Arielle Lever

Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2010

Capstone Advisor

Steve Cross

Honors Reader

Lisa Nicholas

Capstone Major


Capstone College

Visual and Performing Arts

Audio/Visual Component


Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Acting | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies


For my Capstone Project, I chose to teach drama in Port St. Johns, a rural village in South Africa. My original intent was to develop a drama curriculum to implement at the Sisonke School, a local primary school and the Eluxoweni Boys Home, a nearby orphanage for boys. I spent the summer researching Augosto Boal’s work and ultimately developed the curriculum based on my research, past teaching experience, and material I had learned as a student here in the drama department. My original goal was to have some sort of final production, to give the children the empowering tool of putting on a production solely based on their creativity; on their mind, body, voice, and imagination. While we did accomplish this goal, I could never have anticipated the many happy accidents that occurred during my time in South Africa, which ultimately led to the jumpstart of several theater projects in the community. My work over the month included conducting 5-7 hours worth of drama classes per week at the school, a final production, dramatherapy workshops at the orphanage, maskwork, street theater, interactive educational skits, and teacher training workshops. I also developed a method to use drama as a form of conflict mediation and resolution. Although I was not able to fulfill the sustainability model of creating a program that could function without my facilitation, I did learn the importance of using theater as a vehicle to help others help themselves.

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