Faculty Advisors: Gisa Bevacqua-Tirone, Scott Garbe
Diversity, inclusion and empathy are at the core of drama at CDS. Theatre itself is an act of inclusion, which demands that actors and audience members place themselves within the experiences of others. In CDS productions, the entire community has come to know Chanie Wenjack as he flees his residential school; the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming as they grapple with a brutal hate crime; and a young girl named Anne Frank whose very identity was branded a crime.
Theatre makes it possible to move through the hearts and minds of strangers so they can be known, heard and felt. When the lights go down, our empathy is engaged and we step into a new experience. Theatre is vital to the life of the CDS community, creating the space for all to be freely and fully themselves.
“Hate persists, but it is love that endures. That is both the hope and the reality the theatre provides.” Scott Garbe, Head of Drama
"When we begin to listen, learn about and connect to the people around us, we take one step closer towards erasing hate and bridging the distance between one another.” Anne-Marie Bassi ’21, member of The Laramie Project 2019 production.