An Introduction to the Theater of the Oppressed

Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Westbeth Community Room, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY

December 15th, 2013 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Co-sponsor: Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory
An Introduction to the Theater of the Oppressed
Facilitated by Marie-Claire Picher

"We must emphasize: What Brecht does not want is that the spectators continue to leave their brains with their hats upon entering the theater, as do bourgeois spectators." --Augusto Boal

"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point is to change it." --Karl Marx

This one-day workshop, designed for people who have been curious about the Theater of the Oppressed (TO) but have not been able to commit to a full weekend workshop, will present an overview of the basic exercises, methods and techniques of TO work. The workshop is open to all, and no theater or drama experience is required. If you've been wondering what this work is all about now is the time to find out!

Please write to for more information or to let us know that you will be participating.

Note new location:

Westbeth Community Room
55 Bethune Street
New York City

Marie-Claire Picher, Ph.D, is a co-founder (1990) of the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) and has worked and collaborated closely with Augusto Boal until his death in 2009. One of the most experienced Theater of the Oppressed practitioners in North America, she has presented thousands of hours of training workshops in New York and throughout the United States. She has worked in Cuba; in Quiche, Guatemala on several projects involving community rebuilding and healing following the 36-year-long civil war that resulted in the near-genocide of the Mayan people and the murders of more than 200,000 indigenous Guatemalans; in Mexico City with street children, and also with peace and social justice groups; in Tabasco, Mexico with a youth community; and in the Mexican state of Chiapas with the Diocese of San Cristobal de las Casas in the cities of Comitan and San Cristobal, and in autonomous Zapatista communities elsewhere in the state.

Sliding scale: $45 - $95

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Westbeth Community Room
55 Bethune Street
New York, NY 10014
United States