Center for Teaching and Learning

Theater for Change UW

Theater for Change UW (TfC UW) uses interactive and participatory theater to advance community dialogue and address issues related to classroom and institutional climate. 

We use Theater of the Oppressed and other participatory theater approaches to:

  • Generate and rehearse a variety of responses to challenging situations related to inequity, institutional climate, and interpersonal conflicts.
  • Advance dialogue among faculty, students, staff educators, and administrators about issues of power, privilege, and oppression that affect us all.
  • Promote performance and arts-based pedagogies (i.e., active learning and multi-modal approaches) in educational settings.
  • Co-create inclusive and equitable teaching and learning environments.

TfC UW is a collaboration between the Center for Teaching and Learning and Memory War Theater, a Seattle-based theater company devoted to personal and community transformation through performing arts, partnerships and education.

Since 2012, TfC UW has engaged hundreds of audience members in intersectional, critical dialogue on issues such as White Privilege, Racism, Heterosexism, Policed Bodies, Socioeconomic Classism, Ableism, and Microaggressions.

Interested in learning more about TfC’s work?

Watch the 2019 EduTalks presentation: A Place Called School. Tikka Sears, Elba Moise, Debi Talukdar and Sooz Stahl of UW Theater for Change share their work using interactive theater to identify and interrupt moments of oppression, advance community dialogue and imagine possibilities for positive change in schools.