THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED TRAINING, FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Stage Left has adapted Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) into a potent tool of social justice, which we're now sharing with dedicated agents of change – through opportunities like this Creative Justice Intensive.
TO is a form of Popular Theatre, which means "by the people, for the people". The purpose is to use interactive drama to break down the separation between actors (active narrators) and spectators (passive witnesses) in order to transform all into "spect-actors" – a community with a solidarity of interests, who engage in collective action in the interests of social justice.
Stage Left Productions is a global Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed, one of the rare few that is operated by members of equity-seeking communities who centre our earned knowledge, lived experience, collective recovery and shared resistance in our arts training practice.
TO is also a form of Popular Education, in which all are equal learners. In this, the foundation of TO is the core belief that all individuals have the capacity to act in accordance with the best interests of their own people. As created by Brazilian activist, theatre artist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Augusto Boal, TO provides communities with dynamic and engaging tools for community-based action and collective impact.