Exploring Shared Experiences and Building Community Through Theatre: (in)active Mormon Women, an Ethnodrama

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Title Exploring Shared Experiences and Building Community Through Theatre: (in)active Mormon Women, an Ethnodrama
Creator Janice Jenson
Subject Inactive Mormon women; ethnodrama; story circles; community-based theatre; feminist theatre; MACL
Description The rhetoric and practices of the Mormon Church and its patriarchal structure perpetuate the silencing of women's voices and experiences. When women choose to no longer participate in the Mormon faith, their story is further marginalized due to the cultural stigma associated with questioning the Mormon faith. By combining the three methodologies of story circles, ethnodrama, and community-based theatre, this study explores the experiences of inactive Mormon women through an arts-based approach that maximizes community member involvement. Participants in story circles found validation by sharing their stories, many of them sharing more emotional stories than they would have otherwise because of the like-mindedness of the group. Story circle participants also created connections among other participants through the trust established through the methodology. By watching the performance, audience members who were either inactive Mormon women or in similar demographics reported feeling validated by the performance. Additionally, audience members who were outsiders developed a sense of understanding and compassion to those experiencing the phenomenon. Furthermore, performers were able to explore their own identity and exercised representational agency, providing a deep connection between performer and script. Due to the emotional nature of the performance, the relationship between audience and performer was heightened.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2017-05
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2017, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
ARK ark:/87278/s6b892n4
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2017-07-05
Date Modified 2017-07-05
ID 1254275
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6b892n4
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