The Applied Theatre Collective (ATC) is a registered not-for-profit organization headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.
We strive to unite diverse groups in order to build more just and durable peace predicated on equality and an understanding of the needs of those most vulnerable in society.
We are a group of peacebuilders and artists who use applied theatre techniques to establish creative space for dialogue, understanding, and relationship building at the grassroots and policy levels both at home and abroad. We aim to provide space for partners to enhance their resilience by discovering more peaceful and creative ways to advocate for their needs. We work together to develop strategies to achieve their goals.
Underrepresented communities; civil society including educators, artists, justice and human rights advocates, peacebuilders, and mediators; and policymakers.
INNOVATION: We believe good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone and seek to work with our partners to develop unique, multidisciplinary connections and strategies to help them address their needs.
COLLABORATION: We believe that working together is the necessary driver of problem-solving, creativity, and innovation. Therefore, we seek to forge partnerships and build relationships where collective learning can take place.
FLEXIBILITY: We believe in a reflective and responsive approach, adapting to both the specific needs of our partners and insights from careful monitoring and evaluation.
TRANSPARENCY: We believe in genuine, open, effective communication and are open to new perspectives and ideas. We ask the same of our partners.
SUSTAINABILITY: We seek medium- to long-term partnerships to ensure sufficient time to effect lasting change and to ensure that our partners can sustain this change beyond the lifecycle of our engagement.
APPLIED THEATRE: Applied theatre is an umbrella term for performative strategies that address specific social issues and foster dialogue and action around these issues. Strategies include: storytelling, devising, improvisation, Theatre of the Oppressed, process drama, theatre in education, refugee theatre, newspaper theatre, documentary theatre, immersive theatre, etc.
CREATIVE SPACE: Creative space gives participants a place to try out different roles and perspectives. A space where attitudes, beliefs, identities, and histories can be explored or let go without pressure or harm. It opens the door to reflect, empathize, and analyze, providing a safe place to examine hopes and concerns and rehearse the steps needed for change to take place. Central to this is ensuring that all participants are heard and understood. Because people learn in different ways, we employ a wide range of theatrical and other creative strategies to facilitate self-expression and communication among participants.
DIALOGUE: Dialogue is an exchange of ideas that requires sharing, listening, and a mutual to desire learn and grow.