The Scar: A Srebrenica Story

Prof. Josh Machamer
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Theatre is memory – invoking a rhythm of pastness that forfeits itself into a present moment. It is an act of remembering, reliving, rediscovering that allows for palpable connection to the very visceral accounts of our own human existence. In its presentation lies the ability to change perception, not just of the past but that of the present and future as well. The hope is not to transcribe a frozen moment in time, but to use the human stories found within the scars of our neighbors and then apply them to our own fabric of societal existence. If theatre is codified by the idea of a story that a community tells itself about itself, then it makes sense that the realization of this witness’ account of the tragic events that took place in Srebrenica can speak to a much broader global community about issues of justice, injustice, survival, evil and humanity that we all face on a daily basis.

History does not belong solely to one group or society or culture. History is living possibility for everyone; waiting to be unearthed by any and all who determine the necessity to invite it into the present.

Keywords: Ethnic Cleansing, Storytelling, Srebrenica, Genocide, Survival, History, Memory, Civil Conflict, Reconciliation, Theatre, Monologue, Docudrama
Stream: Arts Agendas, Art and Human Rights
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Prof. Josh Machamer

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, Department of Theatre and Dance, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Josh Machamer teaches courses in Directing, Theatre History, American and World Drama, Acting and Introduction to Theatre. An MFA graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Machamer has extensive college/university and professional directing credits, as well as experience within the American television and film industry. He has participated as an invited artist at the Comparative Drama Conference in Los Angeles; The Pathways to Reconciliation and Global Human Rights Conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina; IUTA 3rd World Theatre Conference in Dakar, Sengal; the Viewpoint Theory Conference in New York City with Anne Bogart; and studied the aspects of the Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal. He has written several articles for the Pasadena Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre, as well as been published within the International Journal of the Humanities and Local-Global: Studies in Community Sustainability. In addition to The Scar, Mr. Machamer is currently working on a project concerning homelessness in San Luis Obispo, California, and an original piece about the Department of Homeland Security. He is kept grounded by his wife Kristen, and daughters Riley and Avery.

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