Medical Readers’ Theater: Truth at a Slant

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Readers’ theater (RT) is a minimal form of theatrical performance in which there are no or negligible sets or costumes and scripts are used in staging. It was developed as an efficient and effective way to present literature in dramatic form. It has been used in a variety of educational settings ranging from universities to elementary schools. More recently, medically themed readers’ theater (MRT) has generated interest in medical education circles as a method to acquaint students and other learners with the human side of medicine. Participants do not need to be trained actors.

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