Interactive Theatre Troupe
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The MU Interactive Theatre Troupe was founded in 2003 by professors Suzanne Burgoyne and Clyde Ruffin when MU joined a 3-year multi-campus program sponsored by the Carnegie Academy for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and the American Association for Higher Education. The MU troupe has performed for faculty, teaching assistants, and classes. Interactive theatre methods draw upon the techniques of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, a social-action theatre form building upon Paolo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Professor Ruffin directs the troupe's sketches, while Professor Burgoyne trains the actors in interactive theatre techniques. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at MU is studying the effectiveness of interactive theatre for enhancing faculty awareness of multicultural dimensions of teaching.