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Saturday, June 15 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fortifying the collective: #ForTheCulture LIMITED

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Program Description: How can artists and organizers use Theatre of the Oppressed coupled with other commonly used applied theatre strategies to engage their communities for the purpose of positive culture change? 

Abstract: In Tarana Burke’s Ted Talk for TEDWomen 2018 “Me Too is a movement, not a moment”, Tarana speaks of the numbness that can come from being entrenched in the work to dismantle the same oppression that one currently faces or has experienced in the past. She states “It's measuring the magnitude of this task ahead of you versus your own wavering fortitude. Numbness is not always the absence of feeling. Sometimes it's an accumulation of feelings.” How can artists, organizers and activists use Theatre of the Oppressed strategies to help sustain themselves while working to dismantle and fight against the oppressive forces that face them? Participants will engage in dialogue about trauma informed pedagogy being integrated into the work as well as being mindful about their own trauma informed practices such as intentionally building in self-care, building your toolkit while practicing non-bias facilitation, and cultivating group fortitude in order to maximize your impact while working to dismantle and fight against the oppressive forces. In this presentation, we will be exploring strategies and exercises based in the work Augusto Boal, improv, devising, and the art of story-telling. This workshop will include a performance, group discussion, and active participation providing an opportunity for exploration and experiential learning for practitioners at every level.   

Challenging Questions
1. How can you use Theatre of the Oppressed coupled with other applied theatre techniques to cultivate positive cultural shifts in your community?

2. What creative pathways toward liberation from oppressive forces of colonization and other institutionalized social injustices are you using in our practice with measurable outcomes (how are you documenting or measuring these outcomes?

3. Can you share some of your experiences, exercises, best practices, or literature that has provided you with a greater understanding of PTO? Knowing that prevention efforts or cultural changes require multiple interactions and various techniques has this greater understanding made it easier to integrate other strategies and what are some of those strategies that have proved successful?  


Shavonne Coleman

Theatre For Dialogue Specialist, Voices Against Violence, CMHC @ University of Texas at Austin
I went to Grad School at Eastern Michigan University and this is where my interest and education in PTO began. After taking an Interactive theatre course that introduced me Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed, my professor Anita Rich brought me to the PTO conference. That experience... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Great Plains 006a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA