Awareness through Performance (ATP) first debuted on the UW-L
campus in the fall of 2006. With its essence largely rooted in
the concept of Performance Studies, where the message is placed
above the delivery, ATP exists as an alternative outlet for
social activism on campus. Currently, the Research and Resource
Center for Campus Climate supports the development and delivery
of three productions (6 student performances and 1 faculty/staff
performance) during the academic year on the UW-L campus.
The ATP Performance Troupe is comprised of students who share a
passion for diversity and social justice issues and desire to
further explore the dynamics of how these issues shape our
world. Because of their commitment to gaining a greater
understanding of the institutional oppressions and “isms” that
affect all members of our community, these students come
together to dialogue, research, reflect, write, and eventually
perform real life experiences that touch on topics of racism,
sexism, ageism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, gender
expression and identity, privilege, hate, cultural differences,
and more. Using the stage as their forum for educating, the
performers creatively explore, examine and dissect issues that
are present in today’s society.
It is hoped that by watching these performances, audience
members will increase their cross-cultural awareness, embrace a
journey towards greater understanding, and become committed to
tearing down the barriers in order to create inclusive
communities. The performance is designed to begin or, for some,
continue the dialogue about the difficult social issues that are
presented even after the performance concludes.
ATP is indeed changing the world… one performance at a time.