James Walsh found that the old methods of teaching were not working, so he threw out his textbooks, shredded his exams and turned his 200-person lecture hall into a space for radical, theatrical collaboration exploring people's histories: stories of labor, immigration and gay rights. Soon he was interested in bringing this style of educational theater to working-class people in Denver. Along with several students, he started the Romero Troupe, which has grown from seven to seventy. In advance of this weekend's showing of Michael Kilman's documentary Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe
, Westword spoke with Walsh about his project.
See also: Poet Yosimar Reyes on the power of personal narratives