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Friday, June 14
 

10:45am MDT

Disability Justice & Accessibility in Theatre of the Oppressed
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: Join this discussion on developing guidelines for TO facilitators on prioritizing disability justice and accessibility in their workshops.  Lead by your friendly local queercrip PTO co-president.

Abstract: As an embodied practice, Theatre of the Oppressed must be rooted in the needs and leadership of disabled people!  Please join this brainstorming session to come up with ideas on language and practices that TO jokers can model in their facilitation and how TO practitioners can intervene when ableism occurs during workshops.  After the workshop, PTO will compile these ideas into a freely distributable toolkit for TO practitioners and we will include credit in the toolkit for anyone who contributes (if they want to be listed as a contributor).

People with ANY disabilities welcome including developmental and cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, mobility disabilities, neurodivergence (autistic, ADHD, experiencing psychosis, attachment differences, PTSD, etc), mental illness, sensory disabilities, chronic illness, etc.  In other words, we are defining “disability” using the social definition of disability by recognizing that people with disabilities includes anyone who experiences systemic inequity as a result of how they naturally live and function.  Professional diagnoses and self-diagnoses welcome, and no one will be expected to disclose their disabilities.  People without disabilities are welcome to attend if they have experience in disability justice work.  However, this is not an educational session for people without disabilities.  If you do not have disabilities, please come prepared to take a back seat to the input of those with disabilities.  Thank you! 

Challenging Questions
1.    What does ableism look like in Theatre of the Oppressed workshops?
2. What are examples of leadership and practice that would be rooted in disability justice and prioritize accessibility when facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed workshops?
3. What standards should be set in place for facilitators to ensure accessibility and leadership of people with disabilities in TO work?
 

Speakers
avatar for Skye Kantola

Skye Kantola

Artist & Program Coordinator, Faerie Bear Art & MESA
Skye is a violence prevention educator, a community organizer, and an engaged artist. Skye’s passion for violence prevention, PO and TO in education and social change, and art is rooted in their experiences a disabled trans person, a survivor, and borne in part from their experience... Read More →


Friday June 14, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm MDT
Monarch (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

1:30pm MDT

Children of the Chicanx Movement
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is a continuation of the all-conference session, El Movimiento Sigue: A Statewide Panel on the Chicanx Movement. Featuring children of the leaders of the movement, this panel and discussion will address the work of current generations in continuing to organize within the Chicanx Movement.


Friday June 14, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Monarch (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
 
Saturday, June 15
 

1:30pm MDT

Pueblo Education Coalition
Limited Capacity seats available

Making meaningful change in public education is important, yet difficult work.  Here in Pueblo, we are working at the grassroots level to develop a coalition of stakeholders whose voices are valued and who have a place at the decision making table.  We will discuss our triumphs and tribulations, and have an open dialogue on efforts and strategies moving forward as a community to make positive change in public education.

Speakers
avatar for Robert Donovan

Robert Donovan

Robert Donovan is an educator in Pueblo City Schools, and for the last 6 years he has worked on the East Side of town as a social studies teacher at Risley International Academy of Innovation. In addition to teaching, Robert is a passionate advocate of Community Schools. Through a... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Serrette

Kyle Serrette

senior policy analyst, National Education Association (NEA)
Kyle Serrette is a senior policy analyst at the National Education Association (NEA). He works with NEA affiliates and allies to form education coalitions, develop campaign strategies, deepen NEA affiliate and ally understanding of key school improvement policies, and helps coordinate... Read More →
avatar for Denise Torrez

Denise Torrez

Denise Torrez is a native Puebloan who has been teaching in Pueblo City Schools for 28 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Colorado State University-Pueblo, a Master’s degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from Adams State College, and Principal’s Licensure... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm MDT
Chameleon 004 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

5:00pm MDT

Health Care and the Oppressed
Limited Capacity seats available

Healthcare is now the most pernicious economic issue facing workers - especially the poor.
3.6 trillion dollars every year are transferred from workers earnings to the Medical Industry Complex, a money-making consortium. Each child born today is already harnessed to pay a half-million dollars during their working lives. This session will discuss some of these healthcare issues, and how solutions can only be born at the grass roots level and created by the victims.

Speakers
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Richard Rivera

Owner and CEO, HealthTrac, LLC
I am a graduate of the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health and I have dedicated my career to fixing healthcare. It is the most serious financial issue facing the poor and working class in the USA. It has been progressively impoverishing working Americans... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Serena 207 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

5:00pm MDT

Working Class on Stage
Limited Capacity seats available

Abstract: This session will focus on two very different experiences in which the theatre is used as a tool to try to organize the working class: the experiences of the Chicago Workers' Collaborative and of the Escola de Teatro Popular (Popular Theatre School- Brazil). 

If these experiences are different because of the countries in which they evolve, they still present many similar aspects: the fact that they both deal with how to create alliances out of the diversity within the class, the fact that they try to show how oppression operates through concrete means, and the fact that the stage is only a step in a bigger process: the struggle against exploitation. 

Speakers

Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
Tundra 008a/b (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
 
Sunday, June 16
 

9:00am MDT

Chat with Board Members - How to Get Involved with Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc.
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: Stop by anytime during this session to meet with board members, ask questions, and learn about some of the ways that you can contribute to PTO, whether you are interested in joining the board or not!

Speakers
avatar for Reg Flowers

Reg Flowers

Organizer, Falconworks Theater Company
Reg Flowers began their career as a theater artist, on and off- Broadway, with several guest starring television appearances. They are founder of Falconworks Theater Company a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that uses popular theater techniques to build capacities for civic engagement and... Read More →
avatar for Skye Kantola

Skye Kantola

Artist & Program Coordinator, Faerie Bear Art & MESA
Skye is a violence prevention educator, a community organizer, and an engaged artist. Skye’s passion for violence prevention, PO and TO in education and social change, and art is rooted in their experiences a disabled trans person, a survivor, and borne in part from their experience... Read More →
avatar for Charles Adams

Charles Adams

University of Minnesota
I've been practicing both PO and TO since 1995 in both school and community settings. I'm also on the board of PTO. 
avatar for Robin Brandehoff

Robin Brandehoff

University of Colorado Denver
I am a PhD candidate at University of Colorado Denver in the School of Education and Human Development.  My background is in Theatre Performance and Dramaturgy, both of which I have used to work with gang-affiliated youth in high school classrooms before pursuing my doctorate.  I... Read More →
avatar for Sasha Sigel

Sasha Sigel

I use yoga and theatre, sometimes together and sometimes separately, to offer pathways towards liberation. Theatre for political and social change is my focus as an actor and facilitator, and I teach yoga through a lens of trauma sensitivity. My training is from the University of... Read More →
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Freddy Amador

Chicago Workers' Collaborative


Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
ASG Meeting Room 202 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA