Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A27. Theatre and Social Change

Theatre is a mirror for society to see and experience itself. Watching a well-made play forces us to think, sometimes makes us weep, and hopefully reveals to us the complexity of what it means to be human. This live experiment generates empathy, for ourselves and for others. The class will investigate how theatre can be used as a tool to help communities talk about difficult issues regarding race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, class, religion, and politics. We will study contemporary playwrights who explore controversial issues within their plays and explore how to engage our wider community in dialogue and in deepening our collective ability to listen, to see, and to understand one another. We will build a collaborative community amongst ourselves, share our work with the larger Wheaton community, discover our unique social and political voice, and create unique ways for the Wheaton community to discuss difficult issues in a new way.

Stephanie Burlington DanielsStephanie Burlington Daniels
Associate Professor of Theatre