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Theatre For Living: The Art and Science of Community-Based Dialogue Paperback – 10 Jan 2008

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About the Author

David Diamond is a 1975 graduate of the University of Alberta with a BFA in acting. He worked as a professional actor in theatre, television and film throughout Western Canada until 1981 when he co-founded Headlines Theatre. He became the Artistic Director in 1984. He is the originator of Headlines' Theatre for Living work, which has evolved from Brazilian Director Augusto Boal's ground-breaking Theatre of the Oppressed. In 1996 David was the first individual recipient of the City of Vancouver's Cultural Harmony Award. In 2001 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University College of the Fraser Valley. Fritjof Capra: World renowned systems theorist and author of The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, The Hidden Connections and many other books. Capra has written the foreword for Theatre for Living. Augusto Boal: Founder of the worldwide movement known as Theatre of the Oppressed and author of Theatre of the Oppressed, Rainbow of Desire and many other books. Visit the author's website:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical ride through the world of community-based theatre 6 Nov. 2007
By H. Joffre-Eichhorn - Published on
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Finally David Diamond has found the time and inspiration to write a book about his groundbreaking theatre work with communities in Canada and around the world. Combining thoughts about systems theory and theatre, Diamond manages to shine a refreshingly new light on what is perhaps the most transformative form of theatre. In addition, several case studies as well as countless theatre games and exercises make this book a highly practical guide for all those interested in the art that is 'Theatre for Living'.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for using theatre within a community setting! 8 April 2014
By Joshua Patton - Published on
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Diamond presents an understanding of the cooperative nature of reality. Theatre, he suggests, fits very neatly into this systems theory. Diamond’s ultimate goal is to help communities to reconnect with the cooperative nature of their realities through the empowering process of theatre. He guides us through his approach in which communities become aware of their interconnections, create lines of communication that reveal conflicts and encourage the creation of symbolic language. He claims that this will lead to an increased understanding of community dynamics and a change in relationships and behaviors. The exercises that the author presents are intended to guide participants, not predict the outcome of their exploration. He recognizes that oppressive forces in society make the labeling of “oppressed” and “oppressor” difficult, and differs from the traditional forum theatre style by allowing spect-actors to intervene in scenes as characters that might be viewed as the cause of a problematic situation. Through the process, Diamond, as the director, acts as an agitator, referring to himself as the “Joker." Disturbing the norms, addressing the various truths in a community and revealing conflicting opinions will, according to the him, provide opportunities for the community to collectively create order. He illustrates his theory with case studies and analyses of the practice and provides exercises for facilitators of the process.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUst for Social Justice Advocates! 9 Jan. 2011
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A friend of mine brought this book and movement to my attention and must say it's a great resource for individuals wanting creative ways to bring community voice to audiences in a unique and powerful way.
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