The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) presents An Introduction to Image Theater: a one-day workshop facilitated by Marie-Claire Picher

Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

at The Brecht Forum
451 West Street (West Side Highway at Bank Street, one block north of West Eleventh Street)
New York City

Image Theater, part of the repertory of Theater of the Oppressed, was created by the late Brazilian director and cultural activist Augusto Boal (1931-2009).

Drawing on the theories of popular education developed by his friend and colleague, Paulo Freire, Boal appropriated theater games and exercises for use as organizing tools by communities in struggle. These tools are designed to develop individual skills of observation and self-reflection, and cooperative group interactions. Image Theater is the ideal starting point for training in Theater of the Oppressed techniques. In Image Theater, leadership- and consensus-building games and techniques are used to explore relations of power and group solutions to concrete problems of oppression through "living body imagery". Discussions begin to take place through the language of
images, offering a fresh approach to power analysis and new opportunities for the exchange of ideas.
This workshop is open to all and no prior theater experience is necessary to participate. Pre- registration is strongly encouraged. Please write to to let us know that you will be attending.
Marie-Claire Picher is a co-founder (1990) of the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory and has worked and collaborated closely with Augusto Boal until his death in 2009. One of the most experienced Theater of the Oppressed practitioners in North America, she has presented thousands of hours of TO facilitation training in New York and throughout the United States, as well as in Chiapas, Tabasco, Mexico City, Guatemala and Cuba.

Tuition–sliding scale: $45-$95
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