Theater of the Oppressed Workshop

This is not spectator theater. This is an interactive workshop. Come prepared to engage your mind and body.


The revolutionary crucible of Latin American politics gave birth to a form of radical cultural resistance called Theater of the Oppressed (TO), now practiced worldwide by millions of educators, artists, organizers, and activists. 


Based on Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, TO is a collection of games, techniques and exercises for using theater and art as a vehicle for personal and political transformation. It uses the dynamized human body and the charged theatrical space as laboratories for exploring power, transforming oppression, and finding collective solutions to the fundamental problems of conflict, inequality, injustice and human suffering.


This workshop will present an overview of the history & theory of TO, and share tools for engaging communities, creating dialogue, building solidarity, analyzing and transforming oppression, and creatively re-imagining political action.  This workshop should be useful for educators, activists, organizers, cultural workers, and anyone else interested in transforming relations of power through creativity and critical intelligence while reclaiming our fundamental sociality and relatedness.
"Theater of the Oppressed is a way of building the future, rather than waiting for it.”
Workshop Facilitators:
Jiwon Chung is a professional actor and director, and a key exponent of Theater of the Oppressed.
He is the Artistic Director of Kairos Theater Ensemble, Adjunct Professor at the Starr King School, Graduate Theological Union, and Past President of the national organization for Theater of the Oppressed. Author of numerous books, articles, interviews, and performances, the focus of his work is in the application of theater as a tool for social and political change, using Theater of the Oppressed to challenge, resist and transform systemic oppression and structural violence, and to redress large scale historical atrocity and injustice.
Kairos Theater Ensemble is a professional theater company dedicated to addressing and challenging structural violence
and systemic oppression, using the tools of Theater to bear witness, raise consciousness, create dialogue and inspire creative problem-solving and activism.

Kairos Theater Ensemble is member of Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space, presenting groundbreaking works in the literary, performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts.

Cost: Free though donations are greatly appreciated to continue these wonderful monthly events.

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  • illmeetyouthere

    Bonnie and I are on our way. 7:15 with luck

    July 25

  • Linda P.

    So sorry to cancel! I was really looking forward to this event. I hope there is another opportunity soon!

    July 24

  • Ashley W.

    I guess I'm going to have to cancel if I can't get a ride. Taxi is $1 5.00 each way!!

    I'm 2 minutes from 580...

    July 24

  • Sridevi

    This is event is happening tomorrow evening - totally looking forward to it! Glad to see a group forming here. Feel free to invite others!

    Ashley - I'm not coming from that direction, plus I'll be going early to set up. Is there someone else who can give Ashley a ride?

    July 24

  • Ashley W.

    Is anyone coming from the Lake Merritt area? I don't have a car.

    July 23

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