Lush Valley March Workshop: Thursday 3/17 by kristinmarting
March 23, 2011, 5:08 pm
Filed under: American Dream, Events, Research

Today, we began with an exercise in which the officers all took the RHETI Enneagram Test, which divides personality into 9 types: Reformer, Helper, Achiever, Individualist, Investigator, Loyalist, Enthusiast, Challenger, and Peacemaker.  They then had to guess which type each officer scored on their test, and then discuss the results amongst themselves.  It was a really fun and interesting way to look at the dynamics of the officers’ relationships.

The next exercise involved the comic book series “The 99”, which features 99 superheroes based on different aspects of Islamic culture and religion.  Each actor chose a superhero that they could most closely identify their officer with, and then split into two groups to create physical scenes that employed: the revelation of physical space, an obstacle that must be overcome, a sense of urgency, a moment of panic, a moment of celebration, and cooperation among the superheroes.  The exercise was a great way for the actors to explore iconic representations of their officers’ personalities.

Following that, we worked on creating a fantasy situation for each officer that was sparked by something in the office.  We work shopped a few of these scenes, in which the officers would break from reality and move into a heightened fantasy, such as an Elvis karaoke jam or a spy thriller, in order for them to explore a subconscious issue that they might not be comfortable discussing in the office.

The last exercise that we did today used a website called Project Implicit, created by Harvard to test social cognition and racial bias.  A few of the officers took the test, which was projected on stage for their fellow officers to see.  After the test, the officers discussed the results and how that officer’s bias might affect his or her ability as an immigration official.  We aren’t sure if we will end up using this in the ultimate performance, but it did open a very honest conversation between the officers about racial and religious bias.


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