About Our Project
The Multicultural Theatre Project (MTP) is a transdisciplinary, arts-based, critical pedagogy, a theatrical experience that provides an environment where students can explore the multidimensionality of diversity: intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Students encounter these various literary and historical texts over an 8- to 10-week period, beginning with an introductory retreat. Theatre games are employed throughout this process to help develop a learning community and explore textual questions. Students respond in various ways to these texts, culminating in a theatrical production presented to the university campus community. This campus diversity Initiative strives to foster student retention, leadership development, and a campus climate of inclusion. This transdisciplinary pedagogical project engages students in critical reflection on difference (class, race/ethnicity, gender, religion, and et al) toward transformational learning.
About the MTP Experience
Julianna Reed, an MTP graduating senior and Pepperdine University Alumna from the class of 2005, summarized her MTP experience in these interactive verses below.
Significant Emerging Connections
Teacher-student mentoring relationships outside of the classroom setting foster integrative learning.
The participatory aspect of ensemble theatre creates a learning community where peer-to-peer teaching and learning take place.
The integration of curricula and co-curricula addresses student life with greater profundity.
The collaborative process of this project exposes students to a wider range of difference that engages discourse across a broader multidimensional frame.
Emerging Project Themes
- Expands the worldview.
- Expands the knowledge of self.
- Expands the knowledge of literary and historical texts.
- Encourages academics/sense of vocation.
- Increases awareness of the connection between education and self/life.
- Increases self-confidence.
- Increases the value of education.