Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

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Educational Theatre Faculty: Alexander Santiago-Jirau

Alexander Santiago-Jirau is an educator, advocate and theatre artist committed to the use oftheatre for youth and community development. He is Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at The Center for Arts Education (, where he manages a roster of over 80 Teaching Artists in dance, music, theatre, visual arts and digital media, counsels youth pursuing arts careers, and leads professional development workshops for New York City educators.
A Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) practitioner who studied and worked with Augusto Boal, Alex has facilitated many TO workshops throughout his career, particularly with youth, educators and diverse immigrant communities. He is Past-President of the Board of Directors of Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. (, a national organization devoted to the work of liberatory educators, activists, artists, and community organizers. Alex is also Co-founder and Artistic Director of The Forum Project (, a theatre training and facilitation company that designs custom workshops, community projects, performances and trainings for a wide range of communities and social justice issues. Alex has previously taught at Drew University and The Living Theatre Conservatory. In addition to presenting his work at numerous national and international conferences, Alex is also a recipient of Repertorio Español's Van Lier Young Directors Fellowship. In 2010 he was elected to the board of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable.
Alex holds a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University and an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University Steinhardt.

Educational Theatre Courses:
Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed (Fall-MPAET-GE 2965)
Advanced Techniques in Theatre of the Oppressed (Spring-MPAET-GE 2966)