“Forum Theatre: Examining Oppressive Systems, Exploring Concrete Options,” our first PTO Regional Gathering of 2016, will be held in Chicago, IL on August 15th-17th in collaboration with the Alice Rapoport Center for Education and Engagement at Goodman Theatre! Julian Boal will facilitate this dynamic, practical theatre workshop welcomes everyone from beginners to longtime activists and facilitators.
Participants will gain experience with a variety of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, and create original Forum Theatre scenes to be shared with a local audience on the evening of August 17, following the final day of the workshop. In Forum Theatre, a group creates a scene or play that investigates a situation of oppression. After watching the play once, spectators are invited to become spect-actors—to step onstage, replace characters, and try out strategies for action. For more details about the Gathering and about Julian, check out the new Regional Gatherings Page.
UPDATE 7/01/16: We have currently filled up registration AND the waiting list. Therefore, no workshop spots are available any longer. Thank you all so much for your interest and support! We will continue to update you as things progress.