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Sunday, June 16 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Creating Classroom Culture: Theatre of the Oppressed Games with Children LIMITED

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Program Description: Explore a Theater of the Oppressed game series adapted for children to transform classroom culture around body-autonomy, sharing personal narratives, boundary setting, consent, and communication. 

Abstract: In both formal and informal learning spaces, children interpret and adopt the culture and rules of their social environment. These spaces provide an invaluable opportunity for youth and adults to co-create ways of being together that liberate as opposed to oppress. Based on work with 5-13 year old girls in an after school program, this workshop explores how the aspects of demechanization, dynamization, and group processing in Theater of the Oppressed games engage youth directly in practices of consent, boundary-setting, story sharing, and non-violent communication. The games, and the process by which they are facilitated, create a space where individual autonomy and personal truth is balanced with awareness of and accountability to the group.

Theater of the Oppressed games, and their engagement with issues of power and privilege, invite young folk into deep level of autonomy over their play space. They determine rules, values, and styles of communication authentic to them, instead of replicating the oppressive culture they encounter in adult spaces. The aspects of demechanization and dynamization provide youth a laboratory for group inquiry, revision, and creation. They are invited to determine the value of story sharing, non-violence, and bodily autonomy through their own experiences. This workshop will move through a series of Theater of the Oppressed games that were played with children over the course of a year in an after school program, where the goal was to create a community of peer support, inclusion, safety, and respect. It looks at the moments of dynamization and demechanization in these games, and how they provide experiences with bodily autonomy, story sharing, and non-violent communication for children. 

Challenging Questions
1. How can Theater of the Oppressed’s “Games for Actors and Non-Actors” create a body-inclusive and body-autonomous classroom culture?

2. How does TO support children in owning their own narratives & honoring the narratives of their peers?

3. How can TO support children in developing language around boundary setting, consent, and non-violent communication?  

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Sarah Giffin

I trained in Theater of the Oppressed with S. Leigh Thompson and Alex Santiago-Jirau through The Forum Project. From formal trainings to an Occupy the Stage project, to a few years with their forumperformance troupe, to more intimate community-based work, I had the privilege of working... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Aspen 003 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA