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Under the direction of Esther Fernández, the goal of this course/workshop at Rice University was to give students the opportunity to approach Spanish dramatic literature through a creative and experiential learning process. We focused on a selection of contemporary Spanish plays that address the notion of exodus through which we considered the current refugee crisis in dialogue with political corruption, deportation, and harassment and violence against refugee women. While half of the course was devoted to studying the plays from a literary, critical and analytical lens, the other half was dedicated to exploring theatre through various aspects of staging, such as dramaturgy, acting, translation, setting, costume and sound design. Students worked in groups to create a series of original plays and pedagogical material to perform outreach around, the topic of the refugees, migration and exile. Puppets were the main artistic form to communicate these stories.

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Why Puppets and Displacement?