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Using Shadow Theatre to engage meaningfully with stories

  • Available as a half- or full-day learn-by-doing workshop, or an extended residency to create a show

In this workshop, you will learn techniques and develop skills for collaboratively creating and presenting shadow theatre performances about challenging stories. A story may be challenging because of its emotionally charged content—stories of oppression, trauma or injustice, for example.

Other stories may be so fantastical that they need a highly visual medium of storytelling.


The benefit of shadow theatre is that as people in a group negotiate with each other about how to express the meaning of a poem or story through shadow and light, they each connect with the meaning that the material has for them personally. Their work together invites creative contributions from everyone in the group and ultimately leads to a performance that they can share and discuss with an audience.

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