemporary Commedia adaptation of Goldoni's The Artful Widow with undergraduate students at Virginia Tech, employing a process which combined The Ume Group's Devising Methodology, Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, Theatrical Intimacy Education-inspired boundary practices, and Nicole Brewer's Antiracist Theatre principles. Major insights revolve around opportunities and limitations of Commedia as an antiracist/anti-oppressive practice, as well as the synergies between consent, harm prevention, Liz Lerman's CRP, Emergent Strategy, and the roles of actor-creator and director-as-facilitator.



Performing Arts, Antiracism, Devising, Collective Creation, Commedia Dell'Arte, Theatre, Theater, Actor Training, Consent, Theatrical Intimacy, Acting, Directing, Creative Practice-as-Research, Mask, Devised Theatre, Critical Response Process, Anti-racism, Inclusion, Harm Prevention, Harm Reduction, Dramaturgy