What is Theatre of the Oppressed?
“As created by Brazilian theatre visionary and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Augusto Boal (1931-2009), Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) is a form of popular community-based education that uses theater as a tool for social change. Originally developed out of Boal’s revolutionary work with peasant and worker populations in Latin America, it is now used all over the world for social and political activism, conflict resolution, community building, therapy, and government legislation. It is also practiced on a grassroots level by community organizers, activists, teachers, social workers, cultural animators, and more”.
– From http://www.mandalaforchange.com/site/applied-theatre/theatre-of-the-oppressed/
Art Therapy and Theatre of the Oppressed:
I practice both intersectionally and offer them together. Both tools can be used in tandem with each other to hold spaces for groups of individuals to go deeper into meaningful journeys of personal and collective conversation aimed towards change.