Dr. David Diamond
Founder of Theatre for Living.
Dr. David Diamond is a 1975 BFA Theatre graduate of the University of Alberta, Canada. He was a founding member of Vancouver’s Headlines Theatre (1981) and became Artistic Director in 1984. He is the originator of Theatre for Living, a merging of Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and his own life-long interest in systems theory.
Theatre for Living recognizes communities are complexly integrated living organisms and invites them to engage in constructive social change, moving from various forms of violence to respectful engagement. He has directed over 600 community specific theatre projects and trainings throughout Canada, the US and Europe, as well as in Namibia, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Palestine and Singapore.
Dr. David Diamond will talk about the philosophy behind his “Theatre for Living” and show video of a powerful play he directed in 2017/18 on Reconciliation issues.šxʷʔam̓ət (home) was created and performed by a mixed Indigenous and non-Indigenous cast. The play performed in Vancouver, Canada and then toured into 27 communities across BC and Alberta. Dr. David Diamond will then lead a dialogue about how Reconciliation is necessary at a planetary level. As humans seem to be polarizing about various issues across the planet, how do these Reconciliation issues in Canada affect people’s lives in Austria and around the world?