Invisible Theater

Staged interaction in a public space to (a) shed light on the interaction and (b) illicit spontaneous responses.

What is Invisible Theatre?

You may have heard of Candid Camera – when you set up a situation to surprise people and see how they react to that situation in that moment. That’s invisible theatre – it is a staged interaction in a public space to (a) shed light on the interaction and (b) illicit spontaneous responses.

Examples of Invisible Theatre: In Times Square, two actors posting as tourists made loud comments about two Muslim women in hijab (also actors) being terrorists. The scene sparked important dialogue on racial profiling. Actors must stay in character even when the scene goes in unexpected directions. You can choose whether or not there is ever a “reveal”.

How can you adapt this to peace advocacy? Here are some ideas:

You can use invisible theatre to recruit students interested in the dramatic arts – or take on parts yourselves!

 

Here are some ideas:

 

  • Racial Profiling. Take note of the example above, or have a loud conversation about “post-racial America” and see who interjects.
  • Bad Investments: Defense/Jails. Do an event in partnership with an economics/finance club. The event should be publicized only for the econ club, but Peace Action members would be in the audience. They would bring up investment in the defense industry or prisons as a way to profit off of wars and policing. See who interjects.

To contribute ideas or for any questions you might have please contact Kate Alexander, Director of Policy and Outreach