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been involved in five productions, a mixture of American
plays and revues adapted to English.
"The drama group operates outside the college's curriculum and aims to bring both home and guest students
together using English language theatre as the medium," Treanor says. "As the facilitator/director, I have tried to encourage
them to bring as much as possible from their own backgrounds and traditions into rehearsals and performances."
Treanor says the program is "continuing to take on
its own existence," noting that he is stepping back and
allowing students to run the productions, four of which
are planned in 2016-17. Students will perform in Oscar
Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Eve Ensler's The
Vagina Monologues, Alice Gerstenberg's Overtones, and
a series of Shakespeare adaptations.
As an instructor, Montgomery is "always amazed at the
things I hadn't considered before" when working abroad.
As an example, he points to a recent experience at the
Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where
instructor Liselle Terret was creating a show featuring
adults with disabilities.
"Some of the disabilities were pretty extreme, and
as they were getting close to the performance, we had a
chance to work with the cast. We were in the room with
them and we were part of that process," he says. "I saw how
gentle Liselle was with them while continuing to challenge
them, navigating that delicate balance, and it taught me a
great lesson in how to facilitate this kind of work. What she
drew from those cast members was really, really inspiring."
The London-based CAPA International Education, a
study abroad provider, has courses for U.S. undergraduates on "understanding the possibilities of theatre." Taught
by playwright Michael Punter, head of CAPA's theatre
education program, the course is designed for students
from "a range of backgrounds."
"I teach theatre as an urban phenomenon from Ancient Athens to now, via Early Modern London and
revolutionary Paris. It's all about how the city talks to itself
about itself," Punter says. "In the final two weeks of each
semester, I show how theatre techniques can be used in

"In the final two weeks of each semester,
I show how theatre techniques
can be used in classrooms and work places
to get people thinking about
challenging models of behavior."

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classrooms and work places to get people thinking about
challenging models of behavior."
Punter works with acting students enrolled in the
Guthrie program at University of Minnesota. This past
spring, the students performed his original play, American Soviet, that examined the work of female spies in the
1930s. In November, as part of the cultural exchange between the university and CAPA, the students will create
and perform a play focusing on civil rights at the Street
Studio Theatre in London.
"One of the best pieces of this is theatre is inherently
collaborative," Whalen says. "It's not the standard, 'We're
going to teach you one thing and this is how you have to
do that one thing.' Theatre is uniquely positioned to be a
give and take of what you can do with a community instead of what you do for a community. Both sides benefit
from your presence."

Theater for Good: Reaching Prison
Inmates through Drama
Ashley Lucas became interested in prison life in an effort
to understand her father, who spent two decades incarcerated in the state of Texas. Little did she know that the
interest would turn into a passion that would take her to
36 cities in eight countries, and lead to a lifelong passion
for working with inmates and their family members from
around the world.
"My father always had a really hard time talking about
what life was like in prison, especially to me because I was
his younger child. We were always in constant contact, but
I knew very little about what his life was like in a practical way," Lucas says. "When I started doing my research,
I didn't know any other families who were going through
this, and then I found that there were 2.3 million people at
the time who were affected in ways similar to me."
Lucas, now a theatre professor at the University of Michigan's Residential College, wrote a one-woman play, Doin'
Time: Through the Visiting Glass. She interviewed family
members, former prisoners, and people connected to prison work, and has since performed the play both inside and
outside prisons in the United States, Ireland, and Canada.
Now the director of the university's Prison Creative
Arts Project (PCAP), she has led students on several
trips to Brazil to learn more about the arts in facilities
there. Before leaving for Brazil, students must take a prerequisite course that focuses on the history of theatre
in prisons around the world and provides them with
safety training. They then help facilitate arts workshops
in adult and juvenile treatment and detention facilities
in Michigan before they go to Brazil, where PCAP has a
partnership with the federal university.



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