This subproject examines Theatre in Education programs and will focus, specifically, on projects in Mexico and Sub-Saharan Africa. In both of these places, theatre is often utilized by local and regional authorities, as well as national and international organizations, to make targeted social interventions, which focus on continuing education, empowerment, health, and the prevention and resolution of conflict.

The research focuses on the following questions:

  • What are the aesthetic concepts on which Theatre in Education is based?
  • Which assumptions underlie both the practice-based initiatives and the aesthetic models on which they are based?
  • What is the relationship between these expectations and actual practice?
  • Are there unexpected outcomes?

By focussing our analyses on selected sites, it will be possible to trace influences from particular theatrical traditions – beyond common examples such as Bertolt Brecht's Epic Theatre or Augusto Boal's Invisible Theatre and Forum Theatre. We will investigate the development of new aesthetic forms that emerge out of the application and combination of various theatre techniques, and also the socio-political impact of these new forms.