USING BOAL'S IMAGE THEATRE TECHNIQUES TO MAP A THEORY OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Participants will learn some of the basics of Augusto Boal's formative "Image Theatre" techniques, and actively use them to explore credible ways to move a "real" situation of oppression (chosen by the group) to an "ideal" situation of social justice. Most of the workshop will be on your feet using tableau exercises, but will culminate in a brief writing exercise that points the way to writing collective plays about changing oppressive circumstances.
RON RUSSELL, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Epic Theatre Ensemble, co-founded Epic as an attempt to synthesize: the Neuroscience degree and passion for activism he received from Oberlin College; his MFA in directing from Louisiana State University that he received while helping found the state theatre of Louisiana; and his lifelong belief in the power of arts education to catalyze social change. He's trained in Anne Bogart’s “Viewpoints” through SITI, Forum Theatre techniques with both Augusto and Julian Boal, voice and speech through the American Director’s Project with Cicely Berry, and was longtime assistant director to the RSC’s Barry Kyle. He has directed extensively, including 11 Off-Broadway productions for Epic, and is currently developing new socially-conscious works by Nilaja Sun, Dominique Morisseau, and Keith Joseph Adkins.
Epic Theatre Ensemble
Epic Theatre Ensemble's mission is to create bold work with and for diverse communities that promotes vital discourse and social change. We accomplish this mission by inspiring students to be creative and engaged citizens, presenting compelling topics that transform the way people think and collaborating with artists, students and thought leaders to produce plays about key issues.