“I am dedicated to creating and fostering community-engaged theater through my research, teaching, activism and production projects.”
A 2017-18 Engaged Faculty Fellow, Sara Warner is an associate professor and a Stephen H. Weiss Junior Fellow in the Department of Performing and Media Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. She co-teaches the engaged course PMA 4825/6825: Theatre and Social Change. Read her faculty profile for more information.
About the Project
PMA 4825/6825: Theatre and Social Change is a course that focuses on the ethical and sociological dimensions of climate change in the Finger Lakes. Working in collaboration with Toby Ault, assistant professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., senior lecturer in performing and media arts, and Sarah K. Chalmers from Civic Ensemble, students in the class conduct a series of Story Circles with a diverse range of local residents from scientists and skeptics to farmers and pro/anti-frackers.
The team crafts this ethnographic data along with their scholarly research into a type of public performance, featuring both students and community members, known as a Living Newspaper. These performances, staged on campus and across the community, are followed by curated talkbacks featuring the participants and members of the Climate Action Advisory Group.
In Her Own Words
“I am dedicated to creating and fostering community-engaged theater through my research, teaching, activism and production projects. I feel a deep dive into the community-engagement literature would be usefully synergistic with my work, and, in turn, I feel the theatrical experiments I study and in which I participate have a great deal to teach my colleagues in the humanities and the sciences about engaged and embodied forms of pedagogy.”
- Engaged Curriculum Grant: Theatre and Climate Change
Engaged Faculty Fellowship Program
A yearlong cohort program in which faculty dive deep into the theory and practice of community-engaged learning; meet monthly to discuss readings, share projects and workshop challenges; and help transform what it means to teach at Cornell