Conference Details for Attendees

Hello! Below are the details for the 24th Annual Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Pueblo, Colorado: ¡El pueblo unido!
The People United! Some sections and use the table of contents below to assist with navigation.

Table of Contents

Abolition Solidarity & Transformative Accountability
Community Guidelines
Check-In and On-Site Registration
Schedule & Conference Guide
Opening Session
Food Information
Allergies & Sensitivities
Accessibility, Language Justice, and Disability Justice
Photo & Video Policy
Things to do at the Denver International Airport
Airport Shuttle Information
Local Shuttle Information
Parking Information
Conference Bookstore
Contact Us During the Conference

Abolition Solidarity & Transformative Accountability

PTO stands in solidarity with abolition as a praxis. As defined by the Abolition Journal, “‘Abolition’ refers partly to the historical and contemporary movements that have identified themselves as ‘abolitionist’: those against slavery, prisons, the wage system, animal and earth exploitation, racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence, and the death penalty, among others.” We recognize that to involve police in any conflict is an act of supporting state violence against all peoples. We recognize that the police, the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration, institutionalization, and other such systems are all state efforts to reduce peoples’ rights to their own bodies – especially Black folks, people of color broadly, poor people, undocumented people, queer and trans folks, disabled people, and many other marginalized folks. We also recognize the ongoing relationship between police, private property, and capitalist exploitation, as well as both the historical and contemporary role of the police in efforts to dis-organize and criminalize collective mobilization. Calling police for “assistance” is in direct conflict with transformative justice practices, created primarily through efforts in Indigenous, Black, and anarchist communities, which PTO does support.

We encourage attendees who need assistance with any issue to please reach out to PTO board members and divest from police. If you have experienced harm from anyone within or outside the conference, we promise to do everything in our power to support the healing of those harmed, connect people to healing and intervention resources, and facilitate a justice process lead by those harmed and any supportive persons they would like involved (if they choose this path).

Additional Notes on Campus Security & Local Police
Although PTO has not requested police be present, CSU-Pueblo maintains a staff of campus police which do monitor campus and may pass through the building where we are holding our conference. If you feel the need to reach the CSU-Pueblo campus police, you may call 719-549-2373 to reach their non-emergency line. Blue Light emergency phones are available around campus should the need to arise to contact Campus Police. Lastly, dialing “911” will allow you reach local police if necessary.

Community Guidelines

  1. We are on Ute, Cheyenne, Jicarilla Apache, and ancestral Puebloan lands. Please take care of this space and land with the mindfulness of visitors and the humility of occupiers.
  2. Jargon Finger (raise and wiggle your index finger to let a presenter know when a word is confusing) + Speak Up/Amplify (speak up at times when voices like yours may not be appreciated or heard and amply the voices of marginalized folks when their contributions are being overlooked) + Use Mic’s (please respect those who are hard of hearing and use the microphone for accessibility)!
  3. Prioritize Impact over Intent. When you cause harm, apologize and do better.
  4. Use “I” terminology such as “I think…”, “I believe…”, “In my experience…” None of us can represent an entire community.
  5. Believe survivors & all people impacted by oppression. And at the same time, work from an understanding that people are not disposable.
  6. For folks operating from positions of dominance (white, men, documented, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied, etc), we are intentional in mentioning that this will not feel like a safe space for all. Often safety is confused with comfort, and comfort can be a by-product of up-holding the status quo. We are intentional about disrupting the status quo; therefore, the process of growth and change may feel uncomfortable at times. We invite you to lean into this discomfort, be brave, and name when oppressive harm is happening.
  7. Practice self-care and community-care. As mentioned above, if you are harmed or simply need additional support, please reach out to a board member (who you’ll find listed at the end of the conference guide).

Check-In and On-Site Registration

Check-in and on-site registration for the Conference will be available at the following dates/times and locations:

  • Thursday, June 13th, 4:30pm – 6:30pm MDT (GMT-6) @El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003, USA
  • Friday, June 14th, 8:00am – 5:00pm MDT (GMT-6) @Occhiato University Center, 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
  • Saturday, June 15th, 8:30am – 5:00pm MDT (GMT-6) @Occhiato University Center, 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA

Schedule & Conference Guide

The can find a schedule overview the downloadable Conference Guide, and detailed conference information at SCHED.

Opening Session

Thursday, June 13th at 6:30pm MDT (GMT-6) @El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N Union Ave, Pueblo, CO 81003, USA
Please join us for the opening conference session performance of Forum Theatre from the pre-conference workshop participants, jokered by Julian Boal, and with an opening by Grupo Xochitl.

Food During the Conference

Please note that all attendees will have access to breakfast provided by hotels within our block reservations without additional charge. If you reserved outside the PTO block, please contact your hotel to find out if breakfast is provided. PTO will provide lunch on Friday and Saturday, and our meals will include vegan, vegetarian, meat, gluten, and gluten-free options. Dinner will be on-your-own and we highly recommend checking out some of the local food places. Find additional information about food and dining in the 2019 Conference Guidebook.

Allergies and Sensitivities

We often have many conference attendees with allergies to a variety of nuts. We have requested that none of the prepared foods include nuts, but also recognize that many of our vegan attendees and others with specific food needs depend on nuts to maintain a balanced diet. Therefore, we ask that you only eat nuts outdoors or in the designated nut room at the conference. Please ALWAYS wash your hands after eating nuts to avoid causing anyone an allergic reaction. We strongly encourage attendees to be as scent-free as possible.

Many people have scent allergies or sensitives that make participation at conferences more challenging. For example, some people get severe headaches or migraines from smells. Please consider using scent free hair products, hygiene products, and abstaining from colognes or perfumes.

Accessibility, Language Justice, and Disability Justice

PTO is continuing to expand our efforts to provide an accessible conference space and we could really use your help! Here are some ideas to get us started on ways we can all support accessibility, language justice, and disability justice as presenters and/or attendees:

  1. Practice asking others what they need to be successful and defining what you need to be successful in collaboration with others.
  2. Use clear language and always explain field-specific language or jargon.
  3. Identify and remove ableism in your language. For example, you might say “move” instead of “walk” since some people move through the world without walking. Instead of someone “suffering” from a disability, they experience a disability.
  4. Be conscientious of others’ bodies when you move around the conference. Some people do not have great balance or may have disabilities that impact mobility, sight, etc. which you cannot “obviously” identify. If someone is doing something you find unusual (rocking, dancing, flapping, humming), remember that we all care for ourselves in our own ways.
  5. Sit rather than stand or “kneel” when speaking to wheel chair users. It can get exhausting to look up at so many people all day!
  6. We are all lifelong student-teachers, everyone deserves respect, and each of us has extraordinary capacity to create change. Conference attendees and the broader PO and TO communities include community leaders, academics, youth, adults, and elders, people with and without disabilities, people who communicate verbally and/or non-verbally. Each of us is an expert in our lives and has the “capacity” to contribute to social movement building and positive social change. Communicating differently, utilizing a translator, or requesting accommodations or supports does not make someone less deserving of respect or opportunity to participate in movement building. Similarly, please do not describe anyone as “having the capacity” of a certain age or having the “intelligence” of a certain age. The concept of “intelligence” is a ableist, racist, colonialist concept used to privilege some at the expense of the many. Capacity is so much more complex and should be defined by each person.
  7. Ask if people would like support and do not assume what others might need or not need. Remember that we all depend upon each other and that interdependence is necessary and healing when done consensually and mutually.
  8. Do not expect Deaf and hard of hearing folks to lip read, use implants or hearing aids, or speak verbally. Make the effort to communicate on mutually respected terms.
  9. Tips for cross-linguistic communication: Do not assume that everyone is most comfortable speaking in English, and try to get support for interpretation from volunteers, board members, and other folks in our conference community when needed. Allow time for interpretation so that everyone can participate! Engage directly with whomever you are having a discussion, rather than the interpreter who is there to support.
  10. Sometimes competing access needs happen. Let’s creatively work together to create the most access and inclusion possible, and also to name when we fall short.


All restrooms in the Occhiato University Center are ADA compliant. Conference workshops will take place on the “lower level”, “main level”, and “upper level” and these floors are connected by elevators as well as stairs. The Lower Level and Upper Level will have all-gender multi-stall restrooms. The Main Level will have gender segregated restrooms.

Please use whichever bathroom you choose. PTO and our collaborators recognize that gender segregated spaces, such as gender segregated restrooms, are often unnecessary and harmful, especially to transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, especially people of color, often have to function the entire day without safe access to facilities due to fear of harassment and violence.

As part of our commitment to the prevention of violence against marginalized communities and in support of survivors attending this event, we offer gender inclusive restrooms. Please support us in our commitment to ending oppression and violence, and be respectful and affirming. If you have questions about this policy please feel free to contact any of the PTO Board members throughout the conference.

Photo & Video Policy

By attending this conference, participants grant permission to The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Organization, Conference, and its agents or volunteers to use photographs and/or video and audio taken during the conference. These images may be used in educational and documentary materials such as Public Service Announcements, Grant Applications, Video Documentaries, and both printed and online newsletters. Furthermore, participants authorize the use of images, likenesses, and voices for all program promotion, materials, and any other purposes in connection with the program deemed appropriate and necessary by The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference. However, PTO is also aware that some people truly do not want to be photographed, and we want to respect those wishes. In the event that participants do not want to be photographed, notification may be indicated through the use of a red dot clearly displayed on conference credentials (which will be available at conference registration booth). Not displaying this indicator will void lack of consent and absolve the conference of any and all liability pertaining to the use of images, likenesses, and/or voices.

I hereby agree to release, defend, and hold harmless The Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Organization and Conference and its agents or employees, including any firm publishing and/or distributing the finished product in whole or in part, whether on paper, via electronic media, or on web series, from any claim, damager, or liability arising from or related to the use of the photographs/video, including but not limited to any misuse, distortion, blurring, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in taking, processing, reduction, or production of the finish product, its publication, or distribution.

Things to do at the Denver International Airport

Welcome to the Denver Airport! Have some time?

First Things First! Read up on the strange and startling history of conspiracy theories at DIA:

Food to Fuel You! Lots and lots of options. A, B, and C gates all have a vast range of types of food and pricing. They are also easy to get between. For veg, gluten free, and low price options, see below:

Chef Jimmy’s Bistro & Spirits
Location: A Gates, Center Core
Foods Available: American, Breakfast, Gluten-free, Italian, Vegetarian
Price: $10 to $20

Modern Market
Location: B Gates, Center Core
Foods Available: American, Breakfast, Gluten-free, Healthy Choice, Vegetarian
Price: $10 to $20

Modern Market
Location: C Gates, Near Gate C28
Foods Available: American, Breakfast, Coffee, Gluten-free, Healthy Choice, Snacks & Sweet Treats
Price: $10 to $20

Root Down
Location: C Gates, Center Core
Foods Available: American, Breakfast, Gluten-free, Healthy Choice, Vegetarian
Price: $10 to $20

Art and Activities! Goat yoga. Art exhibitions. There’s always something happening. Currently, check out the Talking Gargoyle. More info here:

“Summer@DEN” has turned the Plaza into a garden. There are Wellness Wednesdays and Fly Away Friday activities. More info here:

Shopping! Yes….there’s a lot of it. Everything from “Be Hippy” to “Tattered Cover Bookstore” to “SEE’s Candies.” Go forth.

Airport Shuttle Information

Denver International Airport: 8500 Peña Blvd, Denver, CO 80249

We recommend flying into the Denver International Airport and arranging ground transportation in advance. Driving from the airport to Pueblo, Colorado takes approximately 2 hours. Pueblo does not have a commercial airport; the closest airport is in Denver. The deadline for placing a reservation on the PTO-subsidized airport shuttle has already passed, so if you have not made a shuttle reservation, please be sure to arrange your transportation from Denver to Pueblo in advance. No walk-up shuttle reservations will be available. Denver airport security lines can be very long, so please plan to arrive to the airport well in advance of your return flight.
We DO NOT recommend taking a taxi from Denver to Pueblo unless you have no other option or unless there are two or three passengers. It is very expensive—$200+!

Details for those with a reservation: Please arrive on time! The shuttle will leave on time even if not everyone is present. You do NOT need to bring a copy of your reservation.
Airport Shuttle Schedule

  • June 10th, Denver International Airport to Pueblo Hotels: 2pm, 6pm
  • June 13th, Denver International Airport to Pueblo Hotels: 10am, 1pm, 3pm
  • June 16th, Pueblo to Denver International Airport: 6am (Pick up at Ramada and at Holiday Inn), 1pm (Pick up at Occhiato University Center on campus), 3pm (Pick up at Ramada and at Holiday Inn)

Airport Pick-Up & Drop-off Location: Jeppesen Terminal (Level 5), Denver International Airport
Once you arrive at the airport, go down to the lower level of the airport to take the subway train to “Terminal”. The airport shuttle vans are provided by Transit Shuttle Van. Each driver has the cell phone number you provided during registration, so they will be in touch with you directly if you have not arrived at the shuttle when they are expecting you.

In case of a flight delay that will cause you to miss your shuttle, please contact Rebecca Struch (650- 535-2088) immediately so she can try to find an alternate solution for your transportation. Unfortunately, the shuttle vans will not be able to wait for delayed passengers, but we may be able to assist by getting you booked onto a later shuttle. PTO cannot guarantee alternate transportation in case of delay, but we will always do our best to assist you.

Pueblo Drop-off Location(s): Ramada Hotel & Hilton Inn
The airport shuttle vans will drop off at two locations.
The first drop-off will be at the Ramada hotel (4703 North Freeway, Pueblo). All passengers staying at the Ramada, the Econolodge, and the Hampton Inn should get off at this stop. All three hotels are within a short walking distance of each other (less than 5 minutes). If this presents an accessibility concern for you, please contact Rebecca Struch (650- 535-2088) in advance to make alternate accommodations.
The second drop-off is across the highway at the Hilton Inn. All passengers staying at the Hilton Inn should get off at this stop.

Contacts for Urgent Shuttle Matters
Primary Contact: Rebecca Struch: 650- 535-2088
Secondary Contact: Sasha Sigel: 608-515-8688

Local Shuttle Information

PTO has also arranged for local shuttle transfer between the hotels and all pre-conference and conference activities. A detailed shuttle schedule is included below for your reference. This is a complimentary shuttle for all registered conference attendees. No payment is required.

Pick-up/Drop-Off Locations
There are two pick-up/drop-off locations for all hotels in the PTO hotel blocks:

  1. RAMADA (4703 North Freeway, Pueblo): This stop should be used for all passengers staying at the Ramada, the EconoLodge and the Hampton Inn. All three hotels are within a 5-minute walking distance of this shuttle stop.
  2. HILTON INN (4530 Dillon Drive, Pueblo): This stop should be used for all passengers staying at the Hilton Inn.

There is one pick-up/drop-off location on the CSU-Pueblo campus:

  1. OCCHIATO UNIVERSITY CENTER (2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo)

Please plan to be at the shuttle stops at least 5 minutes before the scheduled departure time to ensure the shuttle does not leave without you. The shuttles will keep to their schedule in order to ensure you do not miss any conference activities.

For detailed schedule information regarding the local shuttle, please look at pages 14 – 16 of the 2019 Conference Guidebook.


Driving to Campus and Local Parking
For those driving while in Pueblo, there is complimentary parking at all hotels in our hotel blocks, as well as on campus near the Occhiato University Center.

Please note that the address for Occhiato University Center (2200 Bonforte Blvd) is the main campus address. We have included a map of campus below to help direct you to the correct building. Once you arrive on campus, follow Bartley Boulevard around to building 12 as shown on the attached map. You will see a blue sign for the University Center and a small lot with parking. There are overflow lots nearby if this lot is full. PTO will also have signs to help direct you to the correct building, and to indicate the best places to park on campus. The campus is not very large but please do allow ample time for parking.

Remember: Parking is not permitted in any RESERVED space. Parking is also not permitted any DISABILITY ACCESSIBLE spot unless the person has an accessible placard or license plate. Please be reminded that ALL reserved spaces including visitor reserved and Admissions reserved, 15/30 minute loading and unloading zones, re lanes, tow away zones and disability accessible spaces will remain strictly enforced during this period.

For parking at El Pueblo History Museum
The Main Street Parking Garage (118 S Main Street, Pueblo, CO) offers free parking and is just a few blocks from the Museum. Please read all signs carefully when parking in Downtown Pueblo. Please DO NOT park in the lot on the west side of the Museum on S Grant – they will ticket and tow.

Still seeking additional translators

If you can translate between Spanish and English or Portuguese and English, we’d be grateful if you wanted to offer an hour or two (or more!) of your time toward our translation team. Translation skills for other languages welcome, too, of course, but these are the two languages for which we have specific translation requests. If you are interested in supporting the conference community this way, please submit the information to our Volunteer Form.

Campus Bookstore & Other Gear

#PTO2019 Bookstore and Gear!
Want to pick up some new books about Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Theatre of the Oppressed, and other allied work? Stop by the Campus Bookstore, located on the main level of Occhiato University Center, to browse exciting titles throughout the conference! The Bookstore will be open Friday, June 14 from 8am-5pm and Saturday, June 15 from 8am-2pm.

PTO Gear and other Fun Stuff!
Looking for some PTO gear to take home? We will have #PTO2019 conference t-shirts, buttons, and posters available, as well as PTO organization t-shirts and more! Look for our table in the lobby outside the Ballroom on the main floor of the Occhiato University Center. Cash and credit card will be accepted.

We sincerely thank you for your patience as our all-volunteer collective works to host this international gathering with more than 80 workshops, papers, and dialogues. We know the lack of a paid administrator can lead to delays with some of the many emails we receive each day. The volunteer labor model is currently part of how we can afford to encourage increased attendance of people who would not be able to afford other conferences of this kind. In the last several years, we have significantly improved our ability to welcome those who are not expressly supported by an academic institution. If you would like to volunteer to help host or support future conferences or to help us strengthen our organizing capacity, please attend any of the meetings with board members and let us know! We’re so looking forward to welcoming you to our 24th Annual Conference!

Need to reach us directly during the conference? Please feel free to text or call: 650- 535-2088.

In Solidarity,
The PTO Board & the 2019 Conference Local Planning Committee