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EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is the second in an occasional feature series on the arts

and global learning. The first article, "Designing Solutions," was published
in the July/August 2016 issue of International Educator.

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S A JUNIOR AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY

in Washington, D.C., Stephanie Kridlo
was trying to determine what her study
abroad program would look like. She knew that going to another country had the potential to be life
changing, and she weighed her options carefully.
"I was planning to go to a well-established
program in Chile when I got an e-mail about 'Rehearsing Change,'" Kridlo says of an Ecuador-based
program that uses theatre to promote social justice
issues. "Somehow, I knew that if I opened the email it would change my mind, and it did. It was
one of the most formative experiences of my life."
Education abroad programs are, by their very
nature, designed to provide immersive experiences in other cultures and countries to college
students. Increasingly, higher education drama
programs are offering international experiences
for their students through academic exchanges and
education abroad opportunities that focus on skill
development and, more broadly, on social justice
and global issues in the developing world.
"Every society has its own way of telling stories,"
says Reynolds Whalen, founder and executive director of Performing Arts Abroad, an organization
that offers study abroad opportunities directly to
students. "Theatre is not only a unique way to understand a society, but drama is one of the most
detailed or in-depth ways to see how a group of
people tell their story. It's of value to anyone, not
just theatrical practitioners, who want to understand a place better."

"Embodying a Character Mirrors
the Study Abroad Experience"
Interest in education abroad programs has steadily
grown over the past two decades, thanks in part
to millennials who've been raised in an always
connected, online world that takes instant global
communication almost for granted. What college
students discover through these programs, however,
is that there's no substitute for real-life experience.
"The theatrical endeavor of embodying a character, exploring something outside your ordinary
existence, perfectly mirrors the study abroad experience," Whalen says. "You are making a choice to have
an experience outside your everyday life by going
abroad, and doing both at the same time is the ultimate experiment in getting out of your comfort zone."
One advantage to studying abroad, especially
for theatre students, is they get to "perform in
places where things happen," says Joseph Lennon,
director of the Irish studies program at Pennsylvania's Villanova University. Lennon, Villanova's new
associate dean for global initiatives in the College
of Arts and Sciences, is in charge of a summer
internship exchange program with the Abbey
Theatre in Dublin.
"American students know about site specific
work," Lennon says. "They want to go to places
and perform in spaces where you are outside the
traditional theatre setting. We've created the sense
that you need to go to other places rather than have
the other places come to you, so you can see and
experience what they are like."

Students and faculty take performing global
as study abroad programs focused on drama show audiences
how to view history in a new light, learn about social justice
issues more deeply, heal wounds from genocide in Rwanda,
and heal from apartheid in South Africa.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2016

From the Editor
In Brief
Voices
Act Globally
Tradition and History
Health and Insurance
Education Abroad
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
In Focus
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