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Residency: Brazilian Theatre for Social Change

Artist: Katie Issel Pitre

Type: Residencies


Middle and high school students will develop theater skills and tools for social action through this residency grounded in Augusto Boal’s Brazilian Theatre of the Oppressed. They will learn about how Theatre of The Oppressed was developed to combat social injustices, and about Boal and his school Centro de Teatro Oprimido in Rio, Brazil.  They will explore how this style of participatory theatre is a rehearsal for change-making and revolution, allowing a community to problem-solve by stepping into a protagonist’s shoes to act out solutions to a conflict. Students will develop as an ensemble as they work together to troubleshoot challenges they are personally facing on stage. Students will learn about the power of community and collaboration, engage in critical thinking around social issues and develop theatre literacy, learning vocabulary and techniques.  The class will be left with a great deal of momentum and plenty of action steps to create in-school or community-based projects.


Residency pricing is flexible depending on the number of classrooms and number of sessions. You can find residency pricing information here along with ideas for creating a residency that meets your needs and budget.


Brazil, Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum theatre, Social Change, Ensemble building

Curriculum Connections

Brazil, Social Justice/Social Change, Political Activism, Collaboration


Audience Limit: 30 per classroom

Program Length: Minimum 8 sessions each in 2 classrooms

Appropriate for Grades:
8th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Assembly Price: N/A

Assembly Back-to-Back Price: N/A

Workshop Cost per Day: N/A

Workshop Materials Fee: N/A

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Technical Requirements

A classroom where chairs/desks can be cleared to create a “playing space”


(10) October: Bullying Prevention Month/Red Ribbon Week

Curriculum Connections

Common Core Standards (Literacy)
History-Social Science
Language Arts