Digital Storytelling, Applied Theatre, & Youth

Performing Possibility

By Megan Alrutz

© 2015 – Routledge

152 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Digital Storytelling, Applied Theatre, & Youth argues that theatre artists must re-imagine how and why they facilitate performance practices with young people. Rapid globalization and advances in media and technology continue to change the ways that people engage with and understand the world around them. Drawing on pedagogical, aesthetic, and theoretical threads of applied theatre and media practices, this book presents practitioners, scholars, and educators with innovative approaches to devising and performing digital stories.

This book offers the first comprehensive examination of digital storytelling as an applied theatre practice. Alrutz explores how participatory and mediated performance practices can engage the wisdom and experience of youth; build knowledge about self, others and society; and invite dialogue and deliberation with audiences. In doing so, she theorizes digital storytelling as a site of possibility for critical and relational practices, feminist performance pedagogies, and alliance building with young people.

Table of Contents

Chapter One: Digital Storytelling as an Applied Theatre Praxis

POWER ON THE LINE: PERSONAL NARRATIVES MOVE PEOPLE

GENERATIVE INTERSECTIONS: DIGITAL STORYTELLING AND

APPLIED THEATRE

DIGITAL STORYTELLING: A BRIEF OVERVIEW

APPLIED DRAMA AND THEATRE: A BRIEF OVERVIEW

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL: INTEGRATING APPLIED THEATRE AND DIGITAL STORYTELLING

DIGITAL STORYTELLING AS AN APPLIED THEATRE PRAXIS

MEDIATED REPRESENTATIONS: BENEFITS OF AN INTEGRATED PRAXIS

ATTENDING TO YOUTH STORIES: PREPARATION, PRODUCTION AND

PRESENTATION

Chapter Two: Engaging the Wisdom and Experience of Youth

TAKING YOUTH CREATIVE PRACTICES SERIOUSLY

CRITICALLY ENGAGED PEDAGOGY AND PRACTICE

INTENTIONAL COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE

POETIC DEVISING AND AGENTIVE SELVES

Chapter Three: Building Knowledge About Self, Others, & Society

SOCIAL AND RELATIONAL PRACTICES

STORIES AS KNOWLEDGE AND PERSPECTIVE

MAKING MEANING ABOUT SELF, OTHERS, AND SOCIETY

DOUBLE DIAMOND DESIGN AND DELIBERATION

POSSIBILITIES FOR KNOWLEDGE AND BELONGING

TOWARD NEW KNOWLEDGE

Chapter Four: Inviting Dialogue and Deliberation with Audiences

SOMETHING IS HAPPENING HERE

AFFECTIVE ENGAGEMENTS

DRAMATURGY OF AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION: FRAMEWORKS FOR

DIALOGUE AND DELIBERATION

EXTENDING ALLIANCES WITH INVITED AUDIENCES

Chapter Five: Performing Possibility

ARE YOU PART OF A MOVEMENT?

TOWARD COALITIONAL CONSCIOUSNESS

POLITICS OF PERFORMANCE

THE PROMISE OF POSSIBILITY

About the Author

Megan Alrutz is Assistant Professor of Applied Theatre and Community Engagement at The University of Texas, Austin.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER019000
PERFORMING ARTS / Storytelling