Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Visiting Prof. Collaborates with Students to Present Play about Sexual Harassment and Assault

Visiting Prof. Collaborates with Students to Present Play about Sexual Harassment and Assault


Al Akhawayn University students performed a theater play entitled "Voice in Action" on Wednesday, October 20th for the AUI community as part of an ongoing creative project with visiting theater professor, Leslie Jacobson, from George Washington University. This event was part of the No Violence Alliance Awareness Days under the theme "Empathy and Understanding."These days were intended to encourage students, staff, and faculty to put themselves in other people's shoes and to consider situations through a different lens, empathizing with experiences of survivors of violence.

For the past five years, Professor Jacobson has been visiting Al Akhawayn University and collaborating with Professor Kenza Oumlil's media and gender students. Together, they create plays that serve as a catalyst to improve understanding of gender roles, expectations, sexual assault, and harassment. The media and gender students contribute to the content of the plays through interviews conducted with fellow Al Akhawayn students, family relatives, and members of the AUI community at large.  

This year, the project focused on sexual harassment and sexual assault. The goal was to explore how personal experiences shaped into a theatrical performance can illuminate sensitive issues and inspire positive change. 

Leslie Jacobson is a theater professor from George Washington University. Jacobson is a theater director, playwright, and teacher who has spent the past 40 years focusing on using theater to effect societal change, in the US and elsewhere in the world. For 30 years, Jacobson was the founding artistic director of Horizons Theater, producing plays by women playwrights. Throughout these years, Jacobson won many awards for her theater work.