Fiona Harris
How do we perform connection? Theatre, vulnerability, and community catharsis on a small college campus.
Mentor: Dr. James McKinnon
How can we create empathy through theatre? I seek to find the connection between theatre, vulnerability, and communal consciousness through an interdisciplinary approach to the fields of theatre, social justice and creative writing. This talk centers the annual production of the show “Naked” on the Quest campus. Naked is rewritten each year by the people who participate in it as a way of addressing the invisibilized experiences that come from living in a feminine-presenting body. I will be discussing the show, the vulnerability that goes into performing, and how the performer’s catharses creates empathy and understanding within the Quest community.
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