Co-Founders

Mark Weinberg (MFA, Ph.D. – University of Minnesota) is co-founder of The Center for Applied Theatre. He has 40 years of university experience teaching traditional and applied theatre and communication skills. Mark began his study of TO with Augusto Boal in 1992 and has conducted workshops and training sessions for educators, administrators, students, business leaders, theatres, NGOs and community organizations in the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Austria. He has published and lectured widely on theatre and social activism and chronicled the development of collective theatre in his book Challenging the Hierarchy: Collective Theatre in the United States (Greenwood Press, 1992). He recently conducted theatre workshops on activism and commitment with students at the Hun School of Princeton, workshops which use Shakespeare to inspire young people to look at issues of family relationships, bullying, and self-advocacy in their own lives with Optimist Theatre, and a workshop on power, communication, and organizational structure with Arts at Large. He served on the PTO Board for nine years and was editor of the PTO Journal for three issues. A 6th Degree Black Belt in Karate, Mark taught leadership skills through the martial arts for 21 years. He is also a story-telling coach for Ex Fabula.

Jenny Wanasek (B.F.A. – UW-Milwaukee) is co-founder of the Center for Applied Theatre. Her training includes 10+ multi-day workshops in Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal, Beyond Racism and Ally Building with Healing Our Nation, and facilitator certification with The Virtues Project, in addition to her degree in acting. Her applied theatre work includes interactive projects, new play development, community building, and communication technique and problem-solving workshops for groups as diverse as PEARLS for Teen Girls, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, HIRE, UW-Milwaukee faculty and staff, and various NGOs and other service organizations. She has conducted TO training workshops all over the US and in Austria, has distinguished herself as both a director and actor in the professional theatre, and taught acting, directing, and TO techniques at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for twenty years. She is currently leading workshops on how to talk to children about race and racism and ones focused on Anti-racism and White Fragility for adults.

We have worked with groups creating Forum Theatre focused on many issues including bullying, immigration, running away, dropping out of school, social reintegration after incarceration, alcohol consumption and sexual harassment, pressure to have sex, oppressive pedagogy, coming out, workplace discrimination, intervention strategies, and community building. CAT’s other projects include development of a multi-media installation with public school students around the issues related to bullying and violence, workshops on making positive choices with elementary and middle school students and with first offenders at Project Excel, Fill the Gaps teaching artist residencies in six MPS schools, workshops at the UW-Milwaukee Institute of World Affairs as part of the Global Action Through Engagement (GATE) program, intervention strategy planning at De Paul University, online DEI workshops with Conner Prairie Museum and the UW-Madison MATCH program, and an online workshop at the international PPLG conference. CAT was in residence at two MPS schools conducting Virtues in Action programs using Theatre of the Oppressed to explore colonialism, racism, and community building. Below is a list of some of our past projects. You can read about one of the Image Theatre techniques developed by CAT for use in problem definition in Come Closer: Critical Perspectives on Theatre of the Oppressed (Lang, 2012).

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the Center for Applied Theatre.

Kathleen Ramona Rice Reddy

is a teacher and student of history and culture. Her concern is for increasing knowledge and understanding so that we will have justice for all.

EDUCATION
Elementary and high school on the south side of Chicago where she was a National Merit Scholar. The area was and remains a largely African American part of the city due to redlining and racial segregation.
BA Michigan State University and University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign. Major in Early Childhood education, minor in social studies.
M.Ed. University of Illinois – Urbana/Champaign.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Workshops on understanding unconscious and internalized racism and the history of racism in the US.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching positions in Decatur and Urbana, Illinois, and Cedarburg, Grafton, and Shorewood, Wisconsin.
University of Chicago Lab School – Nursery through 2nd grade.

RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Kathleen has co-lead workshops and discussions about racism and how to heal our nation.

 

JULIAN BOAL 

Co-founder (with Geo Britto) and pedagogical coordinator of Escola de Teatro Popular (ETP; The School of Popular Theatre, in Rio de Janeiro)

JULIAN BOAL is a teacher, researcher, and practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed. He has facilitated workshops in more than 25 countries and has collaborated on several international festivals of Theatre of the Oppressed: in India with Jana Sanskriti, in Spain with Pa’tothom, in Portugal with Óprima, in Croatia with the Istrian National Theater, in France with GTO-Paris, and in Brazil with CTO-Rio. Some other groups and movements with whom he has worked closely include MST (the Landless Workers Movement) and MSTB (the Roofless Movement of Bahia) in Brazil and La Dignidad In Argentina. In Paris, he was a founding member of the Ambaata collective, which worked alongside migrant workers, and he also worked with GTO-Paris and Féminisme Enjeux. He participated in the design and realization of the exhibition on Augusto Boal at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil in 2015 and curated part of the Utopia International festival, held in Maricá, Brazil, in 2016. He collaborated with Sergio de Carvalho as assistant playwright for two recent plays of Companhia do Latão (São Paulo): Those Who Stay (2015) and The Bread and The Stone (2016). He holds a Master’s degree in History from the Sorbonne (Paris IV) and a Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Boal is the author of Images of a Popular Theatre (Hucitec, 2000) and co-editor of the DVD & essay booklet Theatre of the Oppressed in Actions (with Kelly Howe and Scot McElvany, Routledge, 2015) and The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed (with Kelly Howe and José Soeiro, Routledge, 2019). He is co-founder (with Geo Britto) and pedagogical coordinator of Escola de Teatro Popular (ETP; The School of Popular Theatre, in Rio de Janeiro), a school run by social movements for social movements, where political unity is practiced at the grassroots level through the practice of theatre. He is also a member of the Instituto Augusto Boal in Rio.

 

S Leigh Thompson

Strategist, facilitator, and Consultant for Go Beyond Diversity

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska I moved to New York in 2005. A white and Native trans queer person with disability, I have spent my entire adult life working at the intersections of art and social justice and equity, utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and working with the queer and trans* movements. I work with organizations, businesses, community groups, faculty and students to strengthen understanding about power, privilege and oppression and to provide stronger tools to make positive change in the world.

In 2000, I started organizing in Omaha as the voter canvassing coordinator against the so-called Defense of Marriage Amendment. Ever since I have been dedicated to developing and supporting change-makers. I have worked for several non-profits including the ACLU, GLSEN, Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation and The Forum Project. I also have worked for large and small for-profit businesses in service, finance and retail industries. As a consultant, I’ve worked with many clients to understand the impacts of systemic power, to develop strong critical analysis to help develop tools for doing good work better. I bring experience training advocates and organizers across the country on non-profit management, legislative advocacy, campaign strategies and engagement and most commonly on positive and effective strategies for addressing power, privilege and oppression in their work.

I hold a BA in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a individualized Master of Arts from Gallatin at New York University, focusing on utilizing creative participation for political and social change with course work in community studies, public policy, non-profit management and campaign strategies. I have studied Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and other creative pedagogy techniques since the late nineties, working with facilitators from around the world, and have trained with TO’s founder Augusto Boal multiple occasions. I was also a Out in Front Leadership Fellow with Stonewall Community Foundation in 2011. I am proud to have served as a Board Member and Board President of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed from 2011 to 2018.