NYU Steinhardt

Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed

  • Course Number: MPAET-GE 2965
  • Hours: 45
  • Units: 3
  • Description: This course is an introduction to the sociopolitical activist forms that make up the arsenal of the Theatre of the Oppressed. Originally developed in Brazil by theatre innovator Augusto Boal, these forms were inspired by the educational theories of Paulo Freire & employed with peasants & workers throughout Latin America. Now they are used internationally & have been developed & adapted by countless companies & practitioners. This introductory level course will engage students with the foundational theories, through the writings of both Freire & Boal, & given them a sound exposure to the interactive games & exercises that form the bedrock of this work. Students will investigate social, political, pedagogical & artistic intersections through Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, & Newspaper Theatre.
  • Old Course Number: E17.2965