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Thursday, May 16 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Rethinking Democracy: Yes, and… as a tool to strengthen civic discourse

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As the world becomes increasingly polarized and reactionary, we need to develop caring and decent ways to engage disagreements, debate contentious and difficult issues (poverty, climate, war, gender), and strengthen democracy. Improvisation and play are essential tools in the creation of performance activism, a new movement for radical democracy. In this 60-minute workshop we will explore how applied improvisation training methods and improv-based teaching can bridge differences and promote the types of civic engagement and civil discourse our world urgently needs. We will lead games, exercises and the performance of a philosophical and political discussion about new possibilities through play.

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Marian Rich

Owner, Career Play Inc.
Marian Rich (USA) is a comic educator and improvisational performer. Trained as an actress, improviser and theatrical director, Marian has spent over 30 years building innovative educational environments where people from all walks of life come together to grow and develop. A performance... Read More →
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Don Waisanen

Associate Professor, Baruch College, CUNY
Don Waisanen (USA) is an Associate Professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speech training, communication strategy, and seminars on leadership, storytelling... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:45pm - 4:45pm BST
Studio 3 (G171) Grove, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT