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Roundtable Discussion [clear filter]
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?

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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
Saturday, June 15

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. 


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