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GCC Brazil—Theatre and Incarceration

Photo submitted by Eddie Williams.
  • City: Rio de Janeiro 
  • & Florianópolis
  • Term: Winter course with field component during Spring.
  • Instruction in: English

The nation of Brazil has a long history of using theatre as a vehicle to discuss and promote social justice causes. On this 3-week Global Course Connections (GCC), learn how theatre can support community dialogue and social change. 

On-campus component: THTREMUS 335/605 (3 credits) — Examine plays written by and about prisoners, explore narratives of the creation of theatre in prisons, and put their efforts to use by utilizing strategies for creating performances in prisons, questioning the utility and goals of each process of creation and seeking to identify those which are most sustainable and which best serve participants in the process.

Off-campus component: THTREMUS 336/536 (2 credits) — In Brazil, students will collaborate with Brazilian theatre students and faculty while attending theatre classes at UniRio and observing the theatre work being done not just in Brazilian prisons but also in the Maré favela and in two hospitals in Rio de Janeiro. Learn about what theatre can accomplish in non-traditional settings and why people engage in performance practices in these challenging contexts.

The Prison Creative Arts Project trains students to facilitate arts workshops in prisons, juvenile detention centers, and community settings, bringing together crime victims, former prisoners, and their families.

The program is led and taught by Ashley Lucas of the Residential College and the Prison Creative Arts Project.