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Applied Theatre: A Novel Technique for Helping Organizations to Manage Change

Applied Theatre: A Novel Technique for Helping Organizations to Manage Change
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Author(s): Pedro Vaz (Independent Researcher and Applied Theatre Practitioner, Spain) and Nicholas Clarke (EADA Business School, Spain)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 16
Source title: Evidence-Based Initiatives for Organizational Change and Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Robert G. Hamlin (University of Wolverhampton, UK), Andrea D. Ellinger (The University of Texas at Tyler, USA) and Jenni Jones (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6155-2.ch014

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Abstract

This chapter describes applied theatre as an innovative and novel intervention for helping individuals and organizations to manage change. Applied theatre engages participants to understand their emotional responses to change and how they might respond more effectively to it. These processes are discussed through the legacy of Aristotle's ideas on emotional participation and Boal's Forum Theatre on engagement with groups and their empowerment. After a brief introduction to applied theatre methodology, the chapter presents key insights from interviews with five directors of applied theatre that highlight how they use their skills and competence in emotional awareness and emotional management in order to shape the emotional states of participants and achieve learning to cope with change. Finally, the authors highlight recent studies suggesting applied theatre can have positive impacts within a broad array of settings.

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