Residence Life is committed to finding new and innovative ways to address issues surrounding social justice in engaging and informative ways. With this in mind we are proud to announce the development of our newest program in social justice education. AdvoCATS is a student-run performance group that seeks to promote awareness of and action around social justice issues on campus and within the larger Tucson community. Performing members will learn about pertinent social issues affecting students and local community members, and have the opportunity to hone their performance and improvisation skills. The group is advised by members of the Social Justice committee within the Department of Residence Life, and will meet regularly to learn about social justice issues and perform together for the purpose of advocating for a more just UA campus. Utilizing the theories around Theater of the Oppressed, this group will portray realistic situations, and audience members will have the opportunity to directly interact with the actors playing in the scene.
Over the past two years Residence Life has employed the Theater of the Oppressed technique to engage resident assistants during their training on social justice. This new technique was met with such a positive response, that the Social Justice Committee wanted to take this opportunity out to the general student population. AdvoCATS will compliment all of the other great social justice programs already occurring in Residence Life, and provide a new way to develop student social justice awareness through a completely interactive and engaging experience. Our performance model will be guided by this book from Norma Bowles called Staging Social Justice: Collaborating to Create Activist Theatre.
AdvoCATS will be running an open audition for interested performers on Friday, November 8th – 3-5pm and Friday, November 15th – 3-5pm. We are looking for students with a passion for social justice and an interest in theater and learning improvisation skills. Individuals interested in auditioning must perform TWO 1-minute monologues, one selected by the performer, and one provided by Advocats. Individuals will also be asked to read scenes with other performers. Each individual auditioning will also be asked to give a 10-minute interview with the advisors of the group. The first meeting of new members will take place on November, 22nd from 3-5 PM.
If you have any questions or inquiries about the audition process, please contact email@example.com.