Above is a powerful TedX talk about how theatre for social change can get sparked just by being moved by one singular play. And while many of us may not be the people who constantly write to our local congress or who march or who put demonstrations together, we can use an incredibly powerful tool to inspire people to speak, act, and talk. That tool is storytelling. While we can all read statistics and hear news reports, those often will not make the difference needed. It is when people are moved and transformed in their seat that things can shift.
I as Executive Director am always looking at examples of the arts that make a difference. Recently, I binge watched “13 Reasons Why” on Netflix while also watching many of the interviews with the cast and writers. This show which so accurately depicts the viciousness of teenage depression, eating disorders, teenage sexual assualt, and the pressure of growing up while undergoing these atrocities will absolutely cause people to act. Check out more here….
This video is quite poignant.
At Ripple Effect Artists, our shows have caused audiences to volunteer, sign petitions, and have conversations that matter in their family, workplace, and in education. And we will continue to do this, causing ripples. Is it uncomfortable? Yes. Must we continue? Without a doubt.
Join us in creating more ripples……