Theatre, Community, and Public Transportation

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176: TR 12:30-1:45PM
Fall 2017
The Arts
Global Issues

This course will use techniques of dramatic storytelling to explore public transportation in local and global settings as a connector of people and communities.  Culminating in a public performance, the class will engage students in investigating public transportation in various countries to compare to Boone’s own bus system.  Using theatre techniques, students will conduct dramaturgical research to contextualize individuals in societies, and assemble interviews and overheard conversations into a theatre piece about the individuals who utilize public transportation.


Karen Sabo is the Artistic Producer of In/Visible Theatre here in Boone, NC, and formerly was an actor and director at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Her professional training as a theatre artist is from the American Conservatory Theatre in California, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts, and the Saratoga International Theatre Institute in New York. She earned a Master's degree in liberal studies from East Tennessee State University, studying (among other areas) media criticism.   Combining her academic background in interdisciplinary studies with her training as an actor, she incorporates professional acting techniques into her teaching to create vigorous critical inquiry in her classes. She utilizes semiotics, introducing students to the concepts of theatre as a system of signs, deliberately arranged, to generate meaning.  Karen's work uses acting techniques to deliberately emphasize empathy, inclusion, and understanding of other individuals and cultures.

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:
Rick Klima

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