December 11th-22nd, 2017
Center for the Theater of the Oppressed
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Training at CTO not only impacted my work with youth but how I navigate and see the world. It pushed me to think deeper about structural powers and my role and power in challenging them.– Veline Mojarro, CTO Training 2015 & 2016. Veline is a Chicana Angelino artist who’s returned to CTO time and time again to strengthen her work as an art educator in LAUSD public schools.
Throughout the T.O. courses at CTO, I felt that I was at the source/the heart of Boal’s work with Theater of the Oppressed, from learning the techniques in a precise and clear way and exchanging ideas with human beings whose work combats oppression, to experiencing Forum Theater in communities created and facilitated by incredible young people active in this movement.– Hanna Jacobsen, CTO Training 2015. Hanna is a California-born dancer & educator whose training at CTO Rio in 2015 continues to be utilized in her cross-cultural work in Brazil and the US.
The workshops at CTO Rio showed me how oppression goes beyond words– it’s engrained in the movements of our bodies, in the rhythms we reproduce, in the images we project. Even if we don’t live in the same country or speak the same language, we can find commonality and create bonds of solidarity through artistic expression. CTO connects people from all over the world!– Laura Rose Brylowski, CTO International Resident 2015-2016. Laura Rose is a US-born academic-activist who was a long-term International Resident at CTO Rio and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Ethnic & Racial Relations in Rio de Janeiro.
The program will be taught by Geo Britto with a special guest lecture each by Julian Boal and Barbara Santos.
Geo Brito is a long-time member of Center for Theater of the Oppressed, Rio de Janeiro having joined the team in 1990. He is currently the Artistic Director of the School for Popular Theater (Escola de Teatro Popular — ETP). He has coordinated and participated in a myriad of T.O. projects in favelas (slums), prisons, mental health institutions, schools, universities and cultural centers: T.O. in Maré (2013-2016), T.O. in Mental Health (2005-2010), Cultural Center “Ponto de Cultura” (2005-2008), and T.O. in Prisons (2003-2007). He has led lectures, workshops and performances in Palestine, Bolivia, Mozambique, Egypt, India, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Germany, UK, Canada and the U.S. Britto holds a Master’s in Contemporary Arts Studies from Universidade Federal Fluminense.
Julian Boal has led T.O. workshops in over 25 countries and helped in the realization of T.O. festivals & conferences in India, Croatia, Spain, France and Brazil. He published the book “Images of Popular Theater” and has participated in groups such as Ambaata, GTO-Paris, and Féminisme Enjeux. He holds a PhD and is founder and pedagogical coordinator of the School for Popular Theater (Escola de Teatro Popular– ETP).
Barbara Santos is Artistic Director of KURINGA, a Theater of the Oppressed center in Berlin, and of T.O.gether Project & International Theatre Company made up of organizations from 7 different European nations. She is also the Artistic Director of the International Ma(g)dalena Network (Rede Magdalena Internacional), made up of world-wide feminist groups. In Brazil, Santos collaborates with Center for Theater of the Oppressed as the Editor of the journal METAXIS. She has 28 rich years of experience with the methodology, having practiced it in over 40 countries. She is the author of THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED, Roots & Wings: A Theory of the Praxis, released in 2016, available in Portuguese & Spanish.