Introduction to the Theater of the Oppressed

Theater of the Oppressed is a collection of games, techniques, exercises for using theater as a vehicle for personal and social change. It is a method of harnessing the laboratory of the theater as a powerful tool for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding community-building solutions to the problems of inequality, conflict and injustice. Based on the radical pedagogical ideas of Paolo Freire and Augusto Boal, it is a collective artistic exploration into the fullest expression of our human dignity, potential and creativity. This is an introductory workshop covering the theory, application and facilitation of TO, including:

  • Demechanization
  • Dynamization
  • Image Theater
  • Forum Theater
  • Rainbow of Desire
  • Theory & Pedagogy

The workshop will be 80% experiential and 20% reflective/didactic. No prior theater or performance experience is required. Elements of related counter-oppressive techniques will also be introduced as an adjunct to TO, and prominent practitioners of TO or popular education may be invited as guest facilitators. Opportunities to facilitate workshops and classes outside of the class will also be provided.