Call for Facilitators
The Anna Deavere Smith Pipeline Project, in partnership with the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, is looking for dialogue facilitators for a unique audience engagement experience.
For more than 20 years, Anna Deavere Smith’s pioneering documentary performances have given voice to communities in crisis. Her new work, Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education (http://americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/notes-field-doing-time-education) dramatizes the disturbing intersection between America's public education and criminal justice systems. The expression “school-to-prison pipeline” refers to the way in which poor children are pushed out of school and onto pathways to prison.
The three-act structure is a traditional form of many plays. In this play, Smith is dedicating one full act to audience discussion. In Act I, Smith performs the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America's school-to-prison-pipeline.
In Act II, audiences join small-group facilitated conversations about the themes of the show. Smith’s play invites everyday citizens to imagine a better future. This performance offers the audience time and space to step into the conversation. After which, the audience comes back into the theater for a final coda performance by Smith.
Schedule and Scope
Facilitators should expect to commit to participating in a minimum of 15 performances. Expect to be at the theater from 6:30pm-10:00pm (evening performance) or 1:00pm-4:30pm (matinee performance) for each show. Facilitators will be paid $50 per performance.
Performances begin August 20 and end on September 17
Facilitators are expected to:
- attend training and community building sessions prior to the start date;
- carry out the Pipeline Project methodology as taught;
- attend to light logistical needs as they arise during the performances.
The ideal facilitator will have the following attributes:
- have experience with dialogue facilitation or leadership/community development;
- have an understanding of and comfort with conversations about social justice;
- be empathetic and welcoming to all points of view;
- be conscious of time and timekeeping;
- understand popular education theories;
- be connected to local community;
- be interested in building community with other facilitators;
- be flexible and able to adapt to changes quickly.
To apply, please complete this application: https://form.jotform.com/62037905835156
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis so please submit the form as soon as possible, but no later than August 5th.
After a review of the applications, final candidates will meet with Anna Deavere Smith for an in-person interview in early August.