Theater and Social Justice

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Section 196: MW 2:00-3:15 pm
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Section 197: MW 3:30-4:45 pm
Fall 2018
The Arts
Global Issues

This First Year Seminar class, Theatre and Social Justice, will focus on how theatre shapes the world. Students will read, analyze, write, and perform plays in this active workshop classroom. Among the plays we will read are Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project, Anna Deveare Smith’s Fires in the Mirror, Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues, and other shorter works. We will watch films of theatre productions, and students will do individual research as the class addresses the question of whether dramatists should advocate for change, hold a mirror up to society, or simply try to entertain.


Dennis Bohr was a Senior Lecturer in the Rhetoric and Composition Program at Appalachian State where he taught for over 20 years. He has taught a variety of courses, from composition to British Literature and playwrighting at the high school, community college and university levels.

Bohr is also co-founder of Black Sheep Theatre, a theatre troupe dedicated to producing original political drama. Black Sheep has produced Bohr’s plays in the U.S. and in Northern Ireland since 1996. His plays include Pope Joan: The Hiss of the Snake; Macbeth: The Play That Dare Not Speak Its Name; Old, Out-of-step, Anti-war Peacenik Hippies; Dark All Day (and all of the night); and The Disposable Man.

Bohr also produces, directs and acts in Black Sheep productions.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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