On Monday, December 12th, Connect Institute in collaboration with the US Embassy organized in Tiznit the first workshop on theatre for social change. Twenty-three university students (15 women and 8 men) participated in the workshop that was led by Sarah Rose Graber, performer and theatre teaching artist working in both US and the United Kingdom.
Sarah started the workshop at 10 a.m. by introducing herself to the participants, followed by some ice-breaking activities to help participants to get to know each other and buy into the purpose of the workshop. After that, Sarah explained to the participants what makes a story a good story and what are the types of stories. All that by engaging them and helping them to find answers to questions from their daily lives, the moments and experiences that impacted them. By the end of their discussion about stories, the participants had to work in teams to create and present a story on the stage. The four stories acted by four groups were characterized a great teamwork and progress by Sarah considering it was the result of a single day workshop.
It was noticeable the way the participants shifted from being very shy at the beginning of the workshop to becoming more open, engaging and enthusiastic throughout the day. The workshop ended after the participants’ performances with the group photo and the handing of the participation certificates.