Forum Theater Introductory Training

At the Meetinghouse: Friday & Saturday, January 10th & 11th

Forum Theatre is a theatrical tool/technique developed in Latin America for organizing people to work for social justice. The training will equip participants with the ability, a support network, and the passion to create a Forum Theatre experience for their own community.

This training is connected with the
San Antonio Poor People’s Campaign

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OVERVIEW: “Forum Theatre is a theatrical game in which a problem is shown in an unsolved form, to which the audience, is invited to suggest and enact solutions.  The problem is always the symptom of an oppression, and generally involves visible oppressors and [a] protagonist who is oppressed. The game is a form of contest between the audience, trying to bring the play to a different end (in which the cycle of oppression is broken) and the actors ostensibly making every possible effort to bring it to its original end (in which the oppressed is beaten and the oppressors are triumphant).  . . Many different solutions are enacted in the course of a single forum – the result is a pooling of knowledge, tactics, and experience, and at the same time what Boal (the originator of this tactic) calls a ‘rehearsal for reality’.  The aim is always to stimulate debate (in the form of action, not just words), to show alternatives, to enable people ‘to become the protagonists of their own lives.” — Adrian Jackson

  • Friday January, 10th 6pm to 9:30pm
  • Saturday January, 11th 11am to 4pm

Due to the nature of this training, both days are required. Late entry beyond the first 45 minutes is not suggested. Please wear comfortable clothing. Light meals and snacks will be provided.

Participants should pre-register online through Google Forms:

About the Trainer:
Roberto Prestigiacomo is a theater-maker whose creative work includes the development of community-based theatre through improvisation and storytelling techniques, and the creation of original physical theater pieces (TransPerformance). Roberto, a produced playwright, was artistic director for Theater With Your Coffee, Potlatch Theater Lab. He has directed (representative): Julius Caesar, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Triumph of Love, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Marisol, How I Learned to Drive, One for the Road, Fat Pig, Guys and Dolls, Back of the Throat, Dog Sees God, The Forum Theater Project 08 “Facing San Antonio’s Homeless”, The Forum Theater Project 09 “Walls and Borders” as well as original works like pastiche, Sabbia and Guernika. Roberto is a member of Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), American Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), and is a native of Rome, Italy.

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