Setting a Stage for the Community: Integrating Community Outreach with the Formal Stage

By Johan Esterhuizen.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Most community theatre takes place beyond formal theatre spaces. A case could be made for greater integration especially regarding training institutions.

Keywords: Formal Theatre Spaces, Integrating the Community

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.644MB).

Johan Esterhuizen

I am lecturer in the Drama Department charged largely with planning and co-ordination of the practical theatre arts course. This ranges from stage acting and directing to the electronic media course and theatre administration for both under and post-graduate students. I am also Director of the 430-seat University theatre complex. I have spent a career in the theatre, apart from a teaching stint at Forest School, London in the 70's. Before joining the University I was Head of Drama at the Cape Performing Arts Board. Although I still frequantly direct for the stage - and was awarded the Sanlam Best Director Award in 2004 - my passion lies in inter-active and community based theatre. I am part of a "seminar squad" which has met in various African countries since 1999 and is sponsored by DAAD and the Bayreuth African Insitute. I enjoy discussion forums immensely and try sharing my experiences with fellow academics, students and a range of theatre practitioners.

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