Voice and Responsibility: Verbatim technique and Research exploration

“Voice and Responsibility: a praxis workshop on Verbatim technique and Research exploration”
Organizers: Kathleen Gallagher and Andrew Kushnir
Contact e-mail: Kathleen Gallagher (kathleen.gallagher@utoronto.ca‎) and Andrew Kushnir (Andrew@projecthumanity.ca).

The  workshop discusses and explores the challenges of representation and embodied practice in Verbatim theatre-making and in ethnographic research. How do we take care around the appropriation of voice, questions of power, and the authority of speaking? Is it possible or just to “take a walk in another person’s words” (Anna Deavere Smith, 2003)? Beginning from Kathleen and Andrew’s scholarly inquiry and creative practice through the sharing of some Towards Youth excerpts and filmed footage, we will invite participants to share their experiences and questions, to consider Verbatim Theatre as a storytelling form, and to explore some techniques together.


  • Deavere Smith, A. (2003). Twilight—Los Angeles 1992. New York: Dramatists Play Service Incorporated.
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