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Theater of the Oppressed International Training June 2019

Center for Theater of the Oppressed

June 23-July 5 & Dec 8-20, 2019
Centro de Teatro do Oprimido-- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Theater of the Oppressed (T.O.) is a theater methodology created by Augusto Boal that equips and empowers oppressed people to transform society through art. CTO (Center for Theater of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro), was founded by Augusto Boal himself in 1986. CTO is one of the homes of T.O. and is at the forefront of continuing social justice work through theater. Every December, CTORio holds a T.O. training specifically for English-speakers. This year CTO is adding another training in June, so there will be two trainings in 2019 for participants to choose from. Each 2-week program will include an in-depth introduction to the methodology and rigorous facilitation training guided by veteran CTO jokers. The end goal of the program is for participants to be able to incorporate T.O. into their ongoing work back home as teachers, activists, artists and community organizers.

Early Bird Price: $1,600 USD — REGISTER BY MAR 15, 2019
Regular Price: $2,000 USD — REGISTER BY MAY 20, 2019
(Tuition includes workshops, housing AND daily breakfast)

Limited spots available!

To register:
1) fill out registration form at:
2) make $400 USD non-refundable deposit (contact for instructions).

*schedule subject to change.
Jun 23 — Introduction to CTO + Opening Workshop
Jun 24-26 — Aesthetics of the Oppressed Workshop
Jun 27 — Lecture + Meeting with Rio-based community T.O. groups
Jun 28-29 — Forum Theater Workshop (Days 1-2)
Jun 30 — Day Off
Jul 1-2 — Forum Theater Workshop (Days 3-4)
July 3 — Lecture + Meeting with Rio-based community T.O. groups
July 4-5 — Participants Lead Workshops + Closing

The program will be taught by veteran CTO Jokers, including Geo Britto, Julian Boal, Barbara Santos, and others.

Geo Britto is a long-time member of Center for Theater of the Oppressed, Rio de Janeiro having joined the team in 1990. He is currently the Artistic Director of the School for Popular Theater (Escola de Teatro Popular — ETP). He has coordinated and participated in a myriad of T.O. projects in favelas (slums), prisons, mental health institutions, schools, universities and cultural centers: T.O. in Maré (2013-2016), T.O. in Mental Health (2005-2010), Cultural Center “Ponto de Cultura” (2005-2008), and T.O. in Prisons (2003-2007). He has led lectures, workshops and performances in Palestine, Bolivia, Mozambique, Egypt, India, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Germany, UK, Canada and the U.S. Britto holds a Master’s in Contemporary Arts Studies from Universidade Federal Fluminense.

Julian Boal has led T.O. workshops in over 25 countries and helped in the realization of T.O. festivals & conferences in India, Croatia, Spain, France and Brazil. He published the book “Images of Popular Theater” and has participated in groups such as Ambaata, GTO-Paris, and Féminisme Enjeux. He holds a PhD and is founder and pedagogical coordinator of the School for Popular Theater (Escola de Teatro Popular– ETP).

Bárbara Santos is Artistic Director of KURINGA, a Theater of the Oppressed center in Berlin, and of T.O.gether Project & International Theatre Company made up of organizations from 7 different European nations. She is also the Artistic Director of the International Ma(g)dalena Network (Rede Magdalena Internacional), made up of world-wide feminist groups. In Brazil, Santos collaborates with Center for Theater of the Oppressed as the Editor of the journal METAXIS. She has 28 rich years of experience with the methodology, having practiced it in over 40 countries. She is the author of THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED, Roots & Wings: A Theory of the Praxis, released in 2016, available in Portuguese & Spanish.

If you are not a Brazilian citizen or a citizen of one of the countries in the Mercosul coalition (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay), you’ll need to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Brazil. You may do so by making an appointment at the nearest Brazilian Consulate — in the United States there are consulates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Miami, Boston, Hartford CT, Atlanta, Houston, and Norfolk VA. If you live outside of the US, you can find Brazilian consulates in virtually every capital city and most major cities. We recommend making an appointment as soon as possible as it can take weeks and sometimes months for a visa to be issued.

We also recommend you book your flight well ahead of time, as prices can hike up fast. In order to participate in Day 1 of the program on Jun 23, your flight must arrive on or before Dec Jun 22. Your housing will be provided by CTO for the period of Jun 22-July 6 (you will be responsible for housing prior and after this period if you plan on staying in Brazil longer than the duration of the program).

Registrations for the December 2019 International Training will open in July. To be put on the waiting list for registration of that program, please contact


photo by Bobby Gordon