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Cornell theater group to visit

Scenarios designed to increase workplace and classroom awareness

An interactive theater group will visit Dartmouth to provide an opportunity for students, faculty and staff members to explore classroom and workplace issues related to diversity.

Cornell Interactive Theatre Ensemble (CITE) will be in residence from Tuesday, Nov. 2, through Friday, Nov. 5, and their visit will include several programs: a general audience session with two scenarios, a workshop for those interested in developing interactive theater training at Dartmouth, a training session for supervisors, a session for faculty members and students, and a program for facilitators devoted to sharing best practices and developing new skills.

"Virtually everyone who went to the CITE performances last year expressed enthusiasm for them," said Giavanna Munafo, Associate Director for Training and Educational Programs in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity. "I'm thrilled to bring them back for a more inclusive engagement."

The visit is co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity and the Department of Theater. A schedule of the group's performances and workshops, as well as a registration form, is online. Registration is also offered through e-mail at cite@dartmouth.edu or connie.bellavance@dartmouth.edu. Specify the session desired.

Tuesday, Nov. 2

9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Two Scenarios

"The Case of the Misdirected Email" (focusing on sexual harassment) and "No Time for Explanations" (focusing on workplace dynamics and status differences, back by popular demand)

The Bentley Theater (Hopkins Center lower level)

5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Behind the Scenes

Designed especially for those interested in incorporating interactive theatre into their work on campus, this workshop will include two parts: a discussion of the philosophy and technique that grounds CITE's approach to interactive theater, and an opportunity to get CITE's input on participants' interests or projects. CITE recommends but does not require that participants attend a CITE program prior to this event.

Wednesday, Nov. 3

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Level 2 Training for Supervisors

This day-long experience, designed for employees with supervisory responsibilities, includes two scenarios, "The Case of the Misdirected E-mail" (focusing on sexual harassment) and "The Joke" (focusing on inappropriate humor and respectful communication),  as well as skill-building role-plays built around "The Joke."

Thursday, Nov. 4

2 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

"Hang in There and Be Tough," a scenario especially designed for faculty members and students focusing on classroom climate, race and gender.

The Bentley Theater (Hopkins Center, lower level)

Friday, Nov. 5

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Facilitation Roundtable

Breakfast session for campus facilitators designed to allow participants to share collective wisdom on facilitation as a skill to lead people to their best selves. Vivian Relta, CITE Associate Director for Facilitation, will share some of her thoughts about facilitation: creating a climate of respectful dialogue, obstacles to achieving this climate, personal experiences and challenges. CITE recommends but does not require that participants attend a CITE program prior to this event.

By AMANDA WEATHERMAN

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Last Updated: 12/17/08