Sanctuary Stage artists work with college students to develop original devised work in Community Engaged Theater-Making and collaborative projects focusing on the relationship between Director, Actor, Playwright. These projects bring students and community members together in the development of original scripts and public performances.
Community Engaged Theater Making course, miniaturizes the typical twelve-month process of creating a socially engaged mainstage play to a ten-week academic quarter. The course focuses on the process and methodology of creating an original play based on the experiences of people found within a specific community. Students learn the relationship-building skills essential in maintaining community partnerships and interview and group story-circle techniques. Mutual mentorship becomes an essential component of the course work. Basic playwriting and devised ensemble performance making skills are at the heart of the course. We train students to understand that this work is concerned with creating an engaging experience that authentically reflects the diversity of the surrounding communities.
Play-In-A-Day event is an annual event created in 2008 by Sanctuary Stage co-founder, Dan Stone, and myself. During this event playwrights, directors and actors work collaboratively to write, direct, rehearse and perform ten-minute plays. Under a universal theme, all plays are created within a 24-hour period and performed for a live audience, followed by a Q&A.