An interview on the Theater of the Oppressed and the Occupy Movement

with Marie-Claire Pichere, co-founder of Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) and Elia Gurana

Image of the Word Exercise: The Future

TOPLAB in collaboration with OWS Education and Empowerment Committee and OWS Performance Guild are hosting a number of workshops, their current series of workshops explore Self-Organisation,  you can write to toplab(at) for more details.

Marie-Claire Picher is a co-founder (1989) of the Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory (TOPLAB) and has worked and collaborated closely with Augusto Boal until his death in 2009. One of the most experienced TO practitioners in North America, she has presented thousands of hours of TO facilitation training in New York and throughout the United States, as well as in Chiapas, Tabasco, Mexico City, Guatemala and Cuba.

Elia Gurna is an artist who uses Theater of the Oppressed in her work as a teaching artist and youth worker.

Theater of the Oppressed is a tool for building groups and communities, challenging power and practicing self- and social transformation. This workshop is designed for people who are actively working with others to create collective, people-controlled alternatives to the capitalist system, and who seek to remake the world into a compassionate and humane place, free of privilege, exploitation, violence and domination of the many by the few.

taken from

Useful Links:

Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory

International Theater of the Oppressed Organization

Pedagogy & Theater of the Oppressed (they host the largest TO conference)


The Forum Project


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