Sketches

The CRLT Players repertoire explores a range of topics important to individuals working in higher education. Each of our sketches is based on a solid foundation of research. All of our work is designed to engage audiences in a thoughtful consideration of the issues that underlie the topic being explored and to encourage participants to reflect on the strategies that might productively address it. Ranging in length from 5 to 45 minutes, our performances are always paired with a guided conversation led by a trained facilitator.

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Title Synopsis (click on title of sketch for more information)
7 into 15 A high-energy, interactive performance that can be adapted to address a range of topics.
Breaking Bad News A one-act play that adapts research on the experiences of patients and medical staff into a dynamic performance, exploring tensions and challenges that commonly occur in interactions between health professionals and patients.
Chair's Role in Faculty Mentoring Fashioned as three thematically related vignettes, this performance explores the chair's role in faculty mentoring.
Conflict in the Classroom Focuses on a conversation between students that moves quickly from civil dialogue to charged argument.
Critical Differences How does identity affect the way that students engage with a course's content and an instructor's methods?
Critical Thinking in the Clinic Uses a student's problematic presentation of a patient as an entry point for considering the ways that faculty might more effectively foster students' problem-solving skills in clinical settings.
Cuts: Recognizing and Intervening in Negative Climate Interactions This performance demonstrates the stacking effect that campus incidents of aggression/invalidation and external occurrences of violence have on people who hold marginalized identities.
Cuts: Responding to Stories about Negative Climate Concerns This session works to deepen appreciation for the structural and interpersonal challenges students of color encounter when seeking support to address bias incidents.
Distress Signals: Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges Built around a scenario that presents situations and dynamics U-M teachers commonly encounter with their students, the session will guide participants to proactively shape their pedagogical practices with an awareness of student mental health concerns.
Faculty Advising Faculty Explores the ways in which senior faculty members mentor their junior colleagues and considers the differing relationships and professional outcomes that can result from these processes.
Faculty Meeting: Navigating Departmental Politics A richly layered sketch that can be productively used to focus on two issues important to any university: faculty hiring and departmental climate.
Great Expectations: Mentoring Graduate Students Explores common tensions that can arise between advisors and their advisees.
It's in the Syllabus and Other First Generation College Student Experiences An immersive, playfully disorienting encounter that offers participants a complex view of a heterogenous identity group: students who are the first generation in their family to attend college.
Managing Mentoring: Cultivating Successful Mentoring Relationships in STEM Labs Provides an in-depth examination of multiple mentoring interactions occurring in a lab group. The session interweaves facilitated discussion with a theatrical case study depicting exchanges between graduate students, a postdoc, and a PI.
Moving the Needle: Creating a Climate Resistant to Sexual Harassment Building on introductory conversations about the prevalence and consequences of sexual harassment on individuals and communities in higher education, attendees analyze an embodied case study and then participate in facilitated design-thinking exercises targeted at effecting change.
Moving the Needle: Enacting Your Personal Responsibility Aims to support academic units in developing a critical mass of individuals who have the willingness and skill to productively address sexual harassment when it occurs in their communities.
Moving the Needle: Shifting the Conversation around Sexual Harassment Challenges participants to expand their understanding of what sexual harassement is, how it impacts individuals and communities, and what makes an environment ripe for its presence
Tenure Decisions Considers the common interpersonal dynamics and structural challenges that can undermine a fair tenure process and encourages participants to think about their own responsibilities to supporting fair tenure deliberations.