Rehearsals for Life – Earnest Storytelling and Interactive Scenarios to Break Down Social Barriers

Rehearsals for Life, a project of the Office of the Dean of Students and the UO Graduate School, utilizes scenario-based learning founded on the model of Theatre of the Oppressed as a tool for dialogue and social change.

Rehearsals for Life (RfL) uses an innovative interactive method to break down cultural and social inequalities, barriers, and stereotypes through earnest storytelling of real experiences and reenacted scenarios that put the observer on the spot. Abigail Leeder, the founder of Rehearsals for Life, knows that peer education and interactive scenarios can play a valuable role in “shaping campus culture and in generating solutions to complex issues”. She recognizes the mounting pressures that students face on campus and in the world and she wants to find innovative ways to meet and address these needs. Rehearsals for Life is one of those methods.

Graduate Students from a variety of different disciplines are involved with RfL as it creates opportunities for troupe members to connect with colleagues and professionals outside of their department while building important communication skills. Their performances are essential to a thoughtful, purposeful discussion of what race, inequality, and oppression looks like and how it can be combated in everyday situations in and outside of the University of Oregon.

RfL is recruiting actors for next year. Please contact Abigail Leeder aleeder@uoregon.edu with questions.

 

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