PTO Board Nomination Info

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (PTO) is calling for nominations to the PTO Board. You can nominate yourself or someone else. Please be sure to fully read the requirements and qualifications below. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, August 2nd, 2021, 5:00pm EDT. PTO Board Members meet virtually and do not need to be U.S. based for board membership. Global representation is desired and encouraged.

  1. Overview of the Board
  2. Overview of Board Commitments
  3. Board Member Responsibilities
  4. Election Process
  5. Virtual Board Q&A Session

PTO Feature - Nominations

We are in particular need of individuals who might have skills in the following areas: 

  • Website, communications, and social media management
  • Grant writing, fundraising and development
  • Writing and editing
  • Conference/large event planning

Overview of the Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed Board

The board of PTO is an all-volunteer working board that sustains, serves, and supports Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc., a US 501c3 not-for-profit organization with board members from around the world. PTO was born through in-person conferences intended to bring people together live in time and space to learn about Pedagogy of the Oppressed (PO), Theatre of the Oppressed (TO), and other forms of liberatory work for social justice. While the conference has been the structure that helps us continue to grow our community and do embodied work together, over the years we have evolved to offer additional forms of engagement and support to members and others interested in social justice. Those forms include but are not limited to: sharing information and resources in online venues, documenting work and captioning it for accessibility, supporting the publication of a journal in which people can share their work (including those not traditionally valued by other journals), providing letters, paperwork, statements, or other items of solidarity or support, offering infrastructure support for regional PTO gatherings, etc. We have historically evolved our support of our members in response to requests and feedback.

We do not have any ongoing paid employees; this is what is meant when we say we are a working board. Our volunteer structure–alongside our collaboration model with local host sites–has historically enabled us to keep our first few tiers of self-selected conference costs significantly lower than most gatherings of this kind. We do this while still avoiding corporate sponsorships, as fits with the anti-capitalist economic ethic of our roots in practices like PO and TO. But we continue to seek other ways to make the conference financially accessible without betraying that ethic; board members play a key role in that.

In summary, the board is responsible for coordinating the work of the organization, making sure certain tasks are completed, being stewards of the resources entrusted to us, paying attention to how our work relates to the past/present/future of the organization and the world around us, etc. Though the board organizes our efforts, that does not mean that those elected to the board are the only people doing the work of PTO. So many people help make what we do possible, and we value all of those people and groups deeply!

Overview of PTO Board Member Commitments

  • TERM: PTO board members serve two-year terms, with eligibility for re-election. There is currently no term limit for a PTO board member.
  • POSITIONS: Elected board members are eligible for the following officer positions when they are available: Co-President and Secretary–these positions are internally elected within the board. Board members are eligible after serving for 1 year as a board member. The PTO Treasurer is an appointed position (not elected by the general membership). All board members serve on Action Groups of their choosing that are aligned to their interests. 
  • REPRESENTATION: The PTO Board actively seeks diverse board representation that reflects the diversity of PTO’s constituency across a wide spectrum of identities and experiences, including (but not limited to): race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identities, ability, neurodiversity, national origin, immigration status, age, locale, class, employment status, interests, and personal experiences and history.
  • WORK HOURS: It is difficult to approximate a specific hour requirement for board service because different roles require significantly different things, and will require more or less labor at different times. Perhaps the most realistic way to explain a minimum work hour expectation is this: With the exception of the week of the conference, it is possible to serve well and do valuable work toward the collective good on the board with a minimum of approximately 4 hours per month. Some board members will take on significantly more hours of work depending on the roles they are willing or able to occupy and the tasks for which they are willing or able to offer support (e.g. the Conference Chair) but this is always at the willingness of individual board members.

Interested in becoming a board member?

To create an equitable working board, we ask that all board members be willing and able to:

  • Attend monthly board meetings via internet or phone, 120 minutes in length. In cases of unavoidable conflict or emergency, board members are expected to review and respond to board meeting minutes in a timely fashion.
  • Attend an annual virtual retreat. This meeting usually takes place over a long weekend, ideally in the fall (meaning the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn) and usually takes place over Zoom or another video call service. The date is determined collectively by the board. 
  • Attend the annual conference. Except in cases of unavoidable conflict or emergency, all board members are expected to attend and actively work to support the annual conference (usually scheduled between late May and late June, with most conferences in late May or early June). Registration is paid for board members in recognition of their board service, but lodging and travel are not paid by PTO.
  • Join at least one Action Group. The PTO board currently uses an Action Group model for organizing board work. Each board member is expected to serve on at least one of these action groups, and may serve on up to two Action Groups. These groups account for the majority of the work a board member is responsible for doing in between meetings. Each Action Group is championed by one person who is responsible for organizing monthly meetings and reporting progress back to the full board.
  • Participate actively in online communication. The PTO board uses email, Google Drive, Slack, and sometimes Signal (encrypted messaging app) to communicate since we are a remote board. PTO board members are expected to respond to inquiries by the stated deadlines and to contribute to decision-making processes that may occur outside the monthly board meeting. (NOTE: All incoming board members receive training in these tools, so no need to worry if you are unfamiliar with one or more of these communication platforms.)
  • Remain committed to working in a collectivist, anti-capitalist model in keeping with the values of both Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed. This may mean serving in a more general way on items that might not be attached to your primary role(s) on the board in order to ensure the success of our work as an organization. It may also mean working in ways to build consensus and allow for many voices to have input before making decisions.
  • We are in particular need of individuals who might have skills in the following areas:
    • Website, communications, and social media management
    • Grant writing, fundraising, and development
    • Writing and editing
    • Conference/large event planning

Election Process

  1. Review the above commitments and checklist for joining the PTO Board.
  2. Submit a nomination using the below nomination form! Nominations are due by Monday, August 2, 2021. You may nominate yourself or another member of PTO by emailing Nominees will need to be current members to run for elections. If you are not a current member of PTO, take a moment to enroll or re-enroll here.
  3. Nomination Form:
    1. Name
    2. Email address:
    3. Address
    4. Phone number:
    5. Statement of Interest: A written bio of not more than 250 words or a video of not more than two minutes in length that introduces the nominee to the PTO community and explains why they are seeking election to the Board.
    6. Photo of nominee
    7. Name, City, State, and Country of residence, photo, and statement of interest will be published on the “Nominees” page of the website to assist members in voting. Nominations will be due by Monday, August 2 2021
  4. Voting (open to all current PTO members) will begin on Monday, August 9 and ends Monday, August 23. All voting takes place online. If you have difficulties accessing technology to complete your vote, please contact to make alternate arrangements.

Questions: If you have any questions, or would like to speak with a current Board member about the position, please email us at

Virtual Information Session

Current PTO board members will host an online information session to answer questions and demystify the board election process. The online session  will take place on Sunday, July 25th, 2021 via Zoom. 

Thank you for your continued support of PTO as an organization! Without you, there is no PTO organization. We hope many of you will consider running to join our board to continue this engagement within our community! 

And if you’re unable to commit to the time requirements or other aspects of board service, please join one of our Action Groups! Look for more information on that in the future.

In Solidarity and Love, 

PTO Board