ArtsPraxis Volume 2, Issue 1, 2010


ArtsPraxis Volume 2, Issue 1, 2010

ISSN: 1552-5236

The second issue of ArtsPraxis reflects on and responds to the issues raised during The NYU Forum on Ethnotheatre and Theatre for Social Justice (2006). This forum was part of an ongoing series NYU is hosting on significant issues that impact on the broad field of educational and applied theatre. Previous forums have been dedicated to teaching artistry (2005) and assessment in arts education (2003). Ethnotheatre references applied theatre presentations powered by authentic human stories. Theatre for Social Justice aims to elevate discourse on diversity and inclusion. The NYU Forum on Ethnotheatre and Theatre for Social Justice explored how theatre contributes to culture and politics.

Key questions the Forum addressed included:

• What is theatre for social justice and what contribution does ethnotheatre make to social discourse?
• How can ethnotheatre operate as a qualitative research method?
• Is there an ethnotheatre aesthetic?
• Who are the beneficiaries of theatre for social justice and ethnotheatre?
• How is Theatre for Social Justice, in its diverse manifestations, reflected in our arts education research practices?
• What are some of the ethical issues involved when we use theatre as a tool in qualitative research?

Contributions were not limited to participants in the Forum. We encouraged article submissions from interdisciplinary artists and scholars across the many fields in which this innovative arts-based research methodology was being employed. Our goals were to motivate a dialogue among a wide variety of practitioners and researchers that would enrich the development of ethnotheatre and expose new audiences and communities to the transformative power of theatre for social justice.

Dr. Christina Marín, New York University
Guest Editor

Editorial Board:

• Tom Barone, Arizona State University
• Judith Burton, Teachers’ College, Columbia University
• Richard Colwell, University of Illinois
• Dipti Desai, New York University
• David Elliott, New York University
• Lawrence Ferrara, New York University
• Madeleine Grumet, The University of North Carolina
• Barbara Hesser, New York University
• Robert Landy, New York University
• Cecily O’Neill, The Ohio State University

Call for Papers

Papers were no longer than 4,000 words, accompanied by a 200 word abstract and 100 word biographies for the author(s), and conformed to APA style manual.

Reviewing Procedures

Each article was sent to two peer reviewers. They provided advice on the following:

• Whether the article should be published with no revisions/with revisions.
• The contribution the article makes to the arts community.
• Specific recommendations to the author about improving the article.
• Other publishing outlets if the article is considered unacceptable.