Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop

Over two 90-minute workshops (11/9 @ 1:15 and 4:15 PM) participants will be introduced to the art of Contastoria and its role in social movement expression. As with all of the Workshops, willing participants will perform a creation at the closing performance.

The Theatre of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the 1970s, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. Boal was influenced by the work of the educator and theorist Paulo Freire. Boal's techniques use theatre as means of promoting social and political change in alignment originally with radical-left politics and later with centre-left ideology. In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, such that as "spect-actors" they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living.


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Jarvis Antonio Green moved to the Upper Valley of Vermont/NH in 2011 from New York City and founded BarnArts Center for the Arts in Barnard, VT. He is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of JAG Productions and the former Director of Theatre Arts at ArtisTree Community Arts Center right outside of beautiful Woodstock, VT. Jarvis received his training at the prestigious Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, Anderson University and South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts. Directing credits include: Choir Boy, Fences, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (JAG Productions), Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Fiddler on the Roof (ArtisTree Theatre Company), The 39 Steps, Master Class, Porgy and Bess in Concert, Oliver!, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors (BarnArts Center for the Arts), Suessical the Musical (NCCT). He has also had an extensive career on the stage including My Heart is the Drum (World Premiere), Once On This Island, The Who’s Tommy (Village Theatre), Twelfth Night (RAW Shakespeare Company), Our Town, Clybourne Park, Twelve Angry Men (Northern Stage), The Wizard of Oz, Pirates of Penzance (Pentangle Arts), Ragtime (New London Barn Playhouse), Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line, La Cage Aux Folles, A New Brain (Capital Playhouse), Smokey Joe’s Café (Bellevue Civic Theatre), The Buddy Holly Story (5th Ave Theatre), Stardust (Harlequin Playhouse), The Play’s The Thing, Black Nativity, Our Town (Intiman Theatre).

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JAG Productions, Vermont's one Black theater company exists to produce classic and contemporary theatre and serve as an incubator of new works that excite broad intellectual engagement and catalyze a shift to more compassion, empathy, and love through the lens of the African American experience. We believe in creating theater that challenges hierarchies of race, gender, sexuality and identity, and that it is vital for the future of our families, communities and our nation.