Rates of HIV/AIDS transmission have increased substantially, particularly among young
African American women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) HIV/AIDS is the number one killer for African American women aged 25 to 34.
Given that many of these young women are contracting the disease in their late teens and
early twenties, there is a need to develop interventions that directly address the needs of this
group. The current study sought to assess the effectiveness of theater in increasing
This 2006 PhD thesis by Josephine MacIntosh from the University of Victoria, Canada, looks at the potential of theatre-in-education to create effective youth engagement around sexual health and HIV&AIDS issues.
While arts-based work in health promotion is not a new approach in South Africa, there is a chance to bring more attention to theatre and performance-based work, which considers the people and communities affected and afflicted by sexual and reproductive health (SRH) concerns as individuals with individual thoughts and emotions, for greater inclusion in tackling AIDS.
This 2007 essay by Janet Feldman details the activities of ActALIVE ("Arts for Creative Transformation: Activism, Lifeline, Inspiration, Vision, Education"), an arts coalition with 300 members in 35 countries.
An HIV/AIDS theater program, run by Family Health International, has spread throughout Kenya during the past five years, growing from 35 youth theater groups to more than 270 and reaching over 400,000 people with performances that stimulate thought-provoking discussions about the epidemic. This website provides information on these endeavors.
This article presents the forum theatre as an alternative means of presenting a combined informational and therapeutic education on men as an underrepresented target group, which can increase the use of male condoms. Furthermore, a second objective of the article and the research done is to present a methodology and guidelines that can be used in either other provinces of Mozambique or other cities on a global scale to build up a empirically based educational theatre.
This volume presents the latest explorations in the literary turn in ethnographic work. Centering on autoethnography, personal narrative, ethnographic performance, and the blending of social sciences and the arts, the articles collected here emphasize embodiment, experiential understanding, participatory ways of knowing, sensuous engagement, and intimate encounter.
Theater is now well established in many parts of the world and has been used extensively, especially in the fields of HIV/AIDS prevention and family planning, community development, and women's empowerment. However, its use and effective implementation as a coherent set of sustainable development practices is still very rare. This article is a commentary on the rationale, uses, and methodology of the training module--Theater for development in sexual health--through a case study.