Name: Stephen Sillett
Organisation: Aiding Dramatic Change in Development
Role: Head of Program Development
I am a participatory theatre practitioner, science communicator and graphics arts professional, having worked in various environments, including: - analytical development labs at The Wellcome Foundation, and process chemistry labs at European Color (Pigments) - multiple media publishing at BBC Education and Carlton Media Group. - Graphic Artist at Antony Gormley Studios, Digital Productions Ltd and Fiasco.tv productions. I am co-founder of a non-profit organisation "Aiding Dramatic Change in Development" (ADCID). Our work at ADCID uses interactive theatre, participatory mapping and exploratory group work exercises. Most of our work has been in South Africa, and the focus has been HIV/AIDS. I ran a workshop with partners including DramAidE in 2007 looking at Disclosure of HIV status, here a document on the process... http://www.adcid.org/ImageofTransition_F6.pdf Our work in South Africa started with the Zisize Educational trust in 2003. We formed the Zisize Drama Group in 2006, and continue to develop the team of 6 local facilitators/actors, visiting rural Ingwavuma for several months a year. We are heavily committed to group work approaches, and follow the Freirean principle of "swimming in the cultural waters of the people". A significant focus of our work involves dialogue through "body sculptures" and other non-verbal processes in our workshops, (which are run by local staff in Zulu, or sometimes Xhosa languague). A core foundation of our Applied theatre involves creating spaces for dialogue and critical thinking. Zisize pioneered the use of schools as "nodes of support" for rural communities, and this model has been rolled out across South Africa. In 2006, we created and evolved the Zisize Drama Project. We have seen the Zisize Drama team capacitate these "nodes of support", and we are looking at developing these nodes into "community hubs" which can engage wider community through interactive art and dialogue circles. The Ikhwezi Lokusa Wellness Centre: is a HIV/AIDS clinic in the Eastern Cape. We have worked since 2007 with staff members who run dialogue circles and 3-day workshops using the participatory process of "socio-drama topography". Niagara College and AIDS Niagara are heavily connected to this community. Tholulwazi Uzivikele: is a health promotion clinic on the Mozambique Border, we trained their Drama Team, who also carry out testing and councelling for HIV/AIDS in schools.