Feb. 11, 2014 (Snow date Feb. 13), 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

at the Mariposa Museum, 26 Main Street, Peterborough, NH.


In this innovative workshop offered jointly by the Mariposa Museum and the NH Theatre Project, educators will gain experience in using “playback theatre” as a tool for exploring cultural perceptions and experiences. Playback theatre is an exciting technique that incorporates storytelling, oral history and docu-drama. Participants will be encouraged to mine their memories, share their stories, and then step into each others’ shoes as stories are enacted on the spot. Teachers will learn to facilitate classroom exercises that are engaging and that break down barriers between cultural groups, enhance awareness of one’s own cultural biases, and build cross-cultural understanding and empathy. Perceptions linked not only to ethnicity and nationality but also to gender, class, age, and power will be explored.

The workshop is free thanks to support from the NH Humanities Council. CEUs available. Among the social studies curriculum standards addressed are Geography 4, US/NH History 5 and World History 2.