Journal of Conscious Evolution


Scott, John


This paper discusses how using theater and the creative arts can be a useful tool in changing ourselves and communities for the better. I will also offer examples of using Theater of the Oppressed structures in youth community settings, linking these case examples to concepts of uncertainty, enaction, and transformation. This paper will also offer examples of challenges in facilitating and participating in this community based creative arts work. I will then speak to the urgency of using this creative work in our American systems, arguing that theater and the creative arts can support both young people and adults in exploring and interrupting stagnant, oppressive patterns of racism, classism, homophobia, sexism, etc. I will conclude with suggestions on where to go next with using these creative arts processes, offering current examples of crisis and anxiety.