Representative Projects

Advocacy group, government, and NGO workshops including:

  • HIRE government-supported agency that helps displaced workers get training and new jobs: workshops on intraoffice communication, cooperation, leadership, and consensus
  • DePaul University community: workshop on intervention and activism after the 2016 presidential election
  • Urban Teacher World: workshops on self-perception, community building, and problem solving
  • UW-Madison: TO seminar for student activists/community service leaders
  • UW-Milwaukee staff: Community & Cultures workshops on whiteness & privilege.
  • UW-Milwaukee School of Education: seminar on ways to integrate TO practices in teacher education
  • Pearls for Teen Girls: workshops on sexism and power
  • Growing Food & Justice (promotes social justice by challenging food economics and politics): workshops on community leadership, dismantling racism, and white privilege.
  • Project Q (support group for LGBTQ+ teens): development of Forum plays about harassment and coming out
  • Neighborhood House (working in Milwaukee’s underserved neighborhoods): workshop on story-sharing as activism
  • Milwaukee Public School Community Learning Centers: staff workshops on dismantling cultures of violence
  • Pathfinders: Forum Theatre on issues of concern to runaway teens
  • The Bridge (a halfway house for previously incarcerated men): Forum Theatre performances about problems of reintegration into society
  • Milwaukee Center for Independence: workshops on community building, communication, and cultural competence
  • Casa Romero Renewal Center: workshops on communities of respect
  • Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence, University of Alaska-Anchorage: workshops on difficult dialogues
  • Theater der Unterdrückten Wien, Austria: workshop on TO techniques
  • Conner Prairie Museum, Indiana: online workshop on leading DEI programs
  • University of Wisconsin MATCH (Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health) project: workshop on antiracism
  • Warehouse Theatre and Gallery, Chicago: developing Forum performances examining student poverty and consent
  • PTO, Australasian Theatre Association, PPLG, and other conferences: workshops on various techniques and uses of TO and The Virtues Project

Student workshops including:

  • St. Charles and FOCUS (high schools for students expelled from traditional schools because of violence or criminal activity): Habit and issue exploration workshops
  • UW-Madison’s Cultural Alliance Center: Introduction to TO workshop.
  • Story School: development of a mixed-media Forum performance on bullying and “snitching”
  • Hun School of Princeton, NJ: workshops on activism and commitment
  • Marquette Law School: workshops on peer mediation
  • Spotted Eagle School: development of Forum Theatre about relationships and community
  • Urban Teacher World: workshops on unlocking potential and power
  • DePaul University: introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed for graduate students
  • Milwaukee Public Schools: 20 Teaching Artist residencies exploring Freirean educational practices resulting in Forum plays, graphic storybooks, and videos about creating learning communities of respect, responsibility, and empathy

For booking or additional information, please contact
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.

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.

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

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

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



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.