The Interactive Theatre Project, after May of 2015 will no longer be a funded group at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
This previous school year will be the last in (itp)'s history. Ever since 1999 (itp) has been committed to being the change in the world. Its rehearsals and performances have sparked a monumental amount of discussion and change wherever it went. Those who were fortunate enough to be apart of it have been changed in ways unimaginable. We thank the University of Colorado at Boulder for the opportunity to welcome people into the ongoing discussion that is Social Justice. The work by Rebecca Brown Adelman and Trent Norman will continue on in the lives of everyone who has ever been involved in (itp) as it will with both of them as they move on to the next big adventure. Thank you everyone who has supported (itp), we will never let you go.
The Interactive Theatre Project is a troupe of undergraduate, graduate and alumni student actors and assistant directors under the guidance of co-directors Rebecca Brown Adelman and Trenton Norman.
Since 1999, (itp) has served CU-Boulder and the surrounding communities by providing professionally scripted/improvisational performances and facilitated discussions of social issues. These performances become a springboard for dialogue between the audience, characters, and facilitators.
The conversation that evolves provides a unique opportunity for groups to explore complex issues while developing greater community strength, creativity and cultural competence.
(itp) is inspired by the vision of Augusto Boal, who created a theatre that eliminated spectators and created "spectactors" - audience members who are central to the success of the performance. (itp) realizes this vision by crafting scenes where audience members can identify and empathize with all of the characters.
Immediately after the performance, the audience becomes part of the show by asking the characters questions that lead to greater understanding and empathy. The characters then leave, and the facilitators guide a discussion of the concerns that are strongest for the audience members.
(itp) 1999-2015 Soundtrack
As of the Final (itp) rehearsal, Trent has hand selected a song for everyone who was ever involved. This list is way too long to fit on the page by itself, so it can be accessed below:
Trent's 1999-2015 Soundtrack
At an (itp) performance, audience members are allowed to safely discuss pertinent issues that are often not afforded the time and space for public examination and reflection. (itp) allows people to take a step back and think: Is this really how I want my community to be? And what's even more amazing, is that (itp) also provided the tools and supports for a community members to become actively involved in shaping the world around them. What a gift that is! On a single night, in a single performance an audience member at an (itp) program is ever so subtly reminded that they have a voice that can help change the world.
Thank you all so much for another amazing performance last week. I am always so engaged and amazed by the conversations you manage to draw out of a group.
I have attended a number of performances by the Interactive Theatre Project, and I consider them one of the outstanding educational/cultural resources available to the CU student body and the community. They accomplish audience engagement in a unique way that otherwise does not happen on serious and controversial issues, requiring people to think and consider perspectives other than their own.
Again after 30 years in the business I have never seen anything like it. That is the day that I decided to become involved in interactive theatre. It is wonderful teaching and learning for the performers (faculty) and the audience (students, community and faculty). I only wish two things – I wish I had found it earlier in my career, and I wish I was doing more of it. Oh also, I wish more of us were doing it for ourselves and for our students.