What is research-based theatre?
"Research-based theatre aims to translate scientific research findings to wider audiences, foster emotional and intellectual understanding of data, and fuse science and art methodology to ignite social change."
Knowledge Translation through Theatre
COVID monologues" was devised through a unique collaboration of public health researchers and theatre professionals. The monologues are based on a systematic review of qualitative peer-reviewed literature on COVID-19 in the U.S. Research articles were categorized into broad topics, reviewed for themes and main messages and supplemented with quantitative research from top public health journals. The resulting "research packets" were assigned to eight diverse, experienced playwrights who were selected from a nation-wide, competitive application process and received additional training through the project's masterclass in research-based theater. Their task was to communicate the main messages of the assigned research through a 5-10 minute monologue. Monologues were workshopped with a team of researchers and theater artists, and produced by five partner community theaters in Baltimore, MD.
We are proud to partner with Two Strikes Theatre Collective, Fells Point Corner Theatre, The Strand, Arena Stage, and Single Carrot Theatre.
The Citizen Diplomacy Action Fund is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and implemented in partnership with the Partners of the Americas. For more information visit https://alumni.state.gov.