11/15: Introductory Theater of the Oppressed Workshop

November 11, 2012 in Teach-In

When: Thursday Novemeber 15th, 5:30-6:45pm
Where: Deer Pile (13th and Sherman – above City O City)

After the release of Paolo Friere’s book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, a man named Augusto Boal was inspired to apply the book’s concepts to theater. Over time, his efforts developed into Theater of the Oppressed, a set of popular education tools meant to help people liberate themselves and create radical social change. In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to experience Theater of the Oppressed techniques, and utilize them to examine dynamics of power and privilege.

Dara Burwell has worked as a writer and community organizer dedicated to personal and collective liberation. Her upbringing as a queer woman of mixed racial heritage has always provided her with multifaceted observations on privilege and power. Dara completed her education as an English Major with a minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she was very involved in student activism and student government. After college, Dara worked as a community organizer and advocate within the nonprofit realm for several years. Dara has formally worked as an anti-oppression consultant for five (5) years, and has guided trainings, discussion groups, and other anti-oppression activities for eleven (11) years. She has designed and conducted over 60 workshops for more than 35 organizations, facilitated anti-oppression planning, provided executive coaching, facilitated caucuses/discussion groups, conducted assessments and evaluations, and earned her certificate in mediation. Dara’s work has encompassed both continuing and short-term projects, customized to suit each organization, and is specifically trained in Theater of the Oppressed and Community Counseling techniques.