Class: Theater of the Oppressed 101
Theater of the Oppressed (TO) is an arsenal of theater techniques and games that seeks to humanize people, restore true dialogue, and create space for participants to rehearse taking action. TO was developed in Brazil by political activist and theater director, Augosto Boal, to help people draw from their concrete experiences to rehearse and reflect on possibilities for change. It is a collection of interactive movement and theater exercises that examines both internalized and external systems of oppression. Warm-up games are used to “de-mechanize the body”, create group trust, and reflect on as metaphors for real life.
Levana Saxon, M.Ed is an organizer and educator with Practicing Freedom, using participatory action research, popular education and creative action to generate collaborative community-led change. Over the last 17 years she has trained and facilitated thousands of children, youth and adults. Some of the groups she has worked with include the Paulo Freire Institute, Rainforest Action Network, Center for Political Education, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Youth In Focus, El Teatro Campesino and multiple Oakland Public Schools. She currently co-coordinates the Ruckus Society’s Arts Core and facilitates trainings and dialogues with the White Noise Collective, which she co-founded.
Rosa González is a lifelong educator, a visual and performing artist and Education Director at Green For All. Before joining the team at Green For All, Rosa was program lead for PILA (the Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action), where she helped link political education and community organizing. She designs curriculum and facilitates theater-based workshops and townhall meetings for critical community dialogue. Rosa is also a member of headRush, a political performance and popular education crew dedicated to inspiring working class communities through original performances and participatory workshops. Rosa has a Masters in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and a Masters in Teaching from the Arts in Education program at the University of San Francisco.
Participation in both days of classes is required. We will have a limit on the number of participants and cannot promise a space. This class will likely fill up fast so get on it!
Suggested Donation: $50-$150 Sliding Scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.
The space is wheelchair accessible.