As Pangea celebrates its 16th season, we are excited to introduce you to one of the most unique education programs in the country. Combining our firm commitment to human rights and diversity, as well as a decade of experience teaching, learning and creating art, Pangea’s vision of education challenges students, teachers and community members alike to embark on a fresh journey towards positive change; a journey where new ideas and new ways of thinking are not only welcome, they are encouraged. At Pangea World Theater we see diversity not just as a local issue to be discussed, but a truly global reality and a gift to all off us here in Minnesota. Teachers and students alike have expressed to us that Pangea’s embodiment (as opposed to mere representation) of diversity, as well as our international and relevant content makes our educational programming–whether workshops, matinees, or summertime offerings–an exciting way to expand the classroom into the world of theater and the world outside of Minnesota.
So check out some of our exciting new programs and productions right here on the website and of course feel free to call us or drop by at any time. We look forward to seeing you all soon…
PANGEA WORLD THEATER’S DIVERSE STAGES EDUCATION INITIATIVE:
Reaching out to Re-define Arts Education
The Diverse Stages education initiative, like Pangea World Theater’s mission, is one that goes beyond limiting definitions of theater and theater education in order to provide members of our communities with boundary-breaking artistic experiences that draw upon international, local and marginalized perspectives on human rights, diversity and other pressing social issues of the day.
Diverse Stages can be summed up in three words: Change, Challenge and Action. That is because Diverse Stages is not only about changing the way we view and use theater; it is about challenging our own attitudes towards the ‘other’ by becoming the ‘other’; and it is about challenging our minds and bodies to rise above conformity and routine in order to take action in our communities as well-informed protagonists.
But above all, Diverse Stages is about dialogue and understanding, because at Pangea World Theater we believe that learning, like theater, is an exciting, sacred and lifelong journey that is not only undertaken by the students, but by teachers, and the community as a whole. In other words, everyone is involved and nobody is ever just a spectator. Diverse Stages is therefore built upon the belief that at every stage of our collective and personal journeys, there exists an urgent need to think and act outside the box and to cherish the differences that make us the characters we are!