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May 9, 2023 Transforming Society Through Ensemble Actor Training

Nell Johnson

Marketing and Programs Engagement Manager

Girl Be Heard’s ensemble-moded is inspired and informed by Black feminists’ theory on social transformation. Our curriculum and education have drawn heavily on the works of bell hooks and Audre Lorde, among other Black feminists.

In this article published in Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for practitioners, academics, creative artists, and pedagogues to articulate research into performance training in all its diversity, the author, Dana Blackstone, interrogates community through the lens of bell hooks and Audre Lorde.

The author argues for ensemble actor training through compassion-based practices as a foundational practice for creating community in a feminist academic framework and positively impacting rehearsal and performance for ensembles in general.

Read the abstract and full article here.