The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB)



a two-day workshop

Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and
Sunday, March 27 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

facilitated by Kayhan Irani and Marie-Claire Picher

at The Brecht Forum
451 West Street
New York, New York 10014

Cop-in-the-Head is a collection of Theater of the Oppressed techniques
that uses games and exercises to recognize and confront internalized forms
of oppression, and explore power relations and collective solutions to
concrete problems. This is a method and set of techniques that is
especially useful for teachers and educators who work with disadvantaged
populations, social workers, psychologists and mental health
professionals, and community activists and organizers who are involved
with marginalized constituencies and constituencies which have
traditionally been the victims of bias and discrimination.

This workshop is open to all. No prior theater experience is necessary to
participate in this workshop. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. If
you have questions, please write to TOPLAB at

Note: Participants must commit to attending both sessions in their
entirety. During Theater of the Oppressed workshops a process develops
among the members and when people arrive late, leave early or fail to
return to the next session that process is compromised. If you think you
will not be able to attend the whole workshop please consider enrolling in
a future workshop when your schedule will allow you to attend for its
complete duration.

Tuition-sliding scale: $95-$150
Register online at


Other upcoming TOPLAB events:

TOPLAB at the Left Forum (Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20 at
Pace University, near City Hall in lower Manhattan. Left Forum info at

Saturday, March 19 at 3:00 pm in room W623: Theater of the Oppressed in
Building and Organizing Communities, with TOPLAB facilitators Janet
Gerson, Kayhan Irani and Marie-Claire Picher, and Falconworks Artist Group
founder and director Reg Flowers. More info at

plus TOPLAB facilitator Kayhan Irani will be on two other panels:

Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 am in room W504: The Challenge of Creating a
Culture of Culture on the US Left (sponsored by the Activist Poets
Roundtable; other panelists are Amy Paul, Fred Ho, John Pietaro and Steve
Bloom). More info at

Sunday, March 20 at 12:00 noon in room E318: Sharing a Culture for the US
Left (sponsored by the Activist Poets Roundtable; other panelists are Amy
Paul, Fred Ho, John Pietaro and Steve Bloom). More info at


Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17: Rainbow of Desire
more info at


Saturday, Sunday and Monday May 28-30: Invisible Theater
more info at


Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12: Workshop with Julian Boal–The Politics
of the Theater of the Oppressed
write to for more info


June (dates to be announced): Rashomon
write to for more info

"We must emphasize: What Brecht does not want is that the spectators
continue to leave their brains with their hats upon entering the theater,
as do bourgeois spectators….I believe that all the truly revolutionary
theatrical groups should transfer to the people the means of production in
the theater so that the people themselves may utilize them. The theater is
a weapon, and it is the people who should wield it." –Augusto Boal
(1931-2009), founder of the Theater of the Oppressed