The School of Professional Studies (SPS) is offering its first study abroad opportunity this summer, Project Rwanda: Drama and Theatre Education for Reconciliation, for students in the Applied Theatre master’s degree program. Students and accompanying faculty will spend 19 days in Rwanda working with youth to create an original piece of theatre based on their ideas and concerns around unity and reconciliation. While in Rwanda, SPS students will also visit cultural centers and genocide memorial sites to learn more about the current reconciliation process after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi.
The project is designed to help the youth of Rwanda still in secondary school develop cultural skills through participation in drama and theatre troops. The aim is to promote unity and reconciliation among Rwandans, and also to create job opportunities for participants in competitive theatre while attending school and beyond.
The creation of the program stemmed from discussions between Musayidizi Jean de Dieu, the head of the Drama Department at Rwanda Bureau of Information and Broadcasting (ORINFOR); Tony Goode, his masters thesis supervisor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and Applied Theatre faculty member at SPS; and Musayidizi’s former colleague, Mugabe Leon, a teacher at Kigali Institute of Education in Rwanda. For more information on the program, visit www.sps.cuny.edu/rwanda.
Students will blog about their experiences while abroad at http://projectrwanda.wordpress.com/.
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