Salvation Army - Chattanooga, TN


Tenika Dye · Arts Program Director Email for Info
Captain Jon-Phil Winter · Salvation Army 614 Corps Officer Email for Info

June 10, 2013

The Salvation Army's Corps 614's ReCreate Cafe Announces Applied Theatre Conference

Chattanooga, TN – The Salvation Army of Chattanooga's Corps 614's ReCreate Café  is to host Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre June 27-29, 2013 in partnership with the Applied Theatre Center (ATC) based in Greenville, SC.

Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre will consist of hands-on training that will introduce participants to the emerging field of Applied Theatre. It is open to individuals with theatrical training and experience as well as those without formal training but who are interested in using theatrical practices to serve individuals or groups in their communities.

Applied Theatre helps people understand their problems and rehearse solutions by addressing personal, psychological or spiritual needs, as well as social or political concerns shared by a group of people. The wide variety of Applied Theatre techniques will be introduced in the conference but the overview will allow participants to consider exploring Applied Theatre further. This conference will focus on two specific forms of Applied Theatre which are used widely around the world and have many applications in marginalized communities: Forum Theatre and Playback Theatre.

The conference will also explore the Playback Café in SC, which aims at building community and bringing healing to the homeless, people in recovery programs and people who are victims of abuse. "I'm excited to learn more about Playback Café. I hope I can bring this model to the work we are doing at The Salvation Army ReCreate Café," said Tenika Dye, ReCreate Café Artistic Director.

The training is facilitated by Dale Savidge, Ph.D., Applied Theatre Center Executive Director and Chair of the Department of Theatre at North Greenville University. He is a Greenville, SC-based theatre director, educator and entrepreneur. Dale holds a PhD in English and Theatre from the University of South Carolina. He is also the Executive Director of Christians in Theatre Arts (CITA), a non-profit networking organization.

There are a variety of registration options for adults and full time students ranging in cost from $50-$85. Registration includes meals, snacks, beverages and materials. On-site registration will be available if the conference is not at capacity. To register go to .

For more information or if your business is interested in providing scholarships for clients of The Salvation Army 614 Corps to participate in Exploring the Boundaries of Applied Theatre, contact Tenika Dye, ReCreate Café Artistic Director at 423-305-6208  or by email to .

About The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar spent is used to carry out those services in 5,000 communities nationwide.

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