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Friday, June 14

10:45am MDT

Parar el abuso en el lugar de trabajo
Limited Capacity seats available

Presentacion de la organizacion CWC como afitrion de la precentacion con 4 esenas de trabajadores actuando y mostrando el abuso que ellos sufren en fabricas de trabajo.


Freddy Amador

Chicago Workers' Collaborative

Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Great Plains 006a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Unbound: The Story of the Romero Theater Troupe (film screening)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Romero Theater Troupe, a social justice and activist theater organization, uses the stage in Denver, Colorado to build solidarity and power among the community. This film uses an anthropological lens to examine how a theater organization with community members instead of professional actors can bring change and hope to the Denver community.Written by Michael Kilman

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Romero Theater Troupe

Romero Theater Troupe
The Romero Theater Troupe is an all-volunteer community organic theater collective consisting of dozens of activists, educators, students, assorted troublemakers, and other non-actors. Our mission is to use the stage to preserve important and unknown human rights history and to highlight... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
ASG Meeting Room 202 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Workshopping Ways of Encountering Self / Encountering Others: A Participatory Sharing of Theatrical, Digital, and Art Installation Performance Practices (DOUBLE SESSION)
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This workshop examines three methods of liberationist performance of identity in relation to community: live, scripted theatre; digital storytelling forums; and pop-up art installation performance. 

Abstract: Christina Rodriguez De Conte reimagines TO for live, solo performance.  By performing her story, My Very Own Cuban American Story of Origin, she showcases a performance of personal search for identity.  She explores how the witnessing live performance, coupled with Theatre of the Oppressed tools, and story circles, can inspire participants to devise their own micro-theatrical story of origin.

A South Asian academic, immigrant, and community-based researcher, Jashodhara Sen’s project, Leaving Home, Finding Home, sees digital storytelling as a communicative practice, providing lasting and safe platforms for creating community. Sen’s digital forum is an open-access website for South Asian women to network and share stories about home, identity, freedom, and equality. Sen works beyond conventional theatre spaces with diverse communities, initiating dialogue about immigration and migration. Sen shares excerpts from her project, inviting participants to reflect on how digital media relates to their own work, stories, networks of solidarity, and safe spaces.

Bridget Close and Aaron Ellis draw upon Close’s eco-centric art and movement practices, and Ellis’s Other-centric activism, scholarship, and performance work. They develop embodied processes for de-centering “self” and re-centering marginalized “Others.” They curate relevant material to create temporary “constellations” that inform their ongoing embodied responses to institutional and interpersonal injustice and oppression. Close and Ellis will present a pop-up performance installation of their embodied process. Afterwards, participants are invited to curate their own “constellations” and generate personal movement practices to support their liberationist work.
Challenging Questions
1. In this session, we see examples of theatrical production, digital storytelling, and art installation performance: what differences/overlaps do you see in these distinct approaches to liberatory performance practice?

2. Have you witnessed or participated in theatrical, digital, and/or art installation exploration of “identity” before? If so, how do these experiences relate to this workshop, especially relative to liberationist politics and practice?

3. How was your experience of this workshop – what did you notice, what struck you, what will you take away from it, and why? How does (or doesn't) this workshop inspire your work for justice?


Jashadora Sen

PhD candidate/part time instructor, CU Boulder

Aaron Ellis

Florida State University School of Theatre / School of Dance
Aaron Ellis is a PhD Candidate in Florida State University (FSU) School of Theatre. In his dissertation research, Ellis uses ethnographic methods to study the Bronx-based work of an Italy-based theatre company, the Open Program of the Workcenter of J. Grotowski and T. Richards. He... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 4:45pm MDT
Tundra 008a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Saturday, June 15

5:00pm MDT

Texting for Life: Casa Milagro Youth Solutions Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: On teen dating violence & bullying.  The 'Joker' takes the specactors through the journey they will embark on & their opportunity to engage & direct the outcome of the performance with non-violence.  

Presenters: Millie Duran, Shaleeyah Mariney, Willow Tachette, Angel Vieyra, Aaron Vieyra

Abstract: Casa Milagro provides interactive theater performances for youth using the Forum Theater techniques.  Casa Milagro's plays address real-world, real-life problems faced by children and teens. While everyone is impacted in some way by violence in our society, our target audience, 'at-risk youth' are significantly impacted because they have so little power and control over the circumstancess of their lives.  The spectactors can discuss the their motivations and feelings. We ensure representation by all spectactors.  The technique of Forum theatre creates a safe space in which any participant may introduce his or her new ideas and actions for resolving problems presented in our plays in realistic means. Casa Milagro is helping to prepare youth for thoughtful, meaningful and non-violent participation in larger movements for social change by providing a space and tecfhnique that allows them to practice solutions to social problems.  Casa Milagro's work is connected to organizing, action and systems change because we are preparing youth to deal with life's challenges by learning and practicing cooperation, respect and trust. We are active in collaborating with community ogranizations.  We are assisting the leaders and problem solvers of the future in creating themselves. Casa Milagro strives to engrain our message through our program for our youth to recognize the positive and critical thinking skills inside of them. Our performances provide young people with the chance to 'rehearse for life'.  

Challenging Questions
1. How can you make conscious changes in your choices to modify negative behavior that can result in positive outcomes and/or influence others in positive options?
2. How can you walk away from conforming to negative peer/gang pressure for inclusion and acceptance.
3. How can you become more conscious of oppression and inequality from this performance?


Shaleeyah Mariney

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions

Willow Tachette

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions

Angel Vieyra

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions

Aaron Vieyra

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions

Millie Duran

Casa Milagro Youth Solutions
Two of the Casa Milagro  Board Members and one of the actors attended training by Augusto Boal in Denver in 2004.  Chair, Millie Duran completed her Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Domestic Violence and Policy Development.  Board Member, Vicki Nash had... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Wolf Den 005 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA