The first step on the empathetic journey is with yourself. How can you connect with others if you don’t know who you are? Students will explore activities that allow them to think and reflect inward.
The second step on the empathetic journey is forming a link with others. Students take on activities where they have to work together and connect with others.
The third step on the empathetic journey is forming a link with your character. Students will work to link with characters who are quite different from them.
After forming a link with yourself, each other, and your character, the last two links in the empathetic journey are the audience and the outside world.
Students decide, design, and implement a culminating presentation that uses theatricality to share the concepts of empathy.
Steven Stack's Keynote speech "Empathy: It Begins With You", from the DTA Virtual Conference, recorded July 2019.