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Theatre of the Oppressed Intensive Workshop

December 4-5, 2017
TBC in November; in Guelph and off campus

Join Student Life as they host Branch Out Theatre for a two-day intensive workshop using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to collaboratively reflect upon and explore issues of social justice and community transformation.  This training is intended for anyone interested in and committed to social justice—educators, community practitioners, activists, and beyond.

Participants will leave with the skills, knowledge, and training to facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed techniques including games and Image Theatre. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore more intensive techniques such as Forum Theatre with a trained practitioner. No previous theatre or social justice facilitation experience is required.

The techniques learned will be of particular interest to those who work with diverse and marginalized populations, facilitate workshops, strive to create inclusive spaces, or wish to learn new games and techniques for working with groups.


Important information:

·         Date and Time: December 4th and 5th, approx. 9am-4:30pm

·         Cost: $275 until November 2nd; $300 after November 2nd (includes lunch both days)

·         Location: TBC in November; in Guelph and off campus

·         There will be a maximum of 25 participants so please register early!


Register now:

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In this workshop, participants will:

  • Engage in theatre games from Augusto Boal’s Games for Actors and Non-Actors that can be used as icebreakers, energizers, and proactive tools for motivating dialogue around issues of power and oppression
  • Learn to create, interpret, and use body sculpting (tableaux) as ways to understand layers and cycles of social and political oppression with Image Theatre
  • Learn a unique style of theatre that motivates us to take a stand and act out how to address and transform conflicts
  • Develop and perform a Forum Theatre play and practice using theatre as a tool for social change

Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques are powerful tools for deepening one’s understanding of social justice and exploring how to address issues of oppression. These techniques can be used for anti-oppression dialogue, conflict resolution, community peace building, advocacy and personal and collective healing and growth.