Fear and embarrassment prevent frank and meaningful communication on the topic of sex. Participatory theatre can break the uncomfortable silence, and with over 700 performances across Canada, Jane Heather's award-winning play Are We There Yet? has been an effective tool for teaching teen sexuality since 1998. The play and accompanying educational program were the subject of a major impact assessment where researchers from many disciplines examined how and why theatre can make change. This comprehensive, well-organized volume by two leading experts in community-based theatre offers a rich diversity of material and analysis. Theatre, Teens, Sex Ed will be a valuable resource for academics, practitioners, and specialist readerships in the fields of theatre, sex education, sociology, and public health.
The play appears in the volume and is available separately as a reproducible PDF. A video production of examples of theatrical participation is included on a pocketed DVD.
Contributors: Shaniff Esmail, Brenda Munro, Tracy L. Bear, James McKinnon, and the Are We There Yet? Community-University Research Alliance.
Jan Selman is Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She directs contemporary and original theatrical work. Jane Heather is a playwright and Associate Professor in the Department of Drama at the University of Alberta. Both have worked extensively creating theatre for change in collaboration with communities.
using theatre to make change
Global Road Trip
1 gps / Theatre to Make Change
2 Internal Combustion / Sexual Health Education: Urgency and Strategies for Change // Shaniff Esmail, James McKinnon, and Brenda Munro
3 Teens Take the Wheel / Are We There Yet? The Play // Jane Heather
4 In the Driver’s Seat / Participatory Theatre: Shared Knowledge Making
collaborations for change / The Importance of Partnerships
5 Car Pooling / Community Partners and Alliances
6 Dual Drive / The Are We There Yet? Sexual Health Partner Roles
7 Customized / Adapting Are We There Yet? for Community Specificity
researching theatre for change / Interdisciplinary Research in Theatre for Change
8 Bridge Construction—Slow Ahead / Creating a Play from Community Research
9 Consumer Report / Yes, But Does it Work? Program Assessment // Shaniff Esmail, Brenda Munro, and James McKinnon
10 Car Toons // The Pedagogy of Laughter // James McKinnon
11 Rez Rides / Storytelling Revolution: Reaching Out to Aboriginal Youth // Tracy L. Bear
12 Modified Ride / Experiments and Explorations in Adaptation
13 It’s the Wheel Thing / What Can Theatre Do? And How Do We Know?
14 Where Are We Now? Are We There Yet?
2 Sexual Health
3 Community Meeting
4 Promoting the Are We There Yet? Program
5 The Are We There Yet? Community-University
Research Alliance Partners