Dr. Judith Marcuse

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Affiliation: Simon Fraser University
Presentation: Interest Session, Participatory Workshop
Title: Art for Social Change: Arts, Insight and Action
Abstract:  Games, movement, image-making, dialogue and lots of laughter.... Using theatre, movement, graphics, conversation and group process techniques, this workshop introduces participants to arts-infused ways of addressing issues and concerns in diverse communities. Art for social change (ASC) practices are used around the world to create insights and action on what matters to participants. No experience necessary!  Just wear comfy clothing and be prepared for fun!

Biography: Judith Marcuse’s career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies as well as for film and television and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs. Her youth-focused, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each five years long, involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and community collaborations. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University.  She presently leads a five-year research study on art for social change in Canada and, in September 2016, launched a new, two-year Masters (MEd) program in arts for social change at Simon Fraser University.