Dan Friedman wears many hats: Artistic Director of the Castillo Theatre, Associate Dean of the All Stars Project’s UX, co-convener of Performing the World, and our own Institute faculty. Recently, he added another — Visiting Lecturer at Harvard University where he is teaching a first-of-its-kind course in Performance Activism.
The class is a diverse, international grouping of 15 undergraduates and graduates from the US and Canada, Russia, South Africa, Wales and Yemen. Some are activists — already involved in everything from Black Lives Matter, to the fight for the minimum wage. Others are newly exploring.
In addition to asking students to go out into the community and find (and interview) performance activists in their midst — Dan plans to introduce them to a variety of leaders of this newly emerging field, who will join classroom discussion via the big screen.
Special guests over the semester will include: Dan Baron Cohen (Independent House of Rivers, Brazil), Elena Boukouvala (Play Is Hope, Greece) Peter Harris (Western Galilee Academic College, Israel), E.Patrick Johnson (Northwestern Univ.), Sanjay Kumar (Pandies Theatre, India), Sandra Paola Lopez (in2improv), Judith Marcuse (Int’l Centre of Art for Social Change, Canada), Jon Oram (Claque Theatre,UK), Michael Rohd (Center for Performance and Civic Practice), Alex Sutherland (theatre educator, South Africa), along with the Institute’s co-founder Lois Holzman and All Stars Project co-founder and Operation Conversation: Cops and Kids creator, Lenora Fulani.