Under Bob's leadership, Social Action Theater has presented at the Ethnicity in American Education three times, International Third World Conference twice and Kappa Delta Pi Education Honorary Convocation once. SAT also performed at the 2009 Hmong National Conference this year making a total of seven international and national conferences.
The April 2009 Hmong Conference workshop has perhaps been the most exciting. Our performances were towards the end of multiple presentations for the weekend. Students and adults gathered in the room we were to present overshooting the 57 person room capacity by almost 30 people. The students were school aged (middle and high school) along with some university students from around the country. Benches from the hallways were brought in to accommodate the large crowd.
Our audience was very enthusiastic, replete with cameras and cell phone recorders. There was ample and insightful audience participation. We began with short power point we had prepared for the conference. The presentation described what SAT was and the processes we go through to train students to develop and present skits.
Three SAT students along with Bob performed a skit and audience members asked questions of the actors as they stayed in their roles. We then had varying members of the audience present four skits This turned out really well as the actors spoke in English and Hmong--the audience really was captured.
After those skits the audience wanted to see what it was like to be a part of SAT so they were separated into four groups of 15-20 people. The groups were given 20 minutes to develop and write as skit based on the topics they were assigned. After 20 minutes each group performed their skits, partially in English, partially in Hmong. This was really a hit with the entire group and everyone enjoyed the performances.