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Literacies for All Summer Institute

Preconference Workshop

CELTCELT Cosponsored Preconference Workshop
Continuing the Tradition of Political Activism and Advocacy

Thursday, July 9:  11:45 a.m. -- 6:00 p.m.

Speaking Out and Acting Up: Using Theater Strategies for Activating Teachers, Students, and Communities to Respond to Oppressive and Controversial Situations

$65.00 (lunch included)

This year’s preconference will focus on the use of dramatic strategies to address issues confronting our students, our communities, and ourselves. As teachers and community members, we’re often confronted with events, laws, opinions, mandates, curriculum, and other impositions upon our classrooms, schools, and places in which we work and live. The focus of this year’s preconference is to learn, practice, and plan for the use of theater as a vehicle for raising consciousness and finding viable solutions to these complex issues. Whether we face issues of fairness in a kindergarten classroom, racism in a third grade classroom, sexism in a graduate course, or inequity within our community, the strategies that will be presented will offer unique ways to articulate and initiate response to critical social issues.

Theatre of the Oppressed NYCWe’re thrilled that Theatre of the Oppressed NYC will be present to lead the workshop. Through partnerships with social service organizations and city agencies, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC (TONYC) creates theatre troupes with community members who face pressing social, economic, health, and human rights issues.

The troupes create and perform plays based on real-life struggles, which engage diverse audiences in theatrical brainstorming--or Forum Theatre--to activate communities and creatively challenge systems of oppression.

The company was founded by Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner, theatre artist, and circus artist. Katy trained with Augusto Boal, Brazilian theatre director and creator of the Theatre of the Oppressed methodology, in Rio in 2008, and returned to New York to find a lack of "popular theatre" (interactive theatre created by communities facing oppression). Since then TONYC has grown rapidly in response to a need for theatre-for-social-change created in partnership with communities in crisis.  

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This year’s interactive preconference continues as another in a series that focus on offering specific strategies that teachers and activists can use in our sustained struggle for decency, equity, and respect for all. Our commitment to education as a human right remains central to the work of the preconference. We look forward to meeting and working with you this summer.

Members of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC

Preconference Host:
Rick Meyer, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

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