Classes & Workshops

Ages: 12-14

Theatre of the Oppressed (Week 9)

Instructor(s): Henry Padrón
Location: WAB – 740 University Ave.

We will learn about the Theatre of the Oppressed developed by Brazilian Augusto Boal. Boal, a theater practitioner, and Paulo Freire, an educator, are two leaders in their respective fields whose work centers around creating social change. We will use our own stories to create scenes based on specialized theater games that help us understand how to address such issues as bullying, texting, teens, power plays, gender issues, school, family, and whatever else the group decides to pursue. We will focus on creating three scenes using Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, and Invisible Theatre. Each of these involves the audience as “spect-actors” who are drawn into the piece and given a chance to voice their opinions. This will be a wonderful exploration into ourselves and into the issues of society in a trusting, supportive, and caring environment.

Course Code: JY13-D12