By Robert Gard

In October 1992, one hundred practitioners, scholars, and interested observers of grassroots theater met at the Center for Theatre Arts at Cornell University for a two and a half day symposium, “Grassroots Theater in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.” Part of the Community-Based Arts Project, a three-year joint effort of the Cornell Department of Theatre Arts and Roadside Theater, in association with Junebug Productions of New Orleans, LA, the purpose of the symposium was to review the history of grassroots theater in the United States, to determine what grassroots theaters from various cultures and communities currently have in common, and to begin to prepare a concerted response to the present and a strategy for the future. The following is a transcript one of the presentations at the symposium.

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