7 Out Scenes

As the Joker guides learners through problems that require solving, sometimes creating a new scene allows for further investigation of the original scene. ¬†An out scene could be something that happens before or after the initial scene that is being workshopped. In addition, one can also create side-scenes with characters who may not have originally been in the scene. An example of this could be used in But I’m a Good Person. Have two learners play the characters of Kevin and Jordan. It is suggested that Kevin and Jordan have a conversation in which Jordan expresses her concerns about Sheila’s performance but we don’t see this conversation. What might it have looked or sounded like? What conversation might Sheila have later that night when she goes home and reflects on her day with a family member or friend?

Considerations while Jokering

  • Through the nature of role play, Out Scenes can be a higher risk form of participation for learners. We recommend that you use techniques such as Voices For and Against or Inner Dialogue before moving on to creating full scenes.

Examples of Out Scenes

  • What’s in a Title? (See Chapter 14)
  • Role Call (See Chapter 17)
  • Missed Interpretation (See Chapter 18)
  • But I’m a Good Person (See Chapter 19)
  • Better? (See Chapter 20)


Haunting our Biases: Using Participatory Theatre to Interrupt Implicit Bias Copyright © 2022 by Kevin Hobbs; Michael Martin Metz; Nadia Ganesh; Sheila O'Keefe-McCarthy; Joe Norris; Sandy Howe; and Valerie Michaelson. All Rights Reserved.

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