Theatre and Conflict Resolutions Strategies: Workshop with Dr. Guila Kessous


Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 1:00pm


Farkas Hall, 10-12 Holyoke Street, 303

Presented by: Theater, Dance & Media
Free and open to Harvard students. Registration required>

The seminar will explore the connection between theater and conflict resolutions strategies using methods of acting through positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar's techniques), art of negotiation (William Ury's techniques) and executive communication skills (Marjorie North's techniques). Using among others theatre forum methods by Augusto Boal, the students will focus on interpersonal communication through theatre games (role games in the situation). The mission of such seminar is to develop a social conscious of solution-focused, respectful, non-exploitative and empowering, and therefore, ethical relationships using drama techniques that lean on an introduction to the process of integrative decision-making model of ethical behavior.

Guila Clara holds a State Diploma in Performing Art, an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University. Recipient of two awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Harvard University Bok Center, she created the seminar “Theater and Human Rights” at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at the Political Sciences Institute in Paris.

She has combined her theatre experience in fields such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury) and Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North). She is currently experimenting with the concept of « management creativity » from Augusto Boal’s theories and has a specialization in CSR and Ethics in the business world (including her studies in ethics pursued under her PhD direction by Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel). 

For her dedication in Arts and Human Rights, she was awarded the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2012. She was recently awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture.