K-12 Educator's Workshop: Paulo Freire, Augusto Boal, and Theatre of the Oppressed

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 | 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Latin American and Iberian Institute

801 Yale Blvd NE (campus building #165)


Join us for a free professional development workshop for educators as we explore the Theatre of the Oppressed in reference to K-12 education. Based in the work of Brazilian educator and activist Paulo Freire, Theatre of the Oppressed was developed by Brazilian dramatist and activist Augusto Boal who sought, in his words, to “turn non-actors into actors, in the theater, and In society.” The practice is intended to engage with and empower communities. The first half of the workshop will be led by Dr. Ricky Lee Allen, Associate Professor in the UNM College of Education, who will provide a brief overview of Paulo Freire’s life (1921-1997), historical context, and major ideas. The second half of the evening will be led by community organizer María José Ramos, who will provide an overview of Theatre of the Oppressed and offer examples of the ways in which it has been used to address issues in communities and K-12 classrooms. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to practice these techniques.


This workshop is provided as a free professional development training for K-12 educators. Classroom resources, certificates of professional development, and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and can be confirmed by visiting https://theatreoftheoppressed2018.eventbrite.com


Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI)