FAQ

    What is Social Action Theater about?

    Social Action Theater originated to educate UW-La Crosse students and staff about diversity issues, but the group has outreached to other venues including but not limited to elementary schools, nursing homes, middle schools, professional settings, and high schools .  Under Robert Krajewski's guidance, the current emphasis is on advocating change and acceptance through awareness by confronting controversial issues openly. Students are encouraged to share their own experiences while developing the scripts, brainstorming new topics, and ultimately performing the skits.  Audience members are also encouraged participate actively through taking on character roles and openly discussing the topic being presented.



     

    Why is it Social Action Theater so effective?

    Skits are written to involve real issues, real people, in real situations. The nature of our performance is to provide spontaneous interaction between the presenter and the audience and open up an honest line of communication.  Presenters often play roles that are not necessarily congruent to their personalities, which allows the opportunity to experience life from a different perspective, a sort of 'walking in someone else's shoes.'  Presentations and interaction/ feedback sessions often are therapeutic, helping both presenters and their audiences to process their feelings after the performance.


    Who does Social Action Theater perform for?

    Social Action Theater is invited to perform in classes and residence halls at the University, and in schools, social and business agencies, and churches in the surrounding community and nationally. 



    What is the history of Social Action Theater?

    Social Action Theater (SAT), a student theatre/entree troupe begun at UW-La Crosse in 1993, has experienced a tremendous revival under the tutelage of current instructor Bob Krajewski, with support from UW-La Crosse Office of Diversity.



    How do typical performances run?

    Skits are short, usually 3-7 minutes in length, and are followed by a discussion session audience-students-in-roles.  Thus there is immediate feedback and audience involvement.  The spontaneous nature of the skits and interaction session brings a fresh feeling to the performances. Presentations and interaction/ feedback sessions often are therapeutic, helping both students and their audiences to process their feelings after the performance.




    Who can be involved with Social Action Theater?


    Any Student at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, Viterbo, or WWTC especially students enrolled in EFN 205 (Understanding Human Differences), have the option to take Social Action Theater to fulfill part of the class requirement. It is a one credit performing group that can be taken a maximum of three times for credit, or a student may volunteer to be part of Social Action Theater.



    How much does Social Action charge to come and perform?

    Social Action Theater does not charge to perform skits for audiences, but we will always welcome donations.

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