Teaming-up with Chicago-based improv artist and educator Tony Perone, Carrie led a session titled, Revolutions in Play: Advocacy, Research, and Practice
It sparked a conversation….How do we go about bringing a movement into being?
Carrie and Tony introduced participants to a few of the growing number of play-based grass roots projects around the world including: The Miracle Project and the Hunter Heartbeat Method (theatre projects for people diagnosed with Autism); the Memory Ensemble (improv comedy for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s); John Bohannon‘s Dance your PhD; and The All Stars Project (after-school programs where inner city youth develop through play, performance, and pretense). Says Lobman:
While there continues to be a concern that play is under attack…there is also a growing interest in and acknowledgement of the innovative ways that play is being used to reinitiate development, to cross ideological and geographic boundaries, and to challenge roles and identities.