Leading with Healing

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Leading with Healing

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Date and Time

  • Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Institute for Peace and Justice, Rooms E/F

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Documentary theater can be used as a way to promote understanding and dialogue between people with differing points of views and deeply ingrained histories of conflict. It is used to get the entire picture of what has occurred in a specific event through the process of interviewing people involved. Its purpose is to adhere to the emotional aspect of a specific situation and portray all sides of an event. Documentary theater sits at the intersection of art and politics and can help begin the healing process for traumatized communities and individuals. Paul S. Flores led workshop participants through healing practices combined with the process of making documentary theater, which he used to create On The Hill, the story of Alex Nieto’s unnecessary killing by San Francisco police.

Excerpts of On the Hill were performed on Friday, November 13th, 2015

Poet, performance artist, playwright and spoken-word artist Paul S. Flores explores the intersection of urban culture, hip-hop and transnational identity rooted in his experience growing up in Chula Vista, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico. His works include the play PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo, a bilingual tale of the transformation and redemption of fathers and sons; the solo performance You’re Gonna Cry; and the two-hander REPRESENTA!. Flores has developed a national platform for young people as the co-founder of Youth Speaks and Brave New Voices: National Teen Poetry Slam. He teaches hip-hop theater and spoken word at the University of San Francisco.


Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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