Interactive Diversity Programming
For Religious & Community Organizations
— Your Audience Is The Jury —
Our interactive diversity experiences put your audience—a congregation, community members, or volunteers—at the heart of the story, acting as a jury in a case dealing with issues at the intersection of race, class, religion, gender, social justice, and the law. Synagogues, churches, and community organizations have been part of our audiences from the beginning. Since premiering Defamation in 2010, our interactive diversity programs have been performed over 700 times for more than 250,000 people.
“I commend The Defamation Experience as an effective resource to create dialogue to bridge the racial divide.”
The El Dorado Community Foundation brought together its leadership, along with area chambers of commerce & business leaders to have a unified experience surrounding the issues they face as a community. In the Online format, participants were able to join from their own location to simultaneously take part in the interactive experience.
Our programming has been presented to community-focused & civic organizations, religious organizations, chambers of commerce and more across the country.
Each of our programs bring a unique opportunity for your community to engage in civil discourse about the most pressing social issues of our day.
Our proven 3-phase experience model begins by immersing your audience in the power of theater with a riveting legal drama. Then, they will act as jurors to decide the outcome of the case, followed by a post-show discussion bring the issues to life for them as individuals and as a part of your organization.
Conversations started at your organization will last for days, weeks & months.
In the Post-Show Discussion, our experienced facilitator will guide a conversation that gives your audience a way to share their own personal experiences and perspectives. Typical discussion themes include:
- The unique perspectives and experiences we each bring as individuals into our communities and groups
- How our own views shape our relationships with fellow community members, leaders, and others
- How power plays into our daily interactions
- How social and identity issues play into decisions that shape our futures
- What it takes to have difficult conversations
- The role of individuals vs. organizations in social justice
- Allyship, respect, and accountability
An ideal diversity program appropriate for your entire organization or targeted for specific audiences and events:
- Orientation & Welcome Programming
- Leadership & Team Building Retreats
- Community Outreach Programming
- Customized as Part of Your Event (E.G., MLK Day, Diversity Week, etc.)
- Ongoing Diversity-Focused Efforts