PTO Conference in Chicago, 2022: Popular Power/Poder Popular


Popular Power/Poder Popular

Pre-conference workshop (in-person in Chicago) with Julian Boal: May 24-26, 2022 (all spaces are filled)

Online Conference (1 day; limited submission availability):May 25, 2022

In-Person Conference: May 26-29, 2022

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, 60660, USA

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  • Register for the Online Conference Day!
  • Register for the 25th Annual PTO Conference!
  • The full conference schedule (including Zoom links for each online session) can be found on SCHED here. Please note that the Sched app does not have capacity to host all information in all three languages of the conference (English, Spanish, Portuguese); rather, on Sched itself, the titles and session descriptions are provided in the languages in which the session is being conducted. If a session is bilingual, the second description is still to be added to Sched in some cases–and will be added soon.
  • We will have full PDFs of the Conference Guide and Schedule in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, respectively, available as links on Sched prior to the conference. We will also provide printed access copies of the PDF of the Conference Guide and Schedule in those three languages at the registration desk onsite in Chicago for anyone who needs one.
  • Download the Call for Proposals in English or read it here.
  • Descargue la convocatoria de propuestas en español o léala aquí.
  • Faça o download da chamada de propostas em português ou leia aqui.

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2022 conference. 

About PTO:
Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO) is an international organization that supports people whose work challenges oppressive systems by promoting critical thinking and social justice through liberatory theatre and popular education. Our approaches stem from the theories and practices of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. We foster collaborative connections to share, develop, promote, and document liberatory theatre, popular education, and other revolutionary actions. Our annual conference seeks to provide an accessible, inclusive, and educational space. We actively seek both introductory sessions for those new to Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed practices, as well as advanced sessions for long-time practitioners.

Honoring the theme of the PTO Chicago 2020 conference that has been postponed for 2 years due to COVID-19, PTO Chicago 2022 will emphasize popular struggle and popular power, which are themes as relevant as ever now.

By popular power, we mean actions that are:

  • Powered by people who are often excluded from conferences like this one.
  • Focused on genuine equality and justice.
  • Organized to dismantle systems that benefit some people at the expense of others.
  • Waged against elitism, condescension, class division, capitalism, racism, White supremacy,  coloniality and settler occupation, imperialism, nationalism and borders, fascism, austerity, privatization, patriarchy, heterosexism, gender norms, ageism, ableism, educational inequality, slavery, imprisonment, environmental destruction, and other forms of violence.
  • Taken collectively, built through movements or alliances (often hard, complicated, partial alliances) across barriers that have been built to keep people from fighting together.
  • Performed by, as Paulo Freire described, “people engaged in the fight for their own liberation.”
  • Reflective of Augusto Boal’s notion that, “[t]o be popular” is to “always tackle issues from the people’s perspective, that is, the perspective of permanent transformation, of anti-alienation, of struggle against exploitation.”

Register for the 2022 Conference

Register for the Online Conference Day

Additional Important Information:


It is PTO’s expectation that conference participants will be masked indoors, except in dorm spaces, dining halls, or in situations where they are performing or presenting onstage in the Newhart Theatre (in which case masks are optional). 

Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Entering the U.S.

If you are coming to the in-person conference from outside the U.S. this is a reminder that the current U.S. requirement is that travelers show proof of being fully vaccinated (meaning completion of a full initial series) approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) AND proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within one calendar day of flight departure. For more information about the specific kinds of tests that are accepted for travel into the U.S., scroll down to “Test and Documentation Requirements” here on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Vaccination and Testing for Coming to the Conference

Per Loyola University Chicago requirements, campus visitors ages five and older must provide proof that they are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This means a person has received all recommended doses in their primary series COVID-19 vaccine and booster doses when eligible. Campus visitors who are not up to date on vaccinations must display proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within no more than 48 hours of an event to enter. At this time, PCR and rapid antigen tests will be accepted. Visitors/guests should display their vaccination status via the CLEAR Health Pass application upon arrival to an event. (If you are not able to access that application on your phone or prefer not to use an electronic application for details, you must show your vaccination proof or negative test proof at the PTO Conference registration desk.)

About Loyola’s partnership with Clear Health Pass Application

“Loyola University Chicago has partnered with CLEAR Health Pass, to provide easy proof of your vaccination status for faster entry. To get started, download the CLEAR app and enroll for free here.

  • For the most efficient entry possible, vaccinated attendees should create a free CLEAR account to provide proof of vaccination in order to enter.
  • Trust and transparency are CLEAR’s top priority, and with Health Pass, users are always in control of their health information. Personal information is only used to deliver a frictionless and secure experience with CLEAR and Loyola University Chicago. You can read more details about this in CLEAR’s Privacy Policy here.
  • If you have any questions about enrolling in CLEAR, please reach out to or tap “Get In Touch” in the app for assistance
  • Full instructions on how to complete your Health Pass see below:
    • Download the CLEAR app and tap the white Health Pass tile 
    • Tap ‘Events’ and the Loyola University Chicago tile
    • Easily enroll or verify your identity with a quick selfie
    • Follow the prompts to verify your proof of vaccination
    • Before you arrive, reopen the Health Pass tile and produce your pass. Green is good to go! Be ready to show security for faster entry.”

Current Travel and Lodging Information

Travel and lodging information can be found here.