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Center for Applied Theatre

The Center for Applied Theatre uses techniques based on those developed by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, theatre director, and activist Augusto Boal, and those of the Virtues Project to assist groups to fight oppression, examine attitudes and habits, explore power and privilege, invite open dialogue, develop creativity, identify problems, and actively test solutions for real life implementation. Our programs and workshops release potential in individuals while building group cohesion and promoting action towards change. We pledge to actively support anti-racism in words and deeds!

Special Event

We invite you to join us online on March 27 to share an exciting Forum Theatre performance of Raise Your Hand ONLY If You Know the Right Answer – created and performed by Rangbhumi (A Happy Playground) theatre group and young people 12-14 years old from Mumbai, India. The interactive performance will open a dialogue about the difficulties students and teachers face as they grapple with systems and pressures in school and at home and provide an excellent introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed and its relationship to pedagogy and activism.

After the performance there will be an opportunity to explore how participants might use Applied Theatre and other arts to support youth programs, educators, and teaching artists and to create future projects which center the voices of youth in the examination of educational systems and learning. If your school or organization does not currently use theatre or other arts, this is an opportunity to begin. If you already use the arts, this is an opportunity for collaborative expansion.

CAT  has continued working as hard as we can to support anti-racist efforts and to develop TO and VP based techniques to fight oppression. Jenny continues to host Virtues Project monthly discussions on line and will begin her second series of workshops focusing on challenging white fragility and implementing anti-racist practice in March. Mark is developing an online Introduction to TO for University students and continues to edit the PTO Journal which recently published its Fall 2020 issue.

As always, we are looking for new opportunities to serve educational institutions, NGOs, and activist groups as they develop progressive programs to transform themselves and their communities, to support student-centered learning and educational reform, and to fight racism. As a 501c3 organization, we are happy to participate in grant writing to fund new projects! Feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions or would like us to offer some workshops online or, in the future, at your location.

Applied Theatre Programs…

CLARIFY OBJECTIVES, BUILD SKILLS AND REHEARSE PRACTICAL ACTION by engaging participants in interactive theatre techniques and exercises to examine issues, plan actions, and practice strategies to become active participants in transformation.

DEVELOP COMMUNITY, INVITE OPEN DIALOGUE, AND FOSTER EXCHANGE OF IDEAS in a stimulating and supportive environment. Working together, participants recognize old habits, develop new responses, challenge old power relationships, envision  positive change, promote equity, and strengthen the inner resources necessary to persevere.

SUPPORT GROUP EFFORTS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AND FIGHT OPPRESSION by actively exploring issues of concern. Participants imagine and practice ways to improve the communities and institutions in which they live and work.

DEVELOP CREATIVITY while having fun doing whole-brain, whole-body activities which are designed to encourage individual initiative, self-awareness, personal accountability, and flexibility in thought and action.

CENTER for APPLIED THEATRE PROGRAMS transform ideas into action in ways that are challenging and supportive, entertaining and effective. CAT has worked with students, educators, administrators, worker organizations, youth groups, service associations, community centers, social justice activists, NGOs, and others to explore ways in which people can voice their concerns and become peaceful agents of meaningful change.

Let the Center for Applied Theatre design a program that fits your needs. Contact us today!