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Interactive Theatre: History

Interactive Theatre is a unique and innovative program that helps participants to understand the complexity of issues and relationships that can result in workplace and campus challenges.

The program does not prescribe definitive solutions; rather, it provides a forum from which participants can work together to enhance understanding and inclusion through varying perspectives and the generation of dialogue. Interactive Theater helps all participants to realize that everyone has a role in leading the organization toward inclusion, collegiality, effectiveness, respect, and achievement.

Modeled after a similar program at Cornell University, Interactive Theatre debuted at Carnegie Mellon University in 1998. The program is aligned with the strategic plan's focus on community success. The provost supported the development of a scenario that deals with unfriendly workplace environment. Scripts have since been developed to discuss many other topics, including sexual harassment, diversity, and conflict.

The Interactive Theatre program at Carnegie Mellon has received attention from the Pittsburgh community, receiving the "People Do Matter: Recognizing Innovation in Human Resources" award from the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association. The program was also awarded a grant to continue its expansion from the William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation Plurality and Inclusion Program.

In addition to members of the Carnegie Mellon campus community, the Interactive Theatre Company has also performed for several businesses including Mellon Bank, Nova Chemical, Highmark, University of Pittsburgh, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

For more information or to bring Interactive Theatre to your organization or department, contact Ron Placone at 412-268-4555 or rplacone@andrew.cmu.edu.

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