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Immersive Theatre and Social Justice





Guest Artists

Sonia Desai, Carmen Amon, Eliza Vedar, Samantha Rojales, Katie Turner​​


Theatre with a social perspective has played an important role in shaping world cultures. Students will work with world-renowned guest artis​ts in a variety of immersive theatre performance styles including a​udio theatre, intimate solo audience experience, and online immersive theatre. Students will create an original immersive theatre piece based on the classical Chinese drama Snow in Midsummer.

Who should take this class

This course is for intermediate to advanced theatre students and practitioners, including playwrights, directors, designers and actors. Student with a background in social activism and an interest in theatre as a tool for social justice are also encouraged to apply.

Required application materials

  • Letter of interest detailing what your theatre experience is and your disciplinary background (actor, director, etc.) and/or your activism background and goals. Please include what role you would like to play in this class (writer, actor, director, etc.).

Course Coordinator

Maria Patrice Amon

Guest Artists

Emily Springer

Sonia Desai

Sonia Desai, PhD, (Dramaturg) is a lecturer at Loyola Marymount University and CSU San Marcos and a professional dramaturg working in Southern California. Her dramaturgical credits include "Hoopla!" (La Jolla Playhouse), "Dream Hou$e" (CSUSM), and the New Playwrights Festival for Company of Angels.

Christopher R. Notbusch

Carmen Amon​

Carmen Amon is a Chicana Costume Designer in the Greater San Diego Area. She has been working professionally since 2016. She is a graduate of San Diego State University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Theater Arts, Costume Design. She has worked on productions at Junior Theater, New Village Arts, and the Pac​ific Ridge School.​

Christopher R. Notbusch

Eliza Vedar​

Eliza Vedar is a composer, sound designer, music director, and pianist. Her sound designs/original music/arrangements have been featured in productions throughout San Diego. She has also written music for three original musicals during her undergrad ("Araceli of the West," "Despierta!," "Way of the Witch). Eliza ​is Artist in Residence at CSU San Marcos Theatre Arts.

Christopher R. Notbusch

Samantha Rojales

Samantha Rojales' scenic credits include: "Azul" (Diversionary Theatre), "Dream Hou$e" (CSU San Marcos/TuYo Theatre), "Without A Net" (Malashock Dance), "Boeing Boeing" (CSU San Marcos), "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" (The Old Globe), "Sweat" (SD Rep). Her projection credits include "Sweat," "Bad Hombres, Good Wives" (SD Rep), and "JFest" (SD Rep). ​

Daniel Cahill

Katie Turner

Katie B. Turner, PhD, (Consulting Producer) is the Artistic Director for Turnkey Theatre. Most recently, she wrote, directed, produced, and performed in "Iris & the Axe," a gothic choose-your-own-adventure online play. Her favorite credits include "Homecoming: A Mediation on the Natural World" (Turnkey Theatre, co-author, director, producer, actor), and "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead" (SDSU, director).