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Rehearsing Change visits colleges and universities across the USA

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Pachaysana: Arts fos Social Change in the Ecuadorian Amazon

"Rehearsing Change" Fall Tour

Over the period of 6 weeks, in September and October, Pachaysana's Executive Director, Daniel Bryan, visited several universities in the US. In addition to promoting our Rehearsing Change study abroad program in classes and fairs, Daniel took considerable time to lead presentations and workshops with students, faculty and staff. The majority of his sessions asked participants to consider Story as a means for bridging the divide between local and global development. As you will see in the images, the work usually culminates with "on your feet" activities that allow participants to engage what we call the Creative Dialogue. To see what colleges Daniel visited, go to our News page.

Pachaysana: Arts fos Social Change in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Acting... Action... Activism


Rehearsing Change is just what it sounds like. If we see something in the world that we believe needs to be changed, we can't just walk out there and make the change, especially when such change affects different communities and cultures. There is an endless amount of human stories that are in play and our passion to make the world a better place will certainly have unanticipated consequences. By treating change as an ever-developing story, we can interact with it as if we were creating theatre. We open a safe space, similar to a rehearsal room, where participants of the story can more effectively identify, as well as understand, the situation. Our rehearsal connects us with the characters, place and conflict.

Although most of our work to date has focused on undergraduates (and local community members), this particular tour included numerous interventions with graduate students. In the photo above-left, we see some daring Brandeis grad students (from their excellent Heller School for Social Policy) getting out of their heads and on to their feet. As one student put it, "this methodology helps ground all that we are learning in our International Development classes." The smaller photos show freshmen at American University, where our workshop was integrated as part of their "Theatre as Protest" course.

The first photos of the newsletter show work with The Ohio State University, where a multidisciplinary group of students, faculty and staff joined in our 2-hour presentation/workshop. Click here to read an article about the visit.  Special thanks to their Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Asst Professor Dr. Michelle Wibbelsman.
Pachaysana: Arts fos Social Change in the Ecuadorian Amazon

"Oil & Water" project at Brown University


At Brown University, Daniel led a 3-day workshop that applied Rehearsing Change methodology to the the university's First Readings Project. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College and the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, participants explored the themes of this year's First Reading, which was actually a documentary film, Oil & Water. The film examines some very tough issues as related to interventionism in the Ecuadorian Amazon, mostly its effects on the environment and indigenous communities. Our goal was to find ways to engage the topics at a personal level. Check out one participant's Environmental Slam Poem, "Short Sighted Eyes" 
Pachaysana: Arts fos Social Change in the Ecuadorian Amazon

Don't forget about our Rehearsing Change study abroad program. 


Applications are closed for spring 2015, but we are now accepting for fall 2015!

REHEARSING CHANGE: Empowering Locally, Educating Globally is a semester-long, community-based, Fair Trade Learning study abroad program in the Ecuadorian Amazon that employs methodologies in Critical Pedagogy, Arts for Social Transformation, Participatory Research and Experiential/Service Learning to bridge the divide between study abroad and community development. Go on line to read about our amazing courses, faculty and host community.

We encourage you to view a video that highlights the dual-perspective of our Fair Trade Learning model. This video will be featured in a later newsletter.
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