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Devising Theatre - A 3-Day Sojourn Theatre Institute
The Goodman Theatre
Chicago, IL
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Devising Theatre - A 3-Day Sojourn Theatre Institute
DETAILS: 9AM-4:30PM June 22nd-24th, 2019

WORKSHOP LEADER: Sojourn Founding Artistic Director, Michael Rohd

LOCATION: The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education & Engagement, Goodman Theatre, Chicago

Limited openings - all availability is on a first come, first serve basis.

If registering before 11:59PM Central on April 12th, 2019, use code EARLYBIRD for discounted registration.

Sojourn Theatre has been devising original work for almost twenty years. Documentary theatre about public education on the floor of a state legislature (Witness Our Schools); a site-specific adaptation of Brecht in a working Subaru dealership (Good); an interactive urban planning performance tackling gentrification at an international Arts Festival (BUILT); an immersive journey that brought urban and rural audiences across 50 miles to share a meal, conversation and a multi-generational tale of love and loss (On The Table); a participatory civic theatre event that engages strangers in the act of deciding how to spend real dollars on poverty reduction in their own community (How To End Poverty in 30 Minutes). We create gatherings that act like shows, processes that move like art, engagement that listens like relationship, and workshops that feel like discovery. Join Sojourn Theatre artistic director Michael Rohd alongside Sojourn ensemble members for three days of play, ideas, strategies and dialogue. Including explorations of movement and improvisation, facilitation and dramaturgy, generative activity and group practice, we will explore how to make work collaboratively that starts, grows, iterates and becomes.

Sojourn and CPCP work to support and increase the capacity of artists and community organizations to imagine and collaborate towards racially equitable and economically just communities.

This year we are able to offer a limited number of full and partial scholarships to offset tuition costs. If financial need is an obstacle to participation, please email for information on how to apply for a scholarship. People from historically underrepresented, underfunded, and excluded populations and communities are especially encouraged to apply. The scholarship application deadline has been extended to 11:59PM Central on March 29th, 2019.

The Sojourn Theatre Summer Institute is hosted by The Alice B. Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre as part of a multi year CPCP & Goodman Theatre partnership.

Questions? Contact, Sara Sawicki at:

Join us for our other 3-Day Institute this summer, Civic Practice, Creative Placemaking & Placekeeping: June 18th-20th, 2019. Or our one-day Intro to Civic Practice, Creative Placemaking & Placekeeping on June 18th, 2019. More info at



Michael Rohd is founding artistic director of Sojourn Theatre. In 2015, he received an Otto Rene Castillo award for Political Theater and The Robert Gard Foundation Award for Excellence. He recently accepted a Professorship at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design & Art, is author of the widely translated book Theatre for Community, Conflict, and Dialogue and leads the Center for Performance and Civic Practice. He was the 2013-2016 Doris Duke Artist-in-Residence at Lookingglass Theater Company in Chicago. Recent/Current projects include leading a two year Sojourn Artist-in-Residence collaboration with Catholic Charities USA poverty reduction sites around the US; collaborations with Steppenwolf Theater, Bush Foundation, Lincoln Center, Singapore Drama Educators Association and Americans for the Arts; and, working with theaters and universities around the country to mount locally specific projects based on Sojourn's model performance/engagement process/production How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes.


The Goodman Theatre (View)
170 N. Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60601
United States


Arts > Theatre
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Sojourn Theatre
On BPT Since: May 08, 2007
Sojourn Theatre

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