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2013 Diversity Summit

February 28, 2014 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

William W. Philip Hall
at the University of Washington Tacoma
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About the summit

Have you ever witnessed or experienced an act of oppression — sometimes overt, sometimes subtle, and yet always powerful?  When these situations take place, many of us do not intervene or respond, or perhaps we do something that, later on, we wished we had done differently or more effectively.

The Diversity Resource Center invites you to experience interactive plays co-written and performed by members of the Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (ITPP). ITPP uses interactive theater — with a focus on Theater of the Oppressed methods — to create collective spaces that promote engagement in difficult dialogues, critical thinking, and taking action for change.

Interactive theater disrupts the traditional divide between actors and audience, both physically and verbally. Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.), a type of interactive theater, was developed by Brazilian theatre practitioner and activist Augusto Boal and greatly influenced by educator and philosopher Paulo Freire.  T.O. approaches use theater as a vehicle for promoting social and institutional change; the audience becomes activated as “spect-actors” and engages in collaborative dialogue, reflection, and problem-solving.  

The interactive Forum Theater plays are based on lived experiences with discrimination, oppression, and privilege — issues that affect the lives of UW students, staff, and faculty every day. In Forum Theater, plays are performed once without interruption, and then repeated, allowing spect-actors to enter the scene, take on a character, and alter the play’s outcome. The ITPP Players will perform two Forum Theater plays exploring issues related to privilege, stereotyping, and silencing.

As a community of learner-educators, we will reflect on these issues, generate strategies for responding to oppression, and practice interventions. Thank you for joining us to engage with and enact on UW commitments to mentoring, inclusivity, diversity, access, and equity.

About ITPP

Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project (ITPP) is a collaboration between the UW Center for Teaching and Learning and Memory War Theater.

ITPP Co-Directors:

Theresa RonquilloTheresa Ronquillo is an Instructional Consultant at the UW Center for Teaching and Learning. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the UW School of Social Work. Her interests and skills are in the areas of inclusive teaching and learning, curricular and social transformation, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, creative and arts-based pedagogical practices, and community-based experiential learning. Theresa is an Affiliate Faculty with the UW School of Social Work and UW Southeast Asia Center, and Participating Faculty in the UW Center for Performance Studies.

Tikka SearsTikka Sears is Artistic Director of Memory War Theater. She is also Outreach Coordinator and lecturer for the Southeast Asia Center at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International studies where she teaches and designs workshops, courses and resources on Southeast Asian arts and culture. Tikka was a Fulbright-Artist-In-Residence in Indonesia for two years and has received grants from the US Embassy, the American-Indonesian Exchange Foundation, Artist Trust, the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Humanities Washington and 4Culture.


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Buffalo Wild Wings
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University Bookstore
Metro Coffee
Renaissance Cafe
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Summit schedule

Schedule is subject to change.

8 – 8:30 a.m.

Registration / Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.


8:40 - 8:50 a.m.


8:50 – 9 a.m.

ITPP Introductions

9 – 11:30 a.m.

ITPP process, performance/re-performances, and deconstruction of experience

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.

Lunch (with facilitated conversations)

12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

ITPP process, performance/re-performances, and deconstruction of experience

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Summit surveys

2:45 – 3 p.m.

Closing remarks and prizes

Diversity Resource Center Mission:
The Diversity Resource Center strives to create a welcoming and inclusive campus environment that enables all members of the UW Tacoma community to learn through the exploration of human differences.

University of Washington Tacoma Mission:
The University of Washington Tacoma educates diverse learners and transforms communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.
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