IMG_7822Center for the Theater of the Oppressed (CTO) began in 1986 as a center for research and dissemination, developing a specific methodology of Theater of the Oppressed (TO) in workshops and seminars of a permanent nature for review, testing, analysis and systematization of exercises, games and theatrical techniques. From the workshops and seminars emerge projects of a socio-cultural, theatrical and artistic nature, taking the aesthetics of the oppressed as the basis.

The philosophy and actions of this institution are dedicated to the democratization of the means of cultural production, facilitating the intellectual expansion of its participants, as well as spreading TO as a means of enabling and strengthening democratic citizenship. CTO implements projects that stimulate the active participation of oppressed strata of society, and aim to transform reality through dialog and by means of the aesthetic.

In this way the center of Theater of the Oppressed develops projects in the area of education, mental health, prison system, culture, social movements, communities, among others. On account of its nature humanities and the potential of Theater of the Oppressed, is active in the whole of Brazil and in countries such as Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Angola and Senegal.


Organizational Profile

Mission: To promote the strengthening of citizenship and social justice through the Theater of the Oppressed, as a means of democracy in transforming society.

Vision: We seek to ensure that the oppressed classes and those marginalized from society become the producers of their own art and protagonists of their lives.



We are lovers of life. This love impels us to develop our work in struggling for respect of diversity. We value life in all of its forms, seeking the balance of human action with nature.

We believe that no quest is fair or honest if performed without ethics. It is here that we base our way of working.

We have a commitment and ethical obligation to the oppressed. Solidarity is the strength of the method. When we partner with a cause, we are supporting and co-responsible for it.

The human capacity to invent, imagine and transform through art is infinite, which helps us rediscover and recover the strength to fight.

We believe in dialogue as a means in the pursuit of peace. We want a peaceful world, but never a passive world.