An Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed, for actors of all levels, hosted by Elena Velasco
Augusto Boal once noted that theatre can serve as the rehearsal for the revolution and that all theatre is inherently political (Theatre of the Oppressed, 1974). Theatre of the Oppressed embodies many theatrical forms of engagement that give voice to individuals and communities to discover ways and words that help address challenging circumstances. “Devising for Social Action” begins from TO practices to provide a brief overview of how the individual and the creative collective can center stories and enact change.
Elena Velasco (she/her/hers) is the Artistic Director of Convergence Theatre, a DC-based multidisciplinary social justice performance collective. She is also a theatre professor at Bowie State University. Director/choreographer highlights include: Convergence, GALA Hispanic, Synetic Theater, Keegan Theatre, Bowie State University, Catholic University, and Capital Fringe. Ms. Velasco serves as Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Co-Director for American Alliance for Theatre and Education and has been a featured workshop presenter at SETC, AATE, KCACTF and the Women’s Theatre Festival of NC. Upcoming Publication: "Questioning Social Justice: A Dialogue on Performance, Activism, and Being In-Between." Applied Theatre. Co-written with Asif Majid, Routledge Publications (2021 release).