Book Launch: Different Models, One Goal: Doing Theatre, Democracy, and Social Justice

The Centre for Socially Engaged Theatre (C-SET), in collaboration with Theatre Emissary International and the University of Jos, Nigeria, presents the online book launch of Different Models, One Goal: Doing Theatre, Democracy, and Social Justice edited by Adediran Ademiju-Bepo, Hussaini U. Tsaku, Awuawuer Tijime Justine, Shadrach Teryila Ukuma, and Bem Alfred Abugh livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Friday 18 November 2022 at 9 a.m. CST (Chicago, UTC -6) / 10 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5) / 3 p.m. GMT (London, UTC +0) / 16:00 CET (Berlin, UTC +1) / 4 p.m. WAT (Lagos, UTC +1).

This festschrift event is in honor of Professor Tor Iorapuu, a professor of applied and social theatre, and the current vice-chancellor of Benue State University (BSU), Nigeria. The compendium Different Models, One Goal: Doing Theatre, Democracy, and Social Justice offers both theoretical and evidence-based insights into the processes of socially-engaged theatre through the lens of Tor Iorapuu’s community-driven theatre.

Respondents include

  • Professor Duro Oni (University of Lagos)
  • Professor Oga Steve Abah (Ahmadu Bello University)
  • Dr. Sarah Lwahas (University of Jos)
  • Dr. Patrick-Jude Oteh (artistic director, Jos Repertory Theatre)
  • Professor Victor Dugga (Federal University, Lafia) will serve as the book reviewer.


Tor Joe Iorapuu is a Professor of Applied and Social Theatre and the current Vice-Chancellor of Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria. Prior to this appointment, Iorapuu had worked and lived in Jos, Plateau State. Iorapuu’s areas of research interests and expertise include Applied and Social Theatre, Communication for Social Change and Community Organizing. As a community activist and development practitioner for over three decades, Iorapuu has used these pedagogies to animate active youth citizenship and build youth networks in Nigeria. He is also a published playwright. Since the outbreak of violence and conflict in the city of Jos, Plateau State in 2001, Iorapuu has applied participatory strategies to stimulate new conversations on tensions and injustices that disconnect communities. Iorapuu works with grassroots theatres interested in using art theatre and sports (soccer) to overcome violence, and tensions; excavate their truths and their troubled pasts and help communities dare to envision new perspectives of healing their broken past.