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Friday, June 14 • 1:30pm - 4:45pm
Integrating Arts-Based Practices: Further Explorations of Theatre of the Oppressed and Photovoice (DOUBLE SESSION) LIMITED

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Program Description: In this applications workshop, participants engage in an innovative process that integrates practices of Photovoice (community-based, documentary photography), Image Theatre, and Rainbow of Desire. 

Abstract:  At the 2017 PTO Conference, we facilitated a session on using Photovoice to inspire Theatre of the Oppressed, with a specific focus on Image Theater. Rooted in feminist theories and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (education for critical consciousness, in particular), Photovoice is a participatory documentary photography process that enables people to promote critical dialogue and produce shared knowledge to make change (Wang & Burris, 1997). We wanted participants to consider how a Photovoice process (taking photos, storytelling, reflection) could influence Image Theatre-making in interesting ways. We received positive feedback on our session, with one of our participants declaring “this was a beautiful process.”

At a 2018 national conference for educational developers, we co-facilitated a session that engaged a largely non-theatre participant group in Photovoice and T.O. activities as powerful tools for advancing liberatory classroom and institutional spaces. At this conference, we extended our 2017 PTO conference session structure and introduced Rainbow of Desire methods into the mix. Our ongoing experimentation of this integrated group of arts-based practices--Photovoice, Image Theatre, and Rainbow of Desire--enables participants from diverse professional backgrounds to consider a variety of creative and embodied tools to enact multi-level change.

In this participatory workshop, we will practice a sequence of Photovoice and embodied activities, reflect on the process and its impacts, and discuss potential applications. Our goal is for participants to consider the benefits of integrating visual, storytelling, and TO approaches to advance liberatory practices.

Challenging Questions
1. What is Photovoice, and why might we use it in concert with Theatre of the Oppressed?
2. What are the praxis connections between Photovoice and Theatre of the Oppressed (e.g., theoretical, methodological, pedagogical)?
3. How could this integrated, iterative process be used in community, educational, organizational, and institutional settings to promote solidarity and liberation?


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Tikka Sears

Director, Theater for Change UW
Tikka Sears is the co-founder and director of Theater for Change at the University of Washington. As a theater director, performer and teaching artist, she creates original works fusing arts-based pedagogy, Theatre of the Oppressed, physical theater, and community-based performance... Read More →
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Theresa Ronquillo

Assistant Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Virginia Commonwealth University
I am Filipina American. Daughter of immigrants. Born in Detroit. Lived in the Midwest until age 30.  Twelve year stint in the Pacific NW. Currently live in the South. Unmoored. Parent. Partner. PhD. Writer. Social Worker. Educator. Educational Developer. Learner. Theatre of the Oppressed... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 4:45pm MDT
Great Plains 006a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA