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Saturday, June 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Newspaper Theatre: Analyzing Together for Collective Momentum LIMITED

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Program Description: Come explore Boal’s Newspaper Theatre techniques alongside adaptations of them. We’ll build on our 2018 PTO workshop, focusing more on adaptations, but all are welcome, and no experience is necessary! 

Abstract: How can Newspaper theatre help us analyze how information is manipulated and weaponized? How can it help us draw people together in space for collective analysis and collective action? How can it offer us a container for communication that can be quickly mobilized in public space to call collective attention to a problem or oppression? In “The Fourth Category of Popular Theatre: Newspaper Theatre,” Augusto Boal writes, “Newspaper Theatre seeks to popularize ‘the means of making theatre’ so that the people themselves can use them and make their own theatre. To use the analogy present in the title of this method—though we have our own presses, we don’t try to print our own paper and make it popular; our endeavor is to hand over our own presses to the people, so they can print their own paper.” Developed by Augusto Boal and Arena Theatre colleagues, Newspaper Theatre aims to dismantle the "pretended 'objectivity' of most journalism," and it offers an astonishingly portable set of techniques that can be taken up very quickly to make compelling protest theatre to activate public space and connect people in critical exploration. This workshop—facilitated by organizers of the collective/popular theatre space known as Theatre of the Oppressed and Activism in Chicago—includes some focus on Boal's eleven core techniques of Newspaper Theatre, but it builds on previous content that we have shared at PTO, this year with particular focus on contemporary adaptations and variations. We aim for the workshop to be useful to those who have taken other Newspaper Theatre workshops with us before and to those who have not. All are welcome; no experience necessary. Our materials are available in English and Spanish. 

Challenging Questions
1. How can Newspaper theatre help us analyze how information is manipulated and weaponized inside the systems of power we want to change?
2. How can it help us draw people together in space for collective analysis and collective action and thereby work against individualization and privatization?
3. How can it offer us a container for communication that can be quickly mobilized in public space to call collective attention to a problem or oppression?  

Speakers
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Kelly Howe

Loyola University Chicago
I teach at Loyola University Chicago, organize a range of school and community workshops, residencies, and community education spaces/opportunities in the Chicago area and beyond, participate in other activism, and am an editor/researcher in the areas of Theatre of the Oppressed and... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Tundra 008a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA