Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term applied theatre.

On applied theatre’s official page, we define the term as “what happens when a group of people working in community use the techniques of drama and theatre to address an issue of social concern.” But now we want to know what applied theatre means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— Have you ever participated in an applied theatre workshop or performance? What was it like?

— Do you teach or study applied theatre or the work of an applied theatre artist like Augusto Boal? If so, why are you excited by the field?

— Which questions do you think applied theatre is best equipped to ask?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term applied theatre, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor