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Winter/Summer Institute’s applied theatre-making process provides a space for exploration, interaction and collaboration with participants from vastly different cultures and backgrounds. We bring people together to question assumptions, engage in problem-solving dialogue, experiment with biases, improvise collective ideas and, most importantly, create fabulous theatre.

Creating Community Conversation: Weekend Residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Date: August 3rd - 6th 2017

Location: Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN

We teamed up with people in Chattanooga for a three-day intensive weekend residency, "Creating Community Conversations." Through workshops, dialogue, and play-making, we explored current social issues that affect the lives of Tennessee residents and our country as a whole. 

Co-sponsored by the Chattanooga State Community College Theatre Department, and working with local community arts and advocacy groups, this residency brought our collaborative theatre-making process to a region that, like our country as a whole, is deeply divided along political, religious, class, and racial lines.

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Chattanooga Update

The residency drew participants from across Chattanooga and included community organizers, neighborhood activists, professional actors, working-class youth and current and former students of Chattanooga State’s professional actor training program (our host and co-sponsor).  Below are just a few responses – what people felt was most significant to them or that they were taking away from the work we created together:

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WSI Field Guide

The residency also fueled progress on our WSI Field Guide – updates on that, along with more photos, reflections and videos will be posted on The Winter/Summer Institute (WSI) website in the New Year.